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Best Jazz Band

1st Place: UWEC Jazz I
2nd Place: Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra
3rd Place: Eau Claire North Jazz I (tie)
3rd Place: Eau Claire Memorial Jazz I (tie)


Eau Claire is well known for being a jazz town, in large part because of UW-Eau Claire’s prestigious jazz program. UWEC Jazz I has now taken home the top spot five straight years in our poll, and we can only imagine how nice those honors look next to their multiple Downbeat Awards for Best College Big Band in the entire country. Perhaps unsurprisingly, our area’s jazz band with the most UWEC alumni, the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra, comes in at second for the second straight year. But the most heartwarming result of this entire poll is the perfect tie for third between friendly rivals North and Memorial, because when the students are learning, everyone wins! –Paul Brandt

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