ALL ARTS Celebrates Essentially Ellington

S2019 E2 | FULL EPISODE

EP. 2: The Awards

Experience the 2019 Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival with “The Awards,” where 1 band will be named winner of this year’s competition. 15 high school jazz bands from across North America traveled to New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Hosted by Roxy Coss and Patrick Bartley.

AIRED: June 09, 2019 | 0:25:56
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We're honored to hear y'all play.

We built this all, we wanted the community

to sit in here just like y'all are sitting here.

We could dream about kids cheering for each other,

wanted to be a part of this process,

but then there's a deeper truth to our music.

A motto that Duke Ellington had was be a number-one yourself

and not a number-two somebody else.

The Duke Ellington legacy and the band

is about creativity,

and we saw that in such abundance --

we saw so many creative young people.

I was very, very impressed with all of the bands.

Many of you played better than I did when I was in high school.

But what I will say is, um,

it's important that you maintain relationships

that you maintain in the band that you play in,

because these will be the people that you play with

for the rest of your life.

Fifteen, sixteen years later,

I'm playing with the same musicians

I played with back when I was in high school and college.

Don't lose the joy that you have.

Think back to this moment in this room,

because this is a very powerful moment.

You're here, you're in New York City

at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

This is something that you want to continue to come back to

whenever you feel yourself, you know,

straying from who you are -- don't ever lose that.

Don't lose that.

Very happy to have the pleasure to be able to

listen to each of you -- keep the tradition

of the music alive,

it will always be new and fresh

because it's based on improvisation.

Listen to the people who created this music -- that's important.

Because what we're doing here is something more than just music.

The wonderment that I have, sitting there watching

everyone in high school --

we didn't have a jazz ensemble in my high school.

And the fact that you get to explore this music

with so many talented friends, I envy you,

because I wish I had that when I was in high school.

Here are the bands, in no particular order:

Dillard Center for the Arts.

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Roosevelt High School.

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Foxboro High School.

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Okay.

It's been our pleasure being a part of this year's festival,

and thank you all so much.

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This is really my favorite moment of this entire festival,

15 bands performed over these past two days.

We're just going to talk a little bit about

your band director.

A band director has to be a counselor,

a fundraiser,

a person who goes, "Mm-hmm."

[ Laughter ]

A disciplinarian,

a friend,

like a parent,

so many roles

the band director fulfills,

and they're so far, far, far beyond

whatever level of compensation they receive.

So, I want you all to recognize

your band directors as we ask them to join us on the stage

for the rest of the awards.

Please, band directors, come forward,

and, students, recognize them.

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And now, from the bands you heard tonight,

third place and $1,000 award goes to Foxboro High School.

[ Cheering and applause ] Aaron Bush.

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It is such an honor to be part of this family.

Thank you so much for enjoying this

and for being part of this soul, we love you.

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Second place and a $2,500 award,

goes to Dillard Center for the Arts.

Christopher Dorsey.

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I just want to say thank you to my students

for being the best students that I can have, all right?

Thank you.

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The Jack Rudin -- the Jack Rudin first place award

and a $5,000 prize goes to Roosevelt High School,

Scott Brown. [ Cheering and applause ]

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Uh, I'm looking out at my band,

and they're so happy, and nothing could make me happier.

This is, um -- [ Audience awws ]

No, I'm serious.

I've been doing this a long time,

and I've been coming here a long time,

and to be honored like this,

amongst all of you amazing musicians

and fantastic directors,

at a festival of this level,

is something to be cherished... to be cherished.

And for me, as a band director,

you know, you go through ups and downs,

and at this stage of my career,

to have 18 young people

who have the kind of drive and passion

and integrity, and love,

to be able to accomplish their goals

and play beautiful music together,

and to be here together,

is something I will never forget.

Rough Riders.

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Congratulations to everybody.

Stay on your instruments.

Get home safe.

We love you and we will see you out here.

Take care and have a good night. Thank you.

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Jazz is sort of my way of expressing things

that I'm not able to express any other way.

What jazz means to me is expression.

Instrumental expression.

Expressing yourself through music.

It basically tells the story that words can't.

Jazz represents joy, and it represents cooperation.

Jazz is life.

Without jazz music, all these people

I probably wouldn't have had the chance to meet.

The biggest thing jazz has given me is the ability

to meet other people and connect with people

I thought I would never be able to connect with.

It's more of, like, a celebration of

everyone's hard work and the tradition of jazz here,

and I think that's really, really special.

I absolutely love jazz and hope to continue

doing it for the rest of my life.

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