May 11--A Fort Lauderdale high school traveled to New York and placed third in a prestigious national jazz competition on Saturday.
Dillard Center for the Arts finished in the top three at the 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.
The third-place finish also brought home a $1,000 prize for the school. Fifteen finalists competed at this year's competition.
Dillard musical director Christopher Dorsey said, "I want to thank my students. I have some of the greatest students in the world."
The school also had several standout performances including Max Holm and Ulysses McClover on Piano, Chris Mills on Bass, Zachary Auslander on Guitar, Zachary McKinney on Drums, Christian Cummings on Alto, Ben Stocker on Tenor and Anthony Hervey on Trumpet.
McClover, a junior, was thrilled with his piano performance and knows his mom will be, too.
"It's probably one of the best Mother's Day gifts she's gotten, to see her son perform in New York and to get all these accolades from people," McClover said. "I'm so proud of myself right now."
The rhythm and trombone sections also received accolades at the competition.
The competition capped off three days of mentoring, jam sessions and workshops at Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Tucson Jazz Institute of Tucson, Ariz., took top honors as Jazz House Kids of Montclair, N.J., finished second.
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