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NUHS premiering Starlight Ball in Nevada City

Eileen JoyceNevada Union High School jazz band students practice Friday at the school.
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About 50 high school students will perform at the first Starlight Ball, a big band-style dance and concert Friday at the Elks Lodge in Nevada City.

Under the direction of Ken Carter and Craig Murray, the Nevada Union jazz bands and the new vocal jazz ensemble will be featured from 6:30 to 11 p.m.



Ball proceeds will be used by Nevada Union’s Instrumental Music Program to pay competition entry fees, purchase new music and instruments, and repair existing equipment.




Several percussion instruments have been bought this year through donations from band parents and sponsors, said Babette Donaldson, a parent supporter of the program.

“One of our goals is to be able to raise enough money to buy a new (baritone) saxophone,” Donaldson said. “The one that is owned by the school has to be shared among the students in all of the different band programs. This is true for some other instruments as well.”

By increasing the school’s instrument inventory, Donaldson added, more students can participate in the program.

The Elks Lodge is at 510 Highway 49.

Admission is $20, which includes dinner, entertainment and dancing. Tickets are at Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, Citizens Bank of Nevada County on Sutton Way, Nevada City Postal Company and the band room at Nevada Union High School.

A silent auction will be held all night. For reservations or more information, call Donaldson at 478-1109.

– Carol Feineman


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