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April 12, 2011 > April in Paris

April in Paris

By Karthik Raman and Praveena Raman

Enjoy an evening with Mission San Jose High School's (MSJHS) acclaimed Jazz Band as they perform toe-tapping jazz and sing unforgettable classics in a Parisian themed atmosphere. "April in Paris" features the MSJHS Jazz band along with student guest vocalists, a silent auction, a three-course dinner and dancing.

The Performing Arts Gala, previously called the Jazz Dance, started as a small fundraising event that was hosted at MSJHS. As the years passed, its popularity grew, and soon it outgrew its venue. For the past thirteen years, the Marriott hotel has graciously hosted the event, donating space and food.

The Gala is a great occasion where one can sit back and enjoy being entertained by talented student musicians. The students work year round, preparing a variety of songs to perform. Attendees can bid for baskets in a silent auction, each basket has a special theme with many treats and prizes inside-making them all well worth the cost. After dinner, attendees get the chance to shake it up on the dance floor, moving to the sonorous sound of familiar jazz tunes.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefits all the Performing Arts programs at MSJHS- band, chorale, choir, drama, musical theatre vocal workshop, orchestra, tech and treble ensemble. The funds raised will be used for band uniforms, new microphones and sound system, theatre seats, music sheets and more. A portion of the funds will also go towards a scholarship awarded by the Parents of the Universal Performers, a non-profit organization that was formed for the sole purpose of raising much-needed funds for the performing arts at MSJHS and a co-sponsor of the Gala. Please support this important event with a donation and/or buying tickets and attending it.

For more information, please call Praveena Raman at (510) 668-6077 or email

April in Paris
Friday, April 15
6 p.m.
Marriott Hotel
46100 Landing Parkway Fremont

Tickets: $60

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