Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Seeks Volunteers

Thursday, January 12 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is seeking volunteers to help manage student performance sites, transport artists and general setup of the festivities during the 45th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Feb. 22-25.

The festival attracts world class artists and more than 10,000 students and guests from over 150 schools. It takes more than 500 volunteers from local businesses, community and surrounding areas, in addition to the Greek and residence hall communities to make the festival a success. Volunteers earn a free ticket to an evening concert with each four hours of volunteer work.

“Volunteering at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities in Moscow,” said Jesse Delavan, volunteer coordinator for the festival. “The opportunity to see artists close-up, manage sites, greet guests, enjoy the company of hundreds of other volunteers, listen to world-class jazz and play a role in the world’s largest educational jazz festival is priceless and very gratifying.”

Volunteers with a good driving record are needed to drive directors and artists to various locations for performance workshops and clinics. A two-hour online driving course is required for drivers of university or rental vehicles. A current commercial license – CDL – will substitute for the driving course.

A course is available to University of Idaho students looking for management experience. The 1-3 credit course MUSX200 titled “Jazz-Fest Site Management,” will provide students with first-hand experience in managing festival volunteers, delegating responsibilities, crowd management, stage set-up and various other managerial skills. In addition to receiving credits, students will receive a concert ticket for their hours worked outside of class during festival. Deadline for enrollment is Jan. 19.

To volunteer for the upcoming 2012 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest, and click ‘Volunteer.’
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