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District Jazz Festival



Waconia district Jazz Festival tonight!  After completing your taxes make sure that you drop by the Waconia High School auditorium for an evening of incredible jazz music.   Tonights concert will feature 3 jazz bands from Clearwater Middle school , WHS Jazz II, and WHS Jazz I.  Waconia High School Jazz bands I and II are coming off a great performances our region jazz contest where both ensembles earned “Superior” ratings!


Tonight will also feature guest artist Dean Sorenson from the University of Minnesota. 


Concert starts at 7:00pm


Jazz I and II to attend Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

Both of Waconia High Schools Jazz Bands will be performing in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival held on the Campus of the the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire campus.


Below is our schedule if you would like to attend the festival and see some of the best high school bands in the Midwest!


Waconia bands will be staying at the Plaza Hotel and Suites Saturday night.

1202 W Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701

(715) 834-3181

Saturday April 5th

7:30am- Arrive at WHS load trailer

7:45am – Depart for Eau Claire WI

10:00am – Arrive at UW Eau Claire Jazz Festival – Check out clinics – Grab lunch

11:00am – Jazz II Warm up in “Gold Room”

11:30am – Jazz II Performance in “Zorn Arena”

12:00pm – Jazz II Sight Reading in “Brewer 253”

Remember to grab a lunch when you can.

12:30pm- Jazz I Warm up in “Student room 220P”

1:00pm – Jazz I Performance in “Dakota Ballroom”

1:30pm Jazz I Sight Reading in “Council Oak 260”

2:00pm Enjoy festival – Go See Bands – Clinics -

5:00pm – Awards from the afternoon / UWEC Jazz II Concert

6:00pm Dinner in Eau Claire

7:00 Evening Concert Featuring Byron Stripling and Wyclffe Gordon

10:00 – Return to Hotel – Enjoy Pool Time / Relax

11:30 Lights out.

Sunday April 6th

7:30AM Breakfast at Hotel

8:15AM Depart for Home

10:30AM Arrive back to Waconia High School

Copper Street Brass Quintet in residence Monday March 31st


The Copper Street Brass quintet will is in residence Monday March 31st.  Waconia High School.  This professional brass quintet will be providing clinics to Waconia High School bands.


Copper Street Brass performance has been made possible through a Target Arts Grant.

2014 Lake Waconia Band Festival Full!


The 2014 Lake Waconia Band Festival has been capped at a very full 16 bands!  We can’t wait to welcome each and every band to Waconia on Saturday June 21st for what will surly be a memorable festival.

The Lake Waconia Band Festival is an annual event that is held each year on the third Saturday in June. This year the Lake Waconia Band Festival celebrates it’s 16th year of filling our beautiful city with the sights and sounds of a marching band competition. Is there any better way to spend a Minnesota Saturday evening in June?

This “Bands-Only” parade competition is one of the highlights of the summer marching season in central Minnesota and presents many of the best bands from across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The parade begins at 6:00 PM and travels along Main Street in downtown Waconia with breath-taking views of beautiful Lake Waconia. An awards ceremony is held at Bayview Elementary School immediately following the parade.

This years line up will include these participating bands.

728 Cadets


Champlin Park

Cotter High School


Henry Sibley



Mankato Area 77 Lancers

New Prague 

Waconia High School 

See you there!

Waconia Lions Help Band!


Thank you to the Waconia Lions for help raising over $2500.00 to support our very own Waconia High School band program.  Through the Lion’s annual calendar sale many of our students will see direct benefit through their “Charms” accounts.  We look forward to having an even better calendar sale starting next fall!


Pictured is John Pohalnd – Waconia band director and the Waconia Lions making an incredible donation to our program!