50 years of Saratoga Music Boosters celebrated at annual Pancake Breakfast

Courtesy of Isabelle Gecils
Percussion students from Redwood Middle School and Saratoga High School blow bubbles at the end of the combined band concert.
The May 5 fundraiser  brought together groups from the city’s public schools.

On a sunny Sunday, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and community members gathered in the quad for the Saratoga Music Booster annual pancake breakfast fundraiser and also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the organization’s founding.

At the event, which took place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., students from Redwood Middle School (RMS) and SHS performed in the quad with their respective groups for orchestra, choir and band, with featured performances in the large gym by the Redwood Color Guard and SHS world class winter percussion and varsity winter guard 

Attendees included principal Greg Louie and city council member Tina Walia. Featured attractions included unlimited pancakes, sausages, strawberries, coffee and brunch items while attendees could participate in a silent auction and item raffle.

The event concluded with a finale performance by SHS and RMS band students of “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”  by Paul Jennings. The piece was performed in memory of former RMS band director Vicki Wyant, who passed away in 2023 at age 83.

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Parent volunteers flip pancakes to serve to performers and guests. 

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Choir teacher Beth Nitzan, former mayor Howard Miller, activities director Kristen Cunningham and PTA president of Saratoga Elementary School Mahshid Maleki smile while flipping pancakes.

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Attendees browse the silent auction catalog for items to bid on, including student-made crochet plushies and private lessons with music teachers. Funds from the auction raised around $20,000 for the program.

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Freshman Ayan Moolchandani and Simone Moolchandani lead a new student-led event catered towards preschool and kindergarten aged children, “Musical Storytime.” Students read a children’s book, accompanied by music in the background.

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Music director Jason Shiuan conducts “Opening Night” by Brian Balmages during the SHS combined orchestra performance.

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Music director Michael Boitz conducts “Magnificent Seven” by Elmer Bernstein during the SHS combined orchestra performance.

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RMS students play French horn during the RMS beginning band performance.

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Choir students sing during their performance.

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Junior Nathan Lee and senior Gabe Shyh perform “Hay Burner” by Sammy Nestico with the Honors Jazz Ensemble.

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Senior Chloe Lee plays violin with the SHS combined orchestra.

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