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April 27, 2010 > The Best is Yet to Come

The Best is Yet to Come

By Praveena Raman
Photos By Anne Riley

Mission San Jose High School's (MSJHS) Jazz Band, the Performing Arts Department and the Parents of the Universal Performers (PUPS) invite the community for their sixteenth annual jazz dinner dance fundraiser, "The Best is Yet to Come," on Friday, May 7.

When it first started, this fundraiser was a modest affair held on the school premises. In a few years its popularity grew by leaps and bounds and the event had to move out of MSJHS to accommodate everyone who wanted to spend their evening listening to some wonderful music and dancing the night away. The Fremont Marriott graciously offered to host this event donating food and space and it has been there ever since. The funds raised through this event support the performing arts programs at MSJHS.

This year, the Jazz Band, under the direction of Monica Kraft, will be thrilling its audience with classics from the 1950s like Frank Sinatra's "The Best is Yet to Come" and Glenn Miller's "In the Mood." The band will be accompanied by guest vocalists who will be crooning these songs. MSJHS alumna Aura Aguilar is coordinating this year's event. She had become involved in organizing the Jazz Dinner and Dance as a Junior at MSJHS to learn and experience planning a large charity event. After being involved for three years she felt that she could coordinate the entire event with the help of volunteers. Aura mentions that the funds raised on May 7 will primarily be used towards the PUPS Band Uniform fund; they are a tenth of the way towards their goal to purchase new uniforms.

New uniforms would certainly be welcomed by the more than 200 students who are in the MSJHS band program. These uniforms are worn at all the events where the band participates - in the U.S. and around the world. Recently the band, together with chorale and orchestra, visited Italy and participated in the Frsacati and Rome festivals. In a couple of years they will again be participating in another European festival.

The evening will also feature no-host cocktails, a three-course dinner which includes a vegetarian option, silent auctions and raffles for a variety of valuable gift baskets. The audience will also be able to dance until 11:00 p.m.

This annual dinner dance event has attracted an audience of all ages with something of interest for everyone. Tickets for the event are $55 per person. The attire is semi-formal. For tickets and information please call (510) 888-4595.

The Best is Yet to Come
Friday, May 7
6:30 p.m.
Marriott Hotel
Grand Ballroom
46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont
(510) 888-4595
$55 per person

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