Saturday: Jazzin' for China

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Tickets are now on sale for a Saturday, Feb. 2 fundraising event to help support the Medfield High School Jazz Band’s China music tour and cultural exchange trip this April.

The award-winning band is raising money to provide financial aid to band members who need it, cover expenses related to the music tour portion of the trip (such as instrument rentals), and reduce other trip costs if funds are available.

In addition to Lord's, tickets for the Feb. 2 event are also available online now through Network for Good at http://bit.ly/10tegDh. Cost is $50 per person, or a discounted $45 per person if a table for eight is purchased (limited availability). Online convenience charges will apply.

Anyone who cannot attend the event, but would still like to make a donation to the trip, can use the Network for Good URL to make an online contribution.

Included in the ticket price are two free beer/wine tickets, appetizers, plus dessert and coffee. The night also provides the chance to see performances by members of the MHS Jazz Band 1 and Music Director Doug Olsen on trumpet, as well as an auction.

Featured auction items so far include Taylor Swift tickets, four prime Celtics seats near the floor, footballs autographed by various Patriots stars, dinner and golf at Charles River Country Club, a performance by members of the MHS Jazz Band 1 for a personal event, plus many others. (To donate items to the auction, just send an e-mail to mail@medfieldmusicassociation.com.)

The jazz band China trip features several days in Bengbu, which has hosted a student and staff exchange with Medfield Public Schools for the past four years. The band will share American Jazz with Bengbu music students, and in return, learn about Chinese music. The band will also travel to Shanghai and Beijing for other performances and cultural experiences.

According to Olsen, China will be the first overseas destination for the jazz band, and the trip will be similar to others taken by high school jazz bands from across the country that have earned recognition from prestigious competitions like Mingus, and Essentially Ellington at Lincoln Center. The Medfield jazz band earned spots in both competitions last spring, taking home awards from both.


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