University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




2024 Eau Claire Jazz Festival

15 hours

Community partner: Eau Claire Jazz, Inc.
Supervisor: Quentin Volk
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer We are projected to see between 10,000 - 20,000 people visit the 2024 Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Some elements within the Festival being more focused on our downtown area and thus, more community-driven. While other elements are much more educationally based and thus, more University focused. For this element, we utilize a great majority of the University to host what is commonly anywhere from 100 - 140 school ensembles. Within this element, there are processes that require a tremendous amount of representation, leadership, organization and action. We like to host students with the opportunity to lead some of these elements and afterwards, gain a real sense of empowerment and confidence as they can look back at their project and see the direct impact their provided. Roles ranging from : 1) Equipment load in / load out 2) Band Host 3) Band Runner 4) Team Lead 5) Floater 6) Masterclass Liaison etc


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer The mission of Eau Claire Jazz Inc. is to inspire, educate and entertain. We create a vibrant, growing community that celebrates high-quality jazz music through engaging performances and investments in jazz education to build the future of this unique, original American art form.


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Interpersonal skills are required as volunteers interact with the many band directors, students, and guests on campus. Reliability is also essential as the Eau Claire Jazz Festival depends on volunteers to run successfully. The Eau Claire Jazz, Inc team hosts several training sessions in preparation to the 2024 Eau Claire Jazz Festival. We provide a meal prior to the training/orientation session(s) start. Within the sessions, we provide a formal introduction and walk the room through what the event looks like, along with the list of potential roles and what each role will assist with.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer We host roles that all require a professional representation of not only Eau Claire Jazz, Inc., but also UW-Eau Claire as a whole. Giving students the opportunity to go through an experience that shows them direct application to their efforts and character are some of our primary goals. It takes a significant amount of planning and work to host this Jazz Festival, and utilizing a large student body is a great resource we have been able to utilize in the past. Further, roles within this project commonly benefit students regardless of their current studies and goals. Yes, our Jazz Festival is music-focused, but the roles these students execute go beyond the context of the Festival. It is about the image, professionalism, organization, proactive attitude and ability to stay solution-oriented while directly working a myriad of educators, students, adults etc.


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer Students must be available April 19th-20th, with additional load in/out hours on the 18th and 21st. Given the timeline and capacity of the 2024 Eau Claire Jazz Festival, each student involved will have no issue reaching either a 15 or 30-hour capacity.


Additional information (not required).

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