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Friday, April 5, 2019

The St. Louis Jazz Club - Essentially Ellington Regional Festival at SIUE

The Essentially Ellington Regional Festival is an education-focused festival designed to offer high school jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers. Participating bands receive professional feedback from Jazz at Lincoln Center clinicians and other jazz professionals in their own backyard. This festival is a production of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the jazz studies program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and is made possible through the generous support of The St. Louis Jazz Club.
Your festival experience will include a 30-minute pre-performance clinic, an adjudicated performance with written comments from all the judges, a recording of your performance, a variety of clinics, and an evening concert featuring all bands, clinicians, and the SIUE Concert Jazz Band.


2019 Guest Clinicians:

Jerome Jennings: Drums, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Director of Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
Bob StewartTuba, Jazz at Lincoln Center 
Reggie Thomas: Piano, Count Basie Orchestra, director of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University
Jeff Campbell: Bass, director of jazz studies at Eastman School of Music
Dennis Mackrel: Drums, former director of Count Basie Orchestra

with SIUE Jazz Faculty:

Miles Vandiver

Tentative Schedule:

8:30am - 1pm Band Clinics and Adjudicated Performances

1 - 2:30 Lunch (on your own, see dining options below) and Jam Session

2:30 - 3:30 Improvisation and Rhythm Section Master Classes

3:30 - 4:30 Master Classes and Rhythm Sectional

4:30 - 5:30 Band Rehearsals with Guest Artists (1 Guest Artist per band)

5:30 - 7:30 Supper (on your own)

7:30 Evening Concert


We will provide the following rhythm section instruments: Drum set (bring your own cymbals), vibes, piano/keys, bass amp, and guitar amp.


This event will be held in Dunham Hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

School buses should drop students off in the back (west side) of Dunham Hall, accessible through parking lot E (38°47'36.9"N 90°00'11.0"W). After drop off, all buses must park in lot 10 (38°47'49.0"N 89°59'36.5"W).

For a printable map of campus, visit


On Campus Dining: The Morris University Center has a large food court offering a variety of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is located a short walk southeast of Dunham Hall. For more information on campus dining, visit

Off Campus Dining: Edwardsville has many great restaurants. Contact us for a recommendation, or visit here 


Holiday Inn and Suites

Country Hearth Inn and Suites


Contact Jason Swagler, Director of Jazz Studies at: (618) 650-2355 or

To participate, submit the online application below:

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