Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced the three top-placing high school jazz bands in the nation that took the highest honors recently at the prestigious 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York.The first-place winner is Dillard Center for the Arts from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The second-place winner is Newark Academy from Livingston, NJ and third-place winner is Tucson Jazz Institute from Tucson, AZ. Honorable Mention is Beloit Memorial High School from Beloit, WI and Roosevelt High School from Seattle, WA . Beginning on May 10, the top 15 high school jazz bands in the country participated in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival and were immersed in three days of mentoring, jam sessions, and workshops. The competition culminated in the May 12 concert wherein each top-placing band performed with their choice Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member as a soloist. The final concert also featured the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – whose members served as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the week – performing repertoire made famous by Duke Ellington. Each finalist band was chosen by a panel of judges comprised of distinguished jazz musicians and historians: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis; composer, arranger, acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap; big band leader, drummer and Grammy-nominated recording artist Jeff Hamilton; acclaimed musician and former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Todd Williams and renowned flautist, saxophonist, composer, educator, and EE Alum Erica von Kleist. At the ceremony, Wynton Marsalis presented awards to each of the 15 finalist high school jazz bands. Dillard Center for the Artsaccepted the first place trophy and an award of $5,000. Newark Academy accepted the second place trophy and an award of $2,500.Tucson Jazz Institute accepted the third place trophy with an award of $1,000. Roosevelt High School and Beloit Memorial High School received honorable mention with an award of $750. The remaining ten bands were each awarded cash awards of $500. All monetary awards are to be used for improving the jazz education programs of each respective high school.
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Wellington Police notes: Friday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015Friday, October 2, 2015â€¢11:19 a.m. Officers took a report of children in need of care in the 100 block W. 18th, Wellington.â€¢9:37 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools and building materials in the 900 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.â€¢1 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1900 block E. Lincoln, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Samantha F. Brown, 31, Gardner, Kans. and a fixed object/utility pole owned by the city of Wellington.1 p.m. Samantha F. Brown, 31, Gardner, Kans. was issued a notice to appear for fail to report an accident.â€¢2 p.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 700 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Charles K. Kimbel, 53, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Raymond Fletcher, Lake Benton, Minn.â€¢4:19 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 400 block N. Blaine, Wellington.â€¢5:52 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Jerald G. Loughmiller, 59, Wellington and James D. Fitzer, 49, Wellington.â€¢10:55 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for defective taillight.â€¢11:35 p.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to submit to a preliminary breath test.Saturday, October 3, 2015â€¢12:01 a.m. Robert C. Hamilton, 31, Riverdale, was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while under the influence of alcohol and refusal to submit to a preliminary breath test.â€¢3:16 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢8:38 a.m. Tremain D. Gingerich, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 44 mph in a 30 mph zone.â€¢10:30 a.m. Chase A. Rosewicz, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.â€¢11:05 a.m. Caly D. Hochevar, 30, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 44 mph in a 30 mph zone.â€¢11:29 a.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 1300 block E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Deborah R. Meyer, 63, Conway Springs and a fixed object owned by Steak House Motel, Wellington.â€¢Tasha Metcalf, 35, Wellington was served a summons to appear for dog bite violation and determination that the dog is vicious.â€¢7:03 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block W. 8th, Wellington.â€¢8:28 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency by a known suspect in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.Sunday, October 4, 2015â€¢11 a.m. Hit and run, private property accident in the 1800 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a vehicle owned by Shannon K. Decatur, Belle Plaine.â€¢11:32 a.m. Officers investigated battery, assault and criminal damage to property in the 800 block S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢11:52 a.m. Duston L. Hoss, 33, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with battery, assault and criminal damage to property.â€¢1:58 p.m. Officers took a report of lost purse in the 1200 block S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢2:12 p.m. Officers investigated a battery of a known suspect in the 200 block N. Ash, Wellington.â€¢5:49 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington.â€¢11:25 p.m. Kimberly R. Shaw, 40, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for defective brake lights and no proof of insurance.
by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier•I would be lying…you would be lying…the whole courtroom would be lying (sorry, a little Al Pacino there “And Justice For All”—you don’t know). Anyway, anybody that tells you they had the Toronto Raptors beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Championship would be lying. !• Speaking of being a reader…and not you because you’re reading…but for those who don’t…you need to put them on point. Every African American within reach should be reading and subscribing to the New Pittsburgh Courier. C’mon Man!•Just in case you thought it was over, it ain’t over. Your Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Saint Vincent College on Friday, July 26 for their 54th consecutive training camp. And, this year’s cry is “Redemption!” The cancer has been removed, egos are back in check and the ultimate objective has been reestablished. The team is going to the Super Bowl; not individuals, the team! Camp runs until Aug. 15. Practice is free to all visitors each day from noon to 6 p.m. Special note—you can get your photo with a Steeler legend daily from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.•Hey, just a word to the wise. Summertime is here. That means you have to be ever more aware, eyes wide open, no texting and driving—kids all around you!•You know you want this movie review, so shut up and take it like a grown-up. And, this one’s not for everybody, but if you loved “Bennie and the Jets” then you’ll love “Rocketman,” the movie. I give it three basketballs.•As always, it is your duty and in your best interest to vote Donald Trump out of office!!!•GAME OVER! Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier