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.

Honor Bands

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


Outstanding Musicianship Awards

All musicians in any band are eligible to win this award!

Be it an excellent performance on a feature piece, a creative improvised solo, or simply an outstanding execution of their role in the band, any performer that gains recognition from the adjudicators in their performance area can be nominated for the Outstanding Musicianship Award.

Excellence in Jazz Education Award

On the Saturday of every festival there will be four rooms designated for the clinics that occur throughout the day covering a wealth of jazz-related topics.

The number of students in each clinic will be tracked upon entry by a designated festival volunteer. The schools with the highest ratio of clinics attended per student will be eligible to win one of the numerous instruments generously donated to us by Schmitt Music and Morgan Music!