Festival Background and History
The Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society was conceived in late 1989 by Dixieland musicians Dave McCrary, Terry Strong, and Phil Wayt, along with local Dixieland devotees Janet Haag and Dick Yates. Their purpose was to organize ardent Dixieland fans in the Thurston County area to promote live Dixieland jazz, and to stage an annual Dixieland jazz festival in the area. Jazz camp scholarships are to be awarded to youth who qualified and loved the joy of music. 1993 is the first year a scholarship was awarded. To the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp.
On June 27, 1990 the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society was officially founded and incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Washington. By-laws were adopted and the first officers were elected. The original logo was designed by Frank Oljefski, with later updating by Jerry Herndon.