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Jazz students have been learning and growing at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival

for decades. This year is even more dynamic than ever before. We’ve paired

an impressive roster of adjudicators along with some of the most inspiring

jazz icons to create an exceptional experience for your schools.


We are proud to bring in nationally-known educators to adjudicate every band, regardless of division or competition status. Our adjudicators range from university directors to performers at the top of their field. 2024 festival adjudicators will be announced in March of 2024


Honor Bands

Competitive big bands and combos are eligible to be designated as an honor band. All groups receiving the honor band title will perform on the Saturday night headliner concert!

Excellence in Jazz Education Award

All schools will have a chance to win free instruments courtesy of Schmitt Music and Morgan Music! To enter to win, registered schools will need to fill out an application prior to the festival (will be emailed to all bands in early April). Winning schools will be announced at the awards ceremony at 4:30pm on Friday and Saturday!

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