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VIRTUAL BIG BAND – Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble – Jump for Joy

Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble Presents Jump For Joy by Duke Ellington
Directed by Christopher De León
Mixed and edited by Senior Student, Sammy Hanson
This project wasn’t about performing perfectly. It was about coming together and creating music again as a musical family and giving our students something to strive for. Each student performed and recorded themselves on their phones or computers. The audio and video was mixed and edited by one our senior students, Sammy Hanson with guidance from our director, Mr. De León. Recording in this manner presents all sorts of challenges. But it was all worth it to be together again even if just through a video screen.
In these very difficult times, the students of the TSJE would like to bring some JOY to your life by courtesy of the master, Duke Ellington. April and May were scheduled to be two very special months for us as we were selected to perform for the 7th time at Savannah Music Festival’s “Swing Central Jazz Competition” and, for the second year in a row, the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City. Like so many all across the world, we now find ourselves in this current situation. We sincerely hope that this video brightens up your day. Once this is all over and we honor all those we have been lost and those who have courageously helped others in need, let us rejoice in our newly appreciated togetherness and JUMP FOR JOY!
The Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble is one of five nationally accomplished performance ensembles within the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts. What started out as an after-school program 26 years ago has developed into a daily in-school curricular performance ensemble and combo that performs over 20 times a year. This ensemble has developed a rich tradition of excellence in performing and studying all styles within the jazz genre. The Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble and Combos have had award-winning performances at local, state, and national jazz festivals throughout the country. They have performed at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival (2015), Essentially Ellington Regionals, selected for the Savannah Music Festival’s Swing Central Jazz Competition (2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020) and Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in NYC (2019, 2020). Additionally, the Conservatory has hosted Guest Artist Residences and Clinics annually. Past Artist have included Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup, Scotty Barnhart, Bob Reynolds, and Terrell Stafford. In 2018 the Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble was a winner of the Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Award for “Outstanding Performance” in the category of Large Jazz Ensemble – High School.

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