For the tenth year, Sun Prairie High School was selected as one of fifteen finalists in Essentially Ellington.

The individual awards included:

• Robert Rockman, honorable mention on the banjo

• Sebastian Roman, outstanding alto, and outstanding soprano saxophone

• Kayla Nelson, honorable mention on the baritone saxophone

• Sydney Challoner, outstanding trumpet

The first place winner was New World School of the Arts from Florida, second place winner was Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble from North Carolina and third place winner was Tucson Jazz Ensemble Arizona.

The 15 Essentially Ellington finalists in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival were immersed in three days of mentoring, jam sessions, and workshops.

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