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Best Jazz Band

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

We, the people of the Valley, sure do love our jazz! Not sure about that? Take a walk down Barstow Street during next year’s 52nd Street portion of the Eau Claire Jazz Festival and you’ll see. The pride of our jazz scene has to be the Bob Baca-led UWEC Jazz I. While they have been nominated for two Grammys and have won multiple awards, all of those honors pale in comparison to the title of Best Jazz Band in the Valley. Taking second is the young, talented squad from Memorial Jazz I, which has garnered its own share of accolades. Third is the incredible Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra. —Ed Hudgins


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