Volunteers Needed for 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

Tuesday, January 26 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Those looking for a new way to experience the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival should consider the volunteer program. Volunteer positions include managing student performance sites, driving artists, helping register schools, promoting the festival and doing office work.

Volunteers receive perks. They are provided a lunchtime treat from Domino’s Pizza and if driving, have the opportunity to drive cars donated from local dealerships such as Paradise Ford, Lewiston RV, Wendell Motors, Chipman & Taylor, and Kendall Dodge. For every full day of service at the festival, each volunteer will receive a free concert ticket to an evening concert of their choice.

With a new jazz theme, "Jazz is…," and remarkable international artists attracting large audiences, the need for assistance is in great demand. Planners hope to recruit more than 500 volunteers. In the past, the program has enjoyed participation from the local businesses, community and surrounding areas, in addition to a large number of students from the university community.

“We have many returning volunteers who come back year-after-year and we appreciate them for their energy and generosity, and I am looking forward to working with them for this years’ festival,” said Jessica Sampson, Volunteer Programs coordinator. “However, we need additional volunteers for the festival to run seamlessly.”

“There is an opportunity for everyone. They will have the opportunity to meet artists, manage sites, greet guests, enjoy the company of hundreds of other volunteers and experience playing a role in the world’s largest educational jazz festival,” Sampson said.

Many local businesses provide volunteers for the festival, including the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Starbucks.

To volunteer for this year’s Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, visit www.jazz.uidaho.edu and click ‘Get Involved’ and ‘Volunteer.’

For 43 years at the University of Idaho, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival has brought jazz masters together with elementary, junior high, high school and college students to share and celebrate this truly American art form. It has featured hundreds of musicians from around the world, including China, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Peru, as well as students from Canada, Japan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. The 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 24-27, 2010. For more information, visit www.jazz.uidaho.edu, e-mail jazzvolunteer@uidaho.edu or call (208) 885-5900.
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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.