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Moon River: dinner and dancing

Feb 12, 2024 09:27AM ● By Ethan Hoffmann

The Jazz band performs in the back left corner of the commons area at MHS. Background enhanced by AI. Photo by John Heywood

On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Morgan High School Jazz Band hosted a fun night of good food and live music. Ticket pricing varied depending on whether patrons registered as a family or a couple and a cheaper dance-only ticket was also provided. Doors opened at 6 p.m. and a delicious dinner of pulled pork sandwiches (sponsored by Bingham’s Custom Meats), baked beans, macaroni, and cheese, and coleslaw was served at 6:30 p.m. Multiple parents worked hard to prepare the meal throughout the day and it was served by the band students that evening. After dinner was distributed to the patrons, performers had the opportunity to visit with their family and friends while they ate.

At 7:30 p.m., band director Chad McLean gave his remarks to the audience and invited the crowd to join the band in the commons area to begin the dance portion of the fundraiser. John Heywood and his wife Sunni provided group pictures in front of a jazzy balloon backdrop free of cost. In addition, a refreshment table of cookies and lemonade was available to patrons. The jazz band played a variety of songs including, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’m Still Standing, Footloose, and the Moana favorite You’re Welcome. The band wrapped up the evening by playing Moon River, the event's namesake. 

All profits after food costs were given back to the band students. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go toward the band's trip to Los Angeles, California at the end of the school year. The trip will begin on April 16 and they will be returning on April 21. The students will be visiting various amusement parks including Disneyland, California Adventure, and Six Flags. In addition, they will be performing at multiple venues. 

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