Swing with the music at Jazz Cabaret

March 1, 2011 — by Vivien Lu

The Large Gym will be transformed to seem like a 1950’s prom later this month in an effort to raise money for the music department.

The Saratoga Music Boosters will host its annual Jazz Cabaret and Swing Dance on Saturday, March 19, from 7-10 p.m. The event usually draws 400 to 500 people.

There will be featured performances by Jazz Band 1, Advanced Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Chorale, the Redwood Middle School jazz band and the jazz band from West Valley College. In addition to all the performances, a delicious assortment of desserts and coffee will be complimentary for all guests.

Tickets will be sold for $10 for students with ID, performers and staff; it will be $20 for adults.

“Jazz Cab is a really fun event where everyone dances to old school music that the jazz bands play,” said sophomore trombonist Justin Hang. “Also, it raises money for our music program.”
The music choice for the jazz band has some “pretty catchy tunes to it,” Hang said.

Some song choices for Jazz 1 are “Big Noise” by Lunatica and “Hot Chocolate” from the movie “Polar Express.” For Jazz 2, “Rachel” by American Patrol and “Prelude to a Kiss” are currently some options.

“They’re all swing charts because it’s a dance event so people will have a chance to get on the dance floor,” said music teacher Seth Jones. “We also put in some slow songs as well.”

Students and teachers are excited for this fundraising event, and it has been successful every year.

“I hope people come and have a good time,” said Jones. “I have high expectations that everyone, including the students performing, can have a great night and enjoy themselves.”

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