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#TakeTwoKnees for Black Lives Matter

The String Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Heather Haughn, invited DESA’s musical partners to participate in a video for the #TakeTwoKnees Black Lives Matter campaign. The video includes students and faculty from Ellington; The Northwest School (Seattle); the Annapolis…

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Virtual Performances During COVID-19

“Like A Bridge’, Virtual Performance by Show Choir: Voices in Motion The Upper School Orchestra teams up with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra for a virtual performance of Reynard Burns’ Tango Loco Tango Loco from Duke…

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Ellington Alumnus Wallace Roney, Intrepid Jazz Trumpeter, Dies From COVID-19 Complications At 59

Sadly we learned today that renowned Trumpeter/composer and Ellington Alum, Wallace Roney passed away due to complications of the Coronavirus. Mr. Roney was a superb bandleader mixing post-bop sensibilities with funk, fusion, and free jazz. When he entered the Duke…

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Grammy-winning Ellington School alum Ben Williams uses art as form of protest

The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike was the last protest the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. orchestrated before his assassination April 4 of that year, and their slogan was, “I AM A MAN.”  More than 50 years later, Grammy-winning…

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