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Best Jazz Band

1st Place: UWEC Jazz I
2nd Place: Chippewa Valley Jazz Orch.
3rd Place: Memorial Jazz I

UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz I finds itself at the top of the Best Jazz Band vote for the sixth time (and fourth time in a row). The Robert Baca-led big band has a decorated past that includes two Grammy nominations and six Down Beat Magazine awards for the nation’s Best College Big Band. The Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) slid into second place for 2013, marking its first appearance in the top three. The CVJO, which includes a combination of UWEC students and community members, performed with the likes of Mike Walk and Michael B. Nelson in 2013. Falling from a 2012 second-place finish, Memorial High School’s Jazz I takes third in the poll. This swingin’ high school band has been a finalist at the Essentially Ellington jazz competition in New York five times, and has a Justin Vernon collaboration CD on the shelves. –Tyler Jennings Henderson