Eight area jazz bands will be among 75 high school ensembles in five classes vying to bring home the coveted state championship trophy on Tuesday, as they will be competing in the 2003 Iowa Jazz Championships at the Convention Center and Civic Center in Des Moines.
Bands from Pomeroy-Palmer, Aurelia, Sioux Central, Battle Creek-Ida Grove, Cherokee, Okoboji, Storm Lake and Spirit Lake will participate in the competition, which begins at 8 a.m. and runs throughout the day and evening. After all 15 bands in each class compete in the day competition, the top two bands will then square off against each other at the Des Moines Civic Center on Tuesday evening.
Pomeroy-Palmer and Aurelia will both be competing in Class A, and will be at the Convention Center. Pomeroy-Palmer will play at 12:45 p.m. and Aurelia will play at 1:45 p.m.
Sioux Central will be playing at 1:45 p.m. in the Class 1A competition at the Convention Center, while Cherokee, Battle Creek-Ida Grove, and Okoboji will compete in Class 2A in the Convention Center. BC-IG will play at 11:30 a.m., Cherokee will play at 1:45 p.m., and Okoboji will play at 3:45 p.m.
Storm Lake and Spirit Lake will both be in Class 3-A in the Convention Center. The Tornadoes will play at 11 a.m. and Spirit Lake will compete at 11:30 a.m.
Several of the bands who will be playing in this year's event have had a long history of success at the event. Aurelia finished second in Class A in 2000 and third in Class A in 2001, Okoboji won the Class 2A title in 2000, finished third in 2001 and fifth in 2002, BC-IG placed sixth in Class 2A in 2002, and Spirit Lake finished sixth in Class 3A in 2002.
Admission for the day portion is $5 for adults and $4 for students. Evening admission at the Civic Center is $7 for adults and $5 for students.
To reach the Convention Center, take I-35 south to I-235 West. Drive seven miles until reaching the downtown area. After crossing the Des Moines River, take the 5th Avenue exit south. Drive six blocks, and the Convention Center will be on the right-hand side.