DCAJAZZ | Dillard Center for the Art Jazz Orchestra

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In 2004, Christopher Dorsey began building the Jazz Program at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The band has earned First Place at Essentially Ellington in 2011 and 2012 and First Place at Swing Central in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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The DCA Jazz Ensemble is looking forward to another exciting year returning to New York, to participate in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition in May, 2014.

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DCA Jazz continues to shine as the premier high school jazz band in the nation despite being located in one of the most economically disadvantaged districts in Broward County.

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Imagine yourself in 1942 listening to the sweet sound of Duke Ellington leading his big band. Fast forward 70 years and you would be hard pressed to believe that teenagers of the electronic age could perform Take the A Train with the same drive and passion. That’s exactly what you’ll find with the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Band. Despite being ravaged by budget cuts, DCA Jazz continues to shine as the #1 high school jazz band in the nation.

Every band senior graduates from high school and due to their achievements, our students have earned scholarships to top music schools like Julliard and distinguished universities like Columbia