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March 27, 2012 > American High Band hosts fundraiser

American High Band hosts fundraiser

By Chinmai Raman

On Friday, March 30, American High School will be hosting its annual Pops Concert and Italian Dinner. The evening will feature delicious food followed by music performances of popular songs by the American High School Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Symphonic Band, and will even include a silent auction. The night is being offered as a fundraiser for the American High School music program.

The music program at American has always been especially excellent. It is an award-winning program, which, under the direction of Richard Wong, has won many accolades, ranging from first place at the Wilcox Winter Competition to first place at the Livermore Winter Competition (both Winter Percussion). And here is our chance to support them.

Dinner will be buffet-style with spaghetti and meatballs, bread, and dessert. The silent auction will feature many exclusive items. Among the items donated are a San Jose Giants Bonus Book (10 tickets and a family pass ticket), passes to City Beach, The Lawrence Hall of Science, Winchester Mystery House, and other local area attractions. Also up for grabs are gift certificates to local restaurants including the Elephant Bar and Papillon, a variety of craft items, and much more. All winners can take their prizes home at the end of the event.

American High School bands and choir will be performing a multitude of songs including some movie favorites. The Symphonic Band will be playing "Harry Potter Symphonic Suite," featuring movements like "Hedwig's Theme" and "Nimbus 2000," while the Concert Band delivers "Beauty and the Beast" as well as "Legend of the Saura." The Jazz Band will perform "Autumn Leaves," "Reflection," and "Feels So Good," and the Concert Choir "For the Beauty of the Earth," "Sun and Moon," and "No Air."

The American High School Band Parents Organization is presenting this evening as a fundraiser for the award-winning music program at American High. The AHS Eagles Marching Band is in desperate need of new uniforms as the current uniforms were acquired second-hand nine years ago and do not even reflect the school colors. In addition, although the school district supplies a classroom and the salary of the excellent music and band instructor, Mr. Wong, all instruments, supplies, and ancillary instruction are funded by donations; so support the AHS Music program by coming out and enjoying some quality music!

Pops Concert and Italian Dinner
Friday, Mar 30
Dinner: 6:15 p.m., Concert: 7:30 p.m.
American High School (Parking and event entrance on Alder Ave.)
36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 796-1776 ext. 57708
Tickets: $10, with discounts for students. Children six and under free

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