Annual Jazz at the Mine set for Saturday |

Annual Jazz at the Mine set for Saturday

Kelly Crough Special to The Union

In addition to rehearsing three days a week at school for about an hour, Union Hill School students then rehearse a half hour daily at home.

“The hardest part is practicing” said Claire Kinnard, a seventh-grader at the school. She and fellow band members are practicing for this Saturday’s fifth annual “Jazz at the Mine.” Kinnard has played flute in the annual performance for the past four years.

“The best part is watching the high school bands and vocal jazz” said Kinnard, whose mother is the past president of the Union Hill Music Boosters.

“Each year, it just gets bigger and better,” said David Lynn, Union Hill School band director. The festival was started in spring 2001 to raise money for uniforms, instruments and field trips for the Union Hill School Band and Choir, Lynn said.

The festival includes performances by the Union Hill Bearcat Band, Magnolia Intermediate School’s Rattler Jazz Band, Bear River High School’s Jazz Band and Jazz Unlimited, Sierra Gold Big Band, Cool Heat, and Bill Douglass and Co., which is a group Douglass put together especially for the event. The schools will play a variety of jazz: swing, rock, Latin and blues; Sierra Gold specializes in swing music; Cool Heat mostly plays rock jazz; the Bill Douglass ensemble plays blues and swing.

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The Bearcat Band will share a medley of classics by Duke Ellington: “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Mood Indigo” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.” Also, the group will perform the theme song to “Peter Gunn” by Henry Mancini, “On Broadway” by George Benson, and “Mill Street Ramble” by Lynn.

“Jazz at the Mine” includes a silent auction with items such as tickets to local theater performances, recording-studio time and figurines of children playing instruments. For more information about the silent auction, call Dorothy Goodnow, a Union Hill School parent, at 274-3828.

Hot dogs, drinks and ice cream (provided by Cold Stone Creamery) will be sold.


WHAT: Fifth annual “Jazz at the Mine” with seven jazz acts and a silent auction

WHEN: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $10 in advance, $12 on Saturday, $3 for ages 18 and under; and free for ages 5 and under. Advance tickets at Record Connection, Odyssey Books and The Book Seller.

INFORMATION: Union Hill School, 273-8456, extension 110 or 274-3828

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