La Crosse Jazz Orchestra (LJO): La Crosse, Wisconsin's jazz band/big band.

Meet the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra

Band Members

Leader and Saxophone
Greg Balfany
Jeff Erickson
Harry Hindson
Jeff Reitz
Mark Heinz
Bill "Bucky" Buchholtz
Scott Jensen
Tom Brown
Gary Boyd
Bix Swerman

George Vonarx
Mark Glasel
Dustin Moburg
Mark Lakmann
Jesus Arellano

Chris Frye - piano
Paul Leithold - guitar
Karyn Quinn - bass
Tim Henke - drums
Rich MacDonald - drums

Cathy Reitz
Tim Henke

Sound Engineer
Wayne Lehrman

Meet the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra: La Crosse's Jazz Band playing an assortment of orchestral jazz, big band, jazz band, dance band and swing music.

Greg Balfany, Director

Greg Balfany, Director La Crosse Jazz Orchestra, La Crosse, WI
Greg Balfany directs and performs with the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra, Western Wisconsin's Jazz Repertory Orchestra. The band has recorded three CD recordings and has been featured on Chuck Cecil's nationally syndicated radio program "The Swing Years." The band has also been featured on Minnesota and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Greg is Emeriti Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is active as a performer and music educator, giving workshops, clinics, and guest performances throughout the Tri-state area. Dr. Balfany's University responsibilities include clarinet and saxophone instruction and directing UW-L's nationally recognized Jazz Ensemble I.

His quartet, The La Crosse Jazz quartet, has been a mainstay of the regional jazz scene for the past two decades appearing regularly at local festivals and clubs. The La Crosse Jazz Quartet has released a Cd recording titled "Gettin' to It."

Greg performs extensively as a clarinet and saxophone soloist in both classical and jazz contexts. He has served as both principal saxophonist and clarinetist with the La Crosse Symphony, and has soloed on both clarinet and saxophone with the La Crosse Concert band. He has performed with Randy Brecker, Bob Minzer, Red Holloway, Al Grey, Bob Hope, Frank Wess, Red Skelton, Marv Stamm, Kurt Elling, Clark Terry, Ed Shaughnessy, and may others.

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