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Invited & Eligible Bands

Updated March 2, 2024

The following bands finished first or second at their district jazz festivals and have been invited to the 2024 Iowa Jazz Championships:


Class 1A

  • Earlham

  • South O'Brien

  • Kingsley-Pierson

  • North Butler

  • Riverside

  • IKM-Manning

  • Janesville

  • Winfield-Mt. Union


Class 2A

  • Roland-Story

  • Woodward-Granger

  • West Lyon


  • Belmond-Klemme

  • Garner-Hayfield-Ventura

  • Logan-Magnolia

  • Treynor

  • Monticello

  • Lisbon

  • Mid-Prairie

  • Mediapolis


Class 3A

  • Pella

  • Ballard

  • Okoboji

  • MOC-Floyd Valley

  • Algona

  • Iowa Falls-Alden

  • Harlan

  • Glenwood

  • Clear Creek Amana

  • Oskaloosa

  • Anamosa

  • Waverly-Shell Rock


Class 4A

  • Northwest

  • Valley

  • Storm Lake

  • Sioux City North

  • Fort Dodge

  • Lewis Central

  • Abraham Lincoln

  • Linn-Mar

  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy

  • Davenport Central

  • Bettendorf

Wild Card Eligible Bands

 The following bands are eligible for a wild card invitation to the 2024 Iowa Jazz Championships:


Class 1A​

  • Moravia

  • Mt. Ayr

  • Woodbury Central

Class 2A

  • Madrid

  • Alta-Aurelia

  • South Central Calhoun

  • Ogden

  • South Hamilton

  • Tri-Center

  • Van Meter

  • Union

  • Denver

  • Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont


Class 3A

  • Carlisle

  • Denison

  • Spirit Lake

  • Marion

  • Xavier

  • Clear Lake

  • North Polk

  • Center Point-Urbana

  • Winterset

  • Fort Madison

  • Independence

  • Mount Vernon

  • Anamosa


Class 4A

  • Southeast Polk

  • Urbandale

  • Johnston

  • Ames

  • Cedar Falls

  • Centennial

  • Waukee

  • Sioux City East

  • Indianola

  • City High

  • Iowa City West

  • Prairie

Wild Card Selection Criteria

Wild card invitations are determined by the Iowa Jazz Championships Board of Directors every March. Bands become eligible for a wild card invitation by doing one of the following:

  1. Beat a band that is an automatic qualifier at an independent jazz festival in Iowa.

  2. Win an independent jazz festival in Iowa with at least two bands from Iowa in that class.

  3. Finish 3rd in a district jazz festival with at least four bands entered.

There are typically three wild card invitations issued per class (12 automatic qualifying bands plus 3 wild card bands for a total of 15 bands in each class). If a class has fewer than 12 automatic qualifying bands, additional wild card invitations may be issued.  


There is no system of points for determining wild card invitations. The Board of Directors of the Iowa Jazz Championships selects the most qualified bands based on results from all submitted jazz festivals. The Board pays especially close attention to how wild card-eligible bands placed when competing against one another and whether or not wild card-eligible bands placed behind non-automatic qualifiers or wild-card eligible bands.

The selection of wild card bands and the final schedule will be posted by Monday, March 4, 2024.

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