WHS Jazz Band Wins 1st Place at Essentially Ellington Festival; Will then play this weekend’s John Rhodes Jazz Symposium at home


At Saturday March 26, Wilton High School students participated in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Jazz Festivalwhere they received a master class from world-renowned musicians and then competed against seven other top high school jazz bands from the tri-state area.

music teacher troy williams brought two of the three WHS jazz bands to the festival. After a long day at the home venue, Greenwich High School, Wilton students sat down at the awards ceremony to find out where they had placed.

Wilton High School Jazz Bands have won:

Outstanding Jazz Band (ranked with highest score)

Wilton Jazz Band #1

Outstanding Soloist

Allison Eidt
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Ciara Garcia
Finnbar O’Halloran

Outstanding Bassist

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Outstanding Pianist

George Huberty

Local audiences will have the opportunity to hear jazz musicians from Wilton High School this Friday, April 8, during the year John Rhodes Jazz Symposium held at Wilton High School. The symposium will begin at 4 p.m.

There will be performances of Middlebrook School, Greenwich High School, King School, Newtown High School and the Berkshire Jazz Orchestra. Also, Wilton resident and musician Arthur Lipner will be the special guest clinician, sponsored by Conn-Selmer.

Members of the public are invited to attend. The event is free and donations will be accepted.

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Henry R. Wright