Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Kim Friendenberg
Julian Award winner Fawn Fritzen singing with the Big Band during the 2016 event
Got a sweet tooth and a craving for some tunes? Come out to the All City Band's seventh annual Dessert and Dance Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb 11 at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre for an evening of music, desserts and dancing. All proceeds go to funding the band's trip to Whistler, British Columbia, to take part in the 2017 Whistler Cantando Music Festival.
The All City Band is comprised of students between the ages of 12 and 17, playing alongside more experienced adult musicians. The group is comprised of sections: the All City Jazz Band, the Junior and Senior Concert Bands and the Grade 8 Band.
“The All City Band is a great musical opportunity for students in our schools as well as adult members… to learn and perform quality music,” says Keith Todd, one of the executive directors for the group.
Trumpet player Bill Barrick is one of the adult members of the All City Band. He says he enjoys being part of the group because it gives him the opportunity to share his experience with young musicians, and to participate in programs such as Artists in Schools.
“It's good for students to work with people who have band experience,” he says. “Music is beneficial to both the performers and the general public… it keeps the mind active and gives people an opportunity to get out into the community. It gives students a sense of obligation to the community. Music students are good all-around members of the community.”
“The evening begins with a performance by the All City Jazz Band, followed by complimentary swing dance lessons provided by Bruce Sahlstrom, so anyone who has never done this sort of dancing need not worry, says Keith Todd, one of the executive directors for the group.
Following the lessons there will be about two hours of music by the Big City Band, and dancing. The Big City Band is not a part of the All City Band, says Todd, but are generously donating their time.
The night also features a silent auction and homemade sweets.
“All in all, it's a nice and classy event,” Todd says.
All desserts are prepared by volunteers and parents of students in the band, he adds.
Last year the event raised $3,000 and they hope to raise the same amount this year.
Tickets are available online at www.AllCityBand.com and through Whitehorse Motors.