Top Hand volunteers sought for jazz fest

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With a couple of hundred thousand people crowding into Quakertown Park for the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, the Denton Festival Foundation is in the market for more volunteers to help keep the crowds fed, watered and dazzled by the music and fine arts that glut the three-day event on the last weekend of April.

It’s easy to be a Top Hand — a member of that volunteer corps that keeps things grooving during the city’s biggest festival. Anyone can be a Top Hand. All it takes are dues — $15 per person, $30 per couple or $35 for corporate members — and at least one volunteer shift during the festival.

Top Hands work a shift or more, which means spending three to four hours at one of the festival’s food, beverage or information booths. Tops Hands also man the Children’s Art Tent.

It’s a low-maintenance volunteer gig. You don’t have to serve on the board or a committee, and there are perks.

Volunteers get reserved parking at the festival site, a name badge, discounts on festival souvenir T-shirts and food and drink coupons to use at the booths run by the festival foundation.

The foundation gives its volunteers a special thanks in local media, two newsletters and access to the Top Hand headquarters throughout the weekend.

Membership applications are available online at, on the site’s membership page.

The festival is free. This year’s headlining concerts feature David Sanborn at 9 p.m. on April 26, the “Original” Blues Brothers Band at 9 p.m. April 27 and Brave Combo at 7 p.m. April 28.

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