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The jazz band at Whiteland Community High School didn’t expect to make it when they auditioned for a national competition.

Director Peter Sampson had the band’s 17 students submit an audition for the contest, called Essentially Ellington, for the experience. Sampson thought the jazz historians and musicians who would critique the performance would have valuable feedback.

On Tuesday, Sampson got a call that the band was selected as one of the top 15 high school jazz bands in the country, and in May they will travel to New York to compete in the finals.

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