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Volunteers key to setup of annual Berks Jazz Fest

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 27 2014 04:41:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 27 2014 05:43:18 PM CDT

Crews are hard at work prepping the lights, sound, stages and musical instruments for this year's Berks Jazz Fest.

WYOMISSING, Pa. -

Crews are hard at work prepping the lights, sound, stage and musical instruments for this year's Berks Jazz Fest.

One of the crews lending a helping hand is the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps.

"A lot of manpower, a lot of work, but we get it done," said Jim Gruber, the group's director.

The Buccaneers started the set up around 8:30 a.m., but setup extends past the Crowne Plaza. Crews have to help at multiple locations where the Jazz Fest is held.

"I have been involved in music all my life so being able to come in and be a part of the Jazz Fest by helping put together such a stage like this and making an event happen has been pretty incredible for me," said Bill Snook, assistant director.

Not only do the Buccaneers enjoy setting up for the Jazz Fest, but the Berks Arts Council also donates to their organization.  

"The money that we get from assisting with the Jazz Fest goes toward the operational funds of running the drum corps, paying staff members, paying for facilities for rehearsal," said Snook.

After day one of setup is complete, the volunteers can look forward to enjoying the festival.

"It is always great to get out and see the artists right here in our own backyard in Berks County," said Snook.