About Us


The Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra is the result of long discussions between a group of local jazz musicians, aficionados, and educators. Working both individually and collectively, Geoff Peterson, Bruce Hering, Gene Power, Rich Morgan, Jeff Walk and Dennis Luginbill created the basic structure that would become the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra. They realized the potential for the Chippewa Valley to support a jazz group that would focus on the the art of jazz, aiming to educate as well as entertain. Our hope and desire is to provide the Chippewa Valley with the opportunity to hear great jazz played by local talent.

As a community ensemble, we welcome the participation of area musicians, both professional and amateur. We are always in need of short-term and long-term substitutes for a variety of members in the band. If you are interested in being added to our sub list, please contact Geoff Peterson at cvjo@chippewajazz.org.



The CVJO performed our first concert at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls on February 20th, 2010. When we realized that we had hit on something that people wanted to hear, we developed a full five-concert season for the the 2010-2011 year, including a concert of local composers at the Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie, our concert with world-famous trumpet virtuoso Wayne Bergeron at Regis High, our History of the Big Band concert at the Oxford, and our Local Vocals show with Christine Hitt, Adrian Klenz, Cathy Reitz, Mitra Sadeghpour, and Randy Sinz. Our 2011-2012 concert series included concerts with the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, and All-Ellington concert, a holiday blow-out with the Chippewa Valley Symphony, and a show featuring music from TV and film! Our 2012-13 concert series inaugurated the CVJO High School Honors Festival with trombonist Mike Nelson from the Hornheads as well as our first holiday concert and an all-Basie show!


Our 2013-14 season was highlighted by our first composer-in-residence, Mr. Andrew Neesley from the Manhattan School of Music and and all-Stan Kenton show in May! 14-15 proved to be our best year so far, with performances from Wayne Bergeron, Luis Bonilla, and our live recreation of the Sinatra and Basie at the Sands album!