Find your dancing shoes for Starlight Ball benefit |

Find your dancing shoes for Starlight Ball benefit

Attendees at the Starlight Ball will have plenty of chances Saturday to dance to big band tunes played by Nevada Union High School Instrumental Music Department students.

Three NU jazz bands performing music made famous by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Count Basie will be featured at the third annual Starlight Ball, the instrumental music department’s main fund-raiser, for three hours in Grass Valley.

Dance music kicks off at 7 p.m. with the beginning jazz band in one set followed by the advanced jazz band in two sets. Between the latter group’s two sets will be improvisational numbers by the jazz combo, which is a smaller audition-only group, with professional musicians Bill Douglass and Robert Claire joining them.

For dancers needing a breather, a silent auction is in close proximity to the dance floor.

An optional buffet dinner is available from 6 to 7 p.m. Student ensembles will perform chamber music during the dinner catered by Nevada Union High School Band Booster’s members.

The alcohol-free Starlight Ball is open to all ages.


WHAT: Third annual Starlight Ball

WHEN: Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St.

ADMISSION: $25 for dinner and the dance or $10 for the dance only. Tickets at the Music in the Mountains box office, Nevada City Postal Company, Odyssey Books and The Book Seller. Dinner tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.


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