JBHS Jazz Ensemble Hosts 4th Annual Swing Night on 2/25


JBHS Jazz Ensemble Takes over the Friendship Auditorium
for Evening of Great Music, Dinner & Dancing

What do you get when you mix good food, great music and fun dancing with an opportunity to support Burbank youth and the arts?

Why, the John Burroughs High School Instrumental Music Association’s 4th Annual Swing Night Dinner Dance, of course! And this year the event is bigger and better than ever!

“We are very pleased that our annual Swing Night has become an event so many members of the Burbank community support, and we look forward to being able to accommodate a much larger crowd at our new venue this year,” said Tana Barnett, Director of Bands, John Burroughs High School. “This type of concert provides our student musicians with an opportunity to perform in front of a crowd that is dancing and interacting with the music. If you love to swing dance, want to learn, or just enjoy the smooth sounds of a big band, then this event is not to be missed!”

This year’s event is set to take place on Saturday, February 25, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., at the Friendship Auditorium (3201 Riverside Drive in Los Feliz.) Tickets are available for purchase through any member of JBHS IMA or online at www.jbhsima.org.

The night kicks-off with a delicious Italian dinner, courtesy of Catering by Luther, the culinary arts department at Burbank Unified School District’s Luther Middle School. After dinner, attendees will be treated to a Swing Dance lesson taught by Burroughs alumna and professional dance instructor Linda Shoemake, then the dance floor opens up for several hours of dancing fun! Additionally, opportunity baskets featuring a variety of prizes will be raffled during the event.

All of the music at Swing Night is played by the JBHS IMA’s Jazz Ensemble, which this year is comprised of five trumpets, four trombones, seven saxophones and four performers in the rhythm section. The Ensemble studies and performs a variety of music that embodies the classic big band style.

The JBHS IMA is a frequent participant in festivals and competitions. On February 11th, the program will host a Solo and Ensemble Festival at John Burroughs High School; on March 30, the IMA will host a Concert Band Festival; and in late April, the Jazz Ensemble will travel to Nevada to participate in the Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada, Reno. To fundraise for the Nevada trip, the students will give a benefit concert April 5. Additional information regarding these upcoming events can be found at www.jbhsima.org.

The John Burroughs High School Instrumental Music Program aims to provide outstanding music education through the exploration of instrumental music performance in all of its genres. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to study music at the college level, become an avocational musician, and enjoy a lifetime of appreciation of all forms of music. The music program is made up of over 125 current JBHS students performing in four main groups: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. Additional groups include Chamber Ensembles, Honor Groups, Drum Line, Marching Band and Auxiliary. All groups are supported in combination by the Burbank Unified School District and the non-profit Instrumental Music Association.

For more information about Swing Night or the JBHS IMA, e-mail [email protected]