Past Event

Flathead Ellington Project

All the way from the mountains of northwest Montana, Groovetrail’s Flathead Ellington Project is and all-star ensemble of high school students who have been chosen to study the music of the great Duke Ellington.

Led by saxophonist Erica von Kleist and three Montana band directors, this performance will also feature tap dance phenom Dewitt Fleming Jr, who has been a mentor for this group. For many of these students, it’s their first trip to the Big Apple, and their first year of serious dedication of the study of jazz.

This trip is a feat of epic proportions, and is the culmination of months of hard work, practice, heart and soul by the students and teachers alike. Visit for more information about how our music programs and jazz education initiatives are impacting the Flathead Valley of Montana.