A national competition in new york is welcoming three high school bands from southern wisconsin this spring.
It's a big honor -- especially considering only 15 schools across the country are going.
Our madalyn o'neill has more from sun praie's annual essentially ellington jazz fest happening today.
Steve sveum sun prairie band director 8:10 "it's a great, life-changing experience."
These sun prairie high schoolers are preparing for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Steve 7:47ish "they refer to is as the superbowl of jazz coetitions.
It really is."
They don't call him 'coach' ..
But band director steve sveum leads the way.
Steve 12:48 "there's a lot of growth, and you never know where that's going to take you, and that's the fun part about this."
At sun prairie's regional jazz fest saturday ..
Bas from across the area are hearing pointers from professional new york clinicians.
Nat sun prairie's jazz band is taking note ... as they get ready for the essentially ellington national competition and festival at the lincoln center this spring.
Mmj 6932 46:20 "you should feel proud of yourselves.
There's lots and lots of bands across the country that applied to do this."
They are one of fifteen nationally ..
Including beloit memorial and middleton.
Steve 8:28 "that is pretty crazy ... three from i think the 608 area code.
I don't think that's happened before."
Mmj 6932 56:43 "now you have to think of it like the superbowl.
You're in a new season now, you want to try to win it all."
Megan rault senior, sun prairie 55:46 "i don't really know football, i'm practicing a lot of the time though ...."
Meet megan rault ..
A senior saxophonist one clinician referred to as the 'tom brady' of the team.
Megan 55:29 "that was me ... i'm prty sure tom brady is the quarterback of the patriots?"
Megan 56:04 "but i feel like jazz band is more of a collaboration between everybody."
Each plays their own part ... to create something bigger.
Megan 58:42 "it's such an incredible feeling to feel everybody else is on the same page, beat, groove.
They can feel it, you can feel it, it's a good feeling."
Steve renko (ranko) asst.
Student family programs, jazz at lincoln center 5:07 "these kids are working hard and they're swinging ... you hear how quickly they listen and sort of engage with the material they're given and how quickly they can change and become better like that.
Snaps" 5:33 they've made it this far ... now, they're building up to may's competition.
Megan 57:30 "that means you're the best jazz band in the country, that would be crazy to think about."
But in megan's eyes ..
The band has already won.
Megan 59:46 "i think if we do the best we can do, i don't care the place we get."
In sp... mo.
News 3 now sun prairie , along with other area jazz bands, are holding a concert right now at the high school.
Sun prairie's band director says he's working with middleton and beloit to put on another show locally before the essentialy ellington competition in