For 20 years, Jazz at Lincoln Center's free educational program, ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON, has introduced high school students to the joys of studying and playing jazz, specifically through the lens of Duke Ellington. As part of this program, Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, a competition of the best high school jazz bands from across the country.
Follow us on a journey with the students from Whiteland Community High School, a first-time finalist in the competition, as they embark on a musical weekend of competition, camaraderie, and jazz in May 2014.
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Director/Editor: Jason Hutt
Producers: Jason Hutt, Eugenia Han
Director of Photography: Joshua Z. Weinstein
Sound Engineer: Peter Doddenhoff
Art Direction: Casey Walter
Graphics: Mike Tully, James Thigpen