It’s been a beautiful winter but spring is in the air, the days are longer and Canyon Lakers are invited to celebrate with the big band sounds and swing dancing at “Salute to the Troops USO Dinner-Dance” on Friday, March 13, at the Lodge. Hosted by the Travel Club, everyone is invited to this 1940s-themed event.
Organizer Lyne Hall would like to remind everyone that the featured band is the highly acclaimed Temescal Canyon High School Jazz Band, which has been diligently practicing its Big Band sound. Supporting this event is an effective way to support the music program at the high school, Lyne says.
A number of Canyon Lake students are involved with the music program. In addition to the Jazz Band, there are breakout combos, a drum line, a 40-piece concert band and a 60-member marching band. The marching band’s majorette is four-time world champion baton twirler Rebecca Lantz, who has led the Rose Parade for the past two years.
The Jazz Band, directed by Michael Donohue, was very well received by attendees at the Swinging Sixties Fashion Show pre-party at Lyne Hall’s home last week. It was there to help promote the Travel Club dinner-dance. The band also plays each year at Cotillion’s annual holiday dinner-dance.
According to Lyne, 100 percent of the money the band makes in donations goes towards instrument repair and refurbishment, uniform repair and cleaning, musical arrangements, competition entry fees, busing, etc.
Tickets to the dinner-dance are available through the Travel Club website at canyonlaketravelclub.org. Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Reservations are due by Sunday, March 8.
“If you’ve ever wanted to live (or re-live) the nostalgia of the Big Band era, this is your chance,” says Lyne.