Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble I

Directed by Don Zentz (Jacksonville, FL)

The flagship of the jazz studies program at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida is Jazz Ensemble I. As an integral part of the seven time Grammy Signature School award winning music department at DA, the band has performed extensively at national / international conferences and jazz festivals over its 30+ year existence – including just this past January for the 2017 JEN Conference in New Orleans. Jazz Ensemble I is the 2006 winner of the Essentially Ellington Competition and has been recognized by DownBeat Magazine as Outstanding High School Performing Arts Big Band. Our high profile alumni include Jamison Ross, Bob Reynolds, and Ulysses Owens. The Douglas Anderson Jazz Ensemble I is honored to be making its fifth appearance as a national finalist band at Swing Central.