If you are hearing “When the Saints Go Marching In” on Saturday, July 13, you are most likely at the 32nd annual Winona Dixieland Festival. Louis Armstrong and others from New Orleans made this song and many more famous.
The Blue Ox Jazz Babies from Mankato, Minn.; hall of fame banjo player Debbie Schreyer; the nationally known Barbary Coast Dixieland Band from Minneapolis, Minn.; and Gate City Jazz Band from Winona will be performing from 12:30-7 p.m. That’s not all; Jim Radloff, one of the top-10 finalists in the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest, will play ragtime during band set-up.
With a great line-up like this you should come early and stay late. The festival has been pre-paid by donations, so feel free to come and go, before and after Shakespeare performances or other events.
The Upper Mississippi Jazz Society has arranged to bring this music from the lower Mississippi to the campus of Winona State University by the gazebo. This is a great site with green grass and shade trees.
Hamburgers and soft drinks will be available on site by Jefferson Pub & Grill catering. Free parking is available on streets or in parking lots. Please bring your own chair. In case of rain the event will be in the Science Laboratory Building.