La Crosse Jazz Orchestra Now Under La Crosse Community Foundation Umbrella

The La Crosse Jazz Orchestra has been welcomed as a new fund of the La Crosse Community Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to make this transition and be part of the La Crosse Community Foundation,” said Greg Balfany, LJO director. “Donations from the community have funded our free concerts for 45 years. Adding the support of the La Crosse Community Foundation brings an exciting new level of energy to our fundraising efforts.”

Founded in 1974, the nonprofit big band is best known through its Jazz in the Park concert series in Riverside Park. This season’s concerts are set for June 16, July 14 and 21. In addition, LJO performs at the Caledonia Street Block Party on La Crosse’s North Side on June 1, and at Moon Tunes in Riverside Park on June 20.

"We are honored to help keep the tradition of free summer jazz concerts going for La Crosse area residents," says Jamie Schloegel, Executive Director at La Crosse Community Foundation. "The jazz orchestra's performances definitely enhance the quality of life in La Crosse, which makes the organization's new partnership with the community foundation a perfect fit."

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About the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra

The La Crosse Jazz Orchestra is western Wisconsin's premier big band. The organization’s mission is to promote, preserve and forward the creation of jazz music through free live performances available to all in our region. LJO operates under fiscal sponsorship from La Crosse Community Foundation. Contributions should be directed to the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra Fund at La Crosse Community Foundation, 401 Main Street, Suite 205, La Crosse, WI 54601.