Mission: Jazz in the Park’s mission is to fill a glaring void in Staunton’s cultural scene (no live jazz- America’s original art form) and to more fully utilize the beautiful Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand which was vacant six nights per week. They raise money to book live professional jazz bands and present them free to the public on a weekly basis on Thursday evenings in the summer.
Community Need: In 1988 when Jazz in the Park began, the only use of the Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand was for the Monday evening Stonewall Jackson Brigade Band performances. Jazz in the Park was designed to bring different types of American Jazz to the community. Its success has spawned the Tuesday evening Praise in the Park and the Wednesday evening Bluegrass Program. Staunton has now become known as a music city where free concerts of many types are provided all summer. Jazz in the Park is proud of the variety of musical acts it has brought to the area free of charge and strives to continue offering diverse musical performances.
Constituents Served: All concerts are open to the public free of charge, rain or shine. After 30 years of never cancelling, the concert series has grown to include local and regional crowds of 200-500 people on a weekly basis.
Primary Activities: Jazz in the Park works to secure financial backing to pay for eight or nine bands annually and to provide needed sound and lighting to ensure and oversee quality concerts. Jazz in the Park also provides publicity to promote the series.
It is recognized that bigger bands draw the larger crowds, so Jazz in the Park has already booked two 18 piece groups for this coming summer. In addition,
Amount Requested: $8,000
Operating Budget: $14,000