“One of Utah’s most successful high school musical groups, the Crescent Super Band, is adding to its many accolades next week, as one of 15 from around the country to compete in the 21st annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.
The three-day event — named for legendary jazz musician and composer Duke Ellington — takes place May 5-7 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex in New York City. Nearly 100 high school jazz bands across North America entered the competition by submitting recordings of three tunes from the “Essentially Ellington” library.
While the competition has been held annually for the past 21 years, this is the first time The Crescent Super Band, based in American Fork, was eligible to compete. “It was originally only open to bands that were associated with a specific high school and our musicians come from many different schools,” said Super Band director Caleb Chapman. Organizers recently changed the rules to allow conglomerate groups from a wider area.“