Jazz Festival Issues Call for Volunteers

Friday, January 30 2009

Jan. 30, 2009 Written by Becca Johnson 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. With a new Latin jazz theme and remarkable international artists attracting large audiences, the need for assistance is greater than ever this year. Planners hope to recruit over 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 volunteers who continue to return year after year and we appreciate them and look forward to their energy and generosity,” said Molly McCormick, Volunteer Programs coordinator. “However, we need additional volunteers to run seamlessly.” Volunteers receive perks. For every full day of service at the festival, each volunteer will receive an evening concert ticket. “They also 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,” McCormick said. As a final thank you to volunteers, Domino’s Pizza sponsors a “3 Cheers for Volunteers” celebration. “Domino’s is the sponsor of the ‘3 Cheers for Volunteers’ party, but there are many local businesses that participate in this program to recognize and thank volunteers for their service,” said Morgan Wilson, assistant director of marketing and corporate relations. Community businesses that are providing volunteers for this year’s festival include Gritman Medical, Starbucks and Sterling Savings Bank. Community businesses that are also supporting the volunteer programs include Sister’s Brew, Tri-state, Shirt-shack, Moscow School of Massage, Buy Local Moscow and Winco to name a few. To volunteer for this year’s Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, visit www.jazz.uidaho.edu and click volunteer. For more than 40 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 2009 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 25-28. For more information, visit www.jazz.uidaho.edu, e-mail jazzinfo@uidaho.edu or call (208) 885-6765.
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