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RRHS Students Perform with TJI at 2014 Essentially Ellington HS Jazz Band Competition

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Three RRHS students will perform with the 25-member Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) at the Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City, May 7-11, 2014. Students are senior Gabriel Paco (Clarinet and Alto Saxophone), senior Tyler Bauer (Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet), and freshman Richie Brennan (Trombone).

TJI will perform three pieces composed by Duke Ellington: (1) “Happy Go Lucky Local,” (2) I Like the Sunrise,” and (3) “Diminuendo and Crescendo.” Paco is scheduled to perform a solo with the band in all three pieces.

Bauer, Paco and Brennan have been preparing for the competition, traveling with the TJI Basie Band to various jazz festival competitions this year. Most recently, Bauer was one of only five in the nation to receive the “Outstanding Solo with Tenor Saxophone” award at the “Next Generation Jazz Festival,” in Monterey, CA.

Doug Tidaback, Director of Large Ensembles and Music Technology at Tucson Jazz Institute, is a band director at SCVUSD No. 35. Tidaback led TJI in winning three years at Essentially Ellington, taking first place in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

“The Essential Ellington Competition is the Super Bowl; it’s the NCAA Tournament; it’s the World Series of High School Jazz,” said Tidaback. “Only 15 bands from hundreds of entries across the nation are selected to compete.”

“To me it’s not about winning. It’s about each of us performing at our highest level and then creating the highest potential sound and experience for the group and the audience,” said Tidaback. “Winning is a just a by-product.”

TJI is scheduled to perform Friday, May 9, 12:10pm (Arizona time). The competition can be viewed live at www.jalc.org/live.

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