The visit was part of the band’s work with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, an organization that hosts Essentially Ellington, a program and competition for high school bands.
The Jazz Band was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country to compete in Essentially Ellingtonin May. (The event has been postponed until further notice in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.)
Schools who qualify spend three days in New York City immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances.
Dean Transportation, which carries some 80,000 students to and from school in Michigan, operates on a philosophy of caring for each one of them under the leadership of Kellie Dean, a former special-education teacher...