Jazz Festival Releases Final Numbers

Thursday, March 4 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho has released its final numbers from the 2010 festival.

Attendees for all evening concerts totaled 10,757, down from 13,849 in 2009 – a 23 percent total decrease.

"The turnout for this year's festival is higher than we had projected," said Cami McClure, interim executive director. "Though the economic downturn was underway last year, schools already had planned their budgets for the 2008-09 school year, so there was minimal impact on the festival last year. We knew that would not be the case this year."

"Our student numbers for adjudicated performances were down about 25 percent this year due to reductions in university and school district travel budgets," she noted. "Since students are our largest group of ticket buyers, our ticket sales also decreased."

McClure also noted that the 2010 Winter Olympics directly competed with the festival, and a number of Canadian schools that regularly attend stayed home.

The up side? "The reduced student numbers allowed us to be more responsive to specific needs of groups and individuals during adjudicated performances," said McClure. "Our adjudicators had more time to coach on areas that needed finessing, and provide input and direction that will allow students and teachers to grow in their musical abilities. The educational experience is what this festival is all about – and why it's the largest educational jazz festival in the world."

Evening concert attendance was as follows:
  • Wednesday: 709 people, down from 2016 in 2009.
  • Thursday: 2,179 people, down from 2,343 in 2009.
  • Friday: 4,432 people, down from 5,029 in 2009.
  • Saturday: 3,437, down from 4,461 in 2009.

The 44th annual Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival will be held Feb. 23-26, 2011. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.