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Best Jazz Band

1st Place: UWEC Jazz I
2nd Place: Memorial Jazz I
3rd Place: The Sue Orfield Band

UWEC Jazz 1 claims the first place finish for Best Jazz Band for the fifth time (only once were they not 1st in this V1 “Best Of” category!). They were six-time winners of Down Beat’s “Best College Big Band” award and have been nominated for a Grammy twice. Moving up from its two year consecutive third place finish is Memorial Jazz I in second place. Aside from recording music with Justin Vernon, Memorial Jazz I has been selected five times as one of 15 finalists for the Essentially Ellington jazz competition in New York. Local favorite, The Sue Orfield Band comes in third with their eclectic musical spirit and presence performing throughout the local music scene. – Lindsey Quinnies

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