Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition 2014 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC! I received the Outstanding Piano Award from Wynton Marsalis. We came in 3rd place behind two community super bands, that can cherry-pick players. We’re the top high school jazz band in the country! As a high school band, we can’t just only choose the best players from our region. Photo with Mark O’Connor, Jazz Violinist, and Christian McBride, Jazz Bassist.