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Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Named Finalist in Essentially Ellington Competition and Needs Your Support

9542815_1456707948.4352The Philharmonic Association is pleased to announce that the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) has been named one of fifteen finalists in the 21st Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival.

TYJE is sponsored by the Philharmonic Association which offers award winning string and wind ensembles open to all youth in the Triangle area. TYJE is comprised of twenty-two students from various high schools in the Triangle area. It is led by Dr. Gregg Gelb, a recipient of the Jazz Composers Award from the United Arts Council and well-known North Carolina-based jazz performer and teacher.

TYJE is the first band from North Carolina to be named as a finalist in the Essentially Ellington competition. To be named as one of the top 15 high school aged jazz bands in the nation, and to be named as the first finalist ever from North Carolina, is a tremendous honor for TYJE and the Philharmonic Association. Nearly 100 high school jazz bands applied for the right to perform in New York City. To enter, each school submitted recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington library.

As a finalist, TYJE will have the opportunity to spend three days in New York City immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center. On May 7, the Competition and Festival will conclude with a concert and awards ceremony featuring the three top-placing bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Please show your support for these young musicians who have achieved this high honor for North Carolina by making a donation to help fund their trip. They need to reach a goal of $25,000 for all musicians to be able to attend and perform at the event. You can contribute by going to Every $100 contribution gets them a mile closer to their goal.


Designated charitable donations may be made by check or money to the:

Philharmonic Association
PO Box 782
Cary, NC 27512

The entire weekend, including the final concert featuring the three top-placing bands, will be webcast live.

The Competition and Festival is the culmination of the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program, which also includes non-competitive regional festivals around the country, teaching resources, a summer Band Director Academy, newsletters, and more. The year-long Essentially Ellington program will have distributed 30,000 newly transcribed scores by the end of this school year. Nearly 3,800 high school bands will have participated in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2015-16 Essentially Ellington program and benefited from free charts and resources.

More About The Triangle Youth Ensemble:

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble is based in Raleigh under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb. TYJE is for advanced musicians in grades 8 – 12 who want to develop the skills to perform a wide range of jazz compositions. Membership is by audition in late summer. The ensemble provides the opportunity for members to study and perform the best of big band jazz in a professional setting.a variety of performance opportunities and participates in the Essentially Ellington program from Jazz at Lincoln Center

More About The Philharmonic Association:

The Philharmonic Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation based in Raleigh. It was formed in 1988 and its mission is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to learn, understand, and perform all genres of great classical and jazz music; to provide professional training to promote the students’ participation in and lifelong understanding and love of great classical and jazz music; and to increase family awareness and community interest in order to ensure continuing appreciation of, participation in, and financial support of these musical activities.

The Philharmonic Association sponsors three orchestras (Triangle Youth Philharmonic, Triangle Youth Symphony, Triangle Youth Orchestra), four jazz ensembles (Triangle Youth Ensemble, Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra, Triangle Youth Jazz Band, and Triangle Youth Jazz Lab), and other smaller string and wind ensembles for advanced musicians.

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1 Response

  1. The is a huge milestone……..congratulations!
    Have a wonderful time at the NYC workshops.