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March 5, 2013 > American High rocks

American High rocks

Submitted By Ruth Duncan

American High School in Fremont is hosting its annual Pops Concert and Italian Dinner on March 21. The public is invited to an evening of a delicious pasta dinner, followed by performances by the American High School Choir, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Winter Percussion, and Winter Guard.

Along with dinner and music, a silent auction of many enticing items will be presented. The Band Parent Organization has been busy acquiring donations from a wide variety of sources including theme parks (e.g. Disneyland), local businesses, restaurants and individuals. Value of these items range from a few dollars to several hundred. Anyone with an interest in bidding on a wide selection of tickets, gift certificates, baskets, and other "finds" is invited. All auction winners will take home their items at the end of the evening, and all proceeds will directly benefit the American High School Music Department.

The pasta dinner is prepared on premises by parent volunteers with thanks to the Culinary Arts Department of the high school for the use of the department's kitchen facilities and catering trays. Hot spaghetti with the choice of red or white vegetarian sauce and the option of meatballs will be the main course. Green salad, fruit salad, and garlic bread will accompany dinner. A variety of hot and cold beverages will be served as well as dessert.

The main event of the evening will be music performed by award-winning musicians of American High School; a variety of popular music including selections from "Hercules," "Les Miserables," and "Shrek." Most of the concert and symphonic band members are also members of the American High School Marching Band, which received many awards this past fall for their performances at Newark Days, Feste Del Mar (San Jose), Santa Cruz Band Review, Vintage Band Review (Napa), Fairfield Band Review (where the Symphonic Band also received first place), and Oakland's Children's Holiday Parade where they received first place. The Winter Percussion, Guard, and Drum Majors have started out their season with several first and second placings. This fundraising event will help pay for the 70-plus member marching band's new uniforms.

Although the Fremont School District supplies a classroom and the salary of American High School's excellent music and band instructor, Mr. Richard Wong, all instruments, repairs, uniforms, supplies, travel expenses, and ancillary instruction are funded by donations.

Dinner starts at 6:15 p.m. in the Rotunda of American High School. Parking and event entrance are on the side street, Alder Avenue. The concert will start at 7:30 and no food will be served during the concert. Admission is $10, general; students and seniors, $7; children 6 and under are free. AHS students with ASB sticker get in for $6. Please note: there is no separate admission for the concert only.

For more information, call 510-796-1776 ext. 57708, or visit: www.americanbandrocksit.com

American High School's Pops Italian Dinner Concert
Thursday, Mar 21
6:15 p.m.
Concert, dinner and silent auction
American High School
36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 796-1776 ext. 57708
www.americanbandrocksit.com

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