For the fifth consecutive year, the Dillard Center for the Arts’ jazz band is a finalist in the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.
Dillard Jazz is the two-time winner of the competition billed as the Super Bowl of high school jazz band competitions, which is led by artistic director Wynton Marsalis.
Dillard is one of three Florida finalists. The others are the Community Arts Program in Coral Gables and Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee.
Dillard says it needs to raise $25,000 for the students to make the trip to New York.
Toward that end, the Dillard Jazz will be host a benefit concert from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday dubbed
“Sweet Dillard Jazz.” Those who pay the $10 admission will receive a free dessert at intermission.
The concert will be at the Fort Lauderdale school at the Dillard Center for the Arts Main Theatre
2501 NW 11th st.
Dillard was one of 15 bands that made the cut from more than 100 high school jazz bands across the country. The jazz band has placed first and second in prior competitions and last year received an honorable mention.