NEW YORK (AP) - Two first-time contestants have taken the top prizes at Jazz at Lincoln Center's 18th annual Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition.

NEW YORK (AP) Two first-time contestants have taken the top prizes at Jazz at Lincoln Center's 18th annual Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition.

At a Sunday-night concert at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, the first-place trophy and $5,000 award were presented by JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis to the Tucson Jazz Institute's Ellington Big Band directed by Doug Tidaback.

Jazz House Kids, a band founded by a nonprofit, jazz education organization in Montclair, N.J., finished second. Third place went to the Dillard Center for the Arts of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which won last year's competition.

The three-day competition featured 15 finalist bands chosen from among 96 entries performing compositions made famous by Duke Ellington's orchestra.

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