The La Crosse Jazz Orchestra
The La Crosse Jazz Orchestra (LJO), directed by Greg Balfany, is Western Wisconsin's only jazz repertory orchestra. The group is best known through their Jazz in the Park Concert Series. Beginning in 1972 for the local festival of the art summer series, today's performances include the park performances, street dances, and festivals throughout the Coulee Region and elsewhere. The band has backed up such luminaries as Janet Planet, Melissa Manchester, Randy Brecker, Frank Wess, Red Skelton, Red Holloway, Ed Shaughnessy, Bob Mintzer, Curtis Fuller, Kurt Elling, Reed Grimm, Sunny Wilkenson, and Steve Torme. Director, Greg Balfany has led the band and concert series since 1980.
The band also performs for private and community events. Click on the contact tab to inquire about obtaining the band for your event. The LJO has recorded 3 albums which are available on our contact page.