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The 8th annual Lewis and Clark Jazz Festival

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Students from around Siouxland jammed out at the 8th Annual Lewis and Clark Jazz Festival.

The two-day event is hosted by Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.  Middle and high school jazz bands and choirs, from across the tri state-area are competing for this year's first place title.

Event staff said it's an opportunity for students to experience jazz music through spirited competitions.

"It's always nice to win, but if you don't, it's how you get better. It's how you improve, and just the experience of playing with your friends has got to be worth something. A lot of kids go on to college or semi-pro situations and this is part of their training," said Mark Cripps, Jazz Band Director at WITCC.

"It takes a lot of commitment. You have to put in your early mornings and late nights practicing. And so, being apart of these competitions it builds responsibility for the future," said Carter Bohle from Kingsley-Pierson High School Jazz Band.

Forty-three groups have a chance to win first through third place trophies Monday and Tuesday. Awards are also given to outstanding soloists.

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