Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Essentially Ellington 2017 - NYC

I just returned from New York with the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Ensemble I. We were 1 of 15 finalists in the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition held at Jazz @ Lincoln Center at Columbus Circle.

Here's a shot of our seniors for 2016-17.

We had a great time a learned much. Students got to meet and play with many other great players from around the US and Cuba!  I recommend participating in this festival for any band director that would enjoy the challenge. 2017 was our 5th time attending and it's always very well run.

Here's a link to the video of our band's performance ... I'm not sure how long this will remain on the internet but hopefully for a bit.

This is the playlist including student soloist names.

Here's a photo slideshow of some of the rest of the trip.  We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, attended "Bandstand" musical at the Jacobs Theater, jam session in the Appel room at Jazz@Lincoln Center, performance and Q & A with Wynton Marsalis in the Rose Ballroom, toured the city with Rick Bennett and visited Mezzrow and the Village Vanguard jazz clubs to hear Bill Cunliffe trio and the Vijah Ayer trio.

Photo slideshow of trip activities ...

Big thanks to all of these folks for helping make this trip a success.


Todd Williams and Ted Nash
Host Dan Quigley


Booster community
Leigh-Ann Hafford - trip coordinator

Bonnie fryzlewicz
Candy Gaul
Robin Blahous
Pete Bennett
Dan Chappelle
Gordon Tibbits
Katie Tibbits


Edmonds School District (public school) 

Kate Labiak - College Place Middle School 
Matt Edwards - Madrona K-8 School
Angela Zumbo - Brier Terrace Middle School

Assistant Band Directors with Jazz 2 and 3
Alex Dugdale
Dan Greenblatt

Private coaches
Garey Williams
Steve Treseler
Mark Taylor
Jeff Hay
Barb Hudak

Mr. Bergevin's school band directors 
Gary Evans - Rose Hill Jr. High and Lake Washington High School
John Moawad - Central Washington University

Family - Christina, Elijah and Jordan Bergevin and my Mom Susan Malinosky

Thursday, May 4, 2017

EE17 - gearing up for NYC and Essentially Ellington Festival

It's already been a very busy spring.  After returning from Cuba, Edmonds-Woodway High School hosted Todd Williams of the Wynton Marsalis septet as our clinician for the Essentially Ellington Festival. April 15th was our annual Big Band Dance with guest musicians for the neighboring middle schools and loads of happy dancers. Now we are getting close to departure for NYC.  Expecting to have fun and learn a lot too.