The annual regional Essentially Ellington festival offers high school students an array of performance clinics in the morning, and an afternoon of masterclasses and improvisation sessions. Each of the participating high schools performs in the evening with one of the festival’s guest clinicians as a featured soloist.
Participating Schools: Cambridge, Brookfield Central, Columbus, Concord, Fond du Lac, Middleton, Menomonee Falls, Mt. Horeb, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, West DePere
Guest Artists: Jim Piela – alto saxophone; Lauren Sevian- baritone saxophone; Dan Wallach – alto/bari saxophone; Kellin Hanas – trumpet; Marty Robinson – trumpet; Steve Horne – trombone; Chris Rottmayer – piano; Reggie Thomas – piano; Rick Haydon – guitar; Katie Ernst – bass; Dave Hammond – drums.