Congratulations to the 2018-19 SPHS Jazz Ensemble I as they competed as a National Finalist in the 24th annual “Essentially Ellington” jazz competition and festival in New York City. The band left early in the morning on May 8th from Milwaukee and arrived at the newly renovated Southwest terminal at LaGuardia airport. They then drove past the Steinway factory where our own Steinway piano came from on their way to Louis Armstrongs’ house in Queens. It was a great tour and very informative on the life and music of the great jazz master. We also had a glimpse of the new Queens College visitor center that is being built across the street from the Armstrong’s house.