The Iowa Jazz Championships are considered to be a unique event nationally due to the format and caliber of performances. The annual state championship event invites the top 15 jazz ensembles for each class 1A-4A (60 bands total), bringing together many of Iowa’s finest young jazz musicians to compete in one of the largest one day festivals in the nation. Jazz Bands qualify for the Iowa Jazz Championships through district and independent qualifying festivals. Each jazz ensemble performs a twenty-minute set before a panel of three judges during the morning and afternoon competition. The top two performing jazz bands from each class will then compete that evening in the Des Moines Civic Center for the Iowa Jazz Championship state titles.
The Winfield-Mt. Union Jazz Band will perform at 1:15 in the Community Choice Credit Union@Veteran’s Memorial. The afternoon award ceremony will take place in the Des Moines Civic Center Main Hall at 5:15 p.m. and the Championship Concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the daytime competition is $10. Evening Finals Competition is $10.