Best Jazz Band

Much of the Chippewa Valley’s musical esteem over the past decades was built on the foundation of our high school and college jazz bands, so it’s no wonder that UWEC’s Jazz I takes the solo here for the 10th consecutive year. But coming in to provide harmony are two groups that feature some of the most recognizable faces in local music: Weapons of Brass Destruction, a New Orleans style street band, and Cathy Reitz and 7 Swing, featuring teacher and skilled vocalist Cathy Reitz. Jazz normally isn’t associated with the snow-covered north, but these groups are doing a great job proving that maybe it should be. – Eric Rasmussen