Duke Ellington Festival
2016 dates: May 25th to 30th • Call for late additions and performance opportunities
2017 dates: May 24th-29th, 2017

Performance opportunities for your entire music department!

Who: Open to domestic and international High School Age Music Programs. US High School programs.

Marching Band, NYU Washington Square Review, Intrepid Flat Top Performance, NYC Memorial Day Parade in Brooklyn celebrating 150 years! Intrepid and other Fleet Week Standing Performances Auxiliaries. Dance Studio clinics, including Mercedes Ellington!

Concert Band, Choir/Show Choir: Main Stage at Duke Ellington Street Art and Music Fair on 6th Ave at Radio City.
Professional Clinics at NYU Kimmel School of Music, and NYACK College all new Music Department in Lower Manhattan.
Meet and greet with some of New York City’s Jazz greats!

Jazz, Concert and Big Band, Wind, Percussion, and other ensembles and Choral Ensembles. Performances in St Peter’s Church, "The Jazz Church" on Madison Avenue and Citibank Plaza, University level clinics as requested, and more! Specially performances at St Patrick’s Cathedral, and more great opportunities for your entire Fine Arts Department.

Jazz Brunch Cruise: Join us for a once in a lifetime boat cruise, brunch, music and special guests!


Customize Festival Only with professional event management staffing to fit your music department with any or all of the following:

Combine your Festival experience with a customized New York City Itinerary


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Early/International Arrivals with hotel check in.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Noon. Duke Ellington Society Kick Off Concerts at St Peter’s Church Lexington and 53rd, with high school performance opportunities at the Citibank Plaza.

Duke Ellington Conference meetings.

Dinner and Theater options

Hotel Check In

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Breakfast at your hotel.

Tour New York City! Jazz Tour, Upper and Lower Manhattan walking tours.

Radio City Music Hall Guided Tour, Meet the Artist Programs, great mid town dinner opportunities, and Free Broadway Show Tickets included with all inclusive tours.

Clinics at New York University Kimmel Center and at NYACK Lower Manhattan Campus.

Afternoon concerts at St Peters Church on Madison Ave "The Jazz Church" and the Citibank Plaza.

Evening Dinner in Manhattan and complimentary Broadway Show or Lincoln Center Tickets.

Return to your hotel.

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Enjoy a river cruise "Jazz Brunch" on the Spirit of New York. See the Statue of Liberty up close, as well as enjoy a buffet, and DJ/live music

Afternoon concerts at St Peters Church on Madison Ave "The Jazz Church" and the Citibank Plaza.

Tour New York City, visit the Fleet Week festivities, including Marching Band performances on The Intrepid. Dance Studio Workshop Day.

Jazz and specialty ensembles performing at St Peter’s Church. "The Jazz Church"

Time Square shopping/touring.

Dinner and show.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Breakfast at your hotel.

Specialty Concerts produced at St Peter’s, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and more!

Performances all day at The Duke Ellington Music and Art Street Fair. Stage Performances for groups all day long on Broadway near Lincoln Center. Open to participating Concert, Jazz, Big Band, specialty ensembles, and Choral, and Show Choirs.

Visit the Fleet Week Exhibits, performances at the Intrepid, and more.

Dinner and open schedule subject to your schedule.

Monday, May 29th, 2017. Memorial Day

Breakfast at your hotel, check out.

Marching Band performance. March with veteran’s groups, the Navy, ROTC, and many more in celebration of the oldest Memorial Day Parade in the US, the New York City Memorial Day Parade in Brooklyn! Special Ceremony honoring special responders 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Lunch after the Parade.

Depart for home, or customize your schedule to stay.

Festival and Tour Combinations
What’s included

2-4 night hotel, with breakfast each morning.

Free Broadway show tickets as per show availability at time of booking

Total Production Coordination customized to your Fine Arts Department

Meals, security, full itinerary coordination

Tour Direction

Highlight video for your group

Collector Duke Ellington Pin

Each Department Director Receive: The Duke Ellington Performing Arts Festival letter of accommodation, as well as wall plaque in recognition of dedication to music education.

Pricing per person starting at $349.00 plus your transportation.

Festival Only with your Tour Professional available as well.

Overnight Itineraries including hotel, all meals, Jazz Cruise, Broadway Show Tickets, Full Festival Coordination, Performance videos, and more starting at $349.00 per person, plus air/ground transportation.

Get a quote from our Official Travel Provider, Ameritours.com or have your travel professional call us for a Festival Only Rate. 855.256.5522

Email at info@dukeellingtonfestival.org