With budget cuts a main topic on many school district agendas it is the extra curricular activities that are usually on the chopping block. One of the programs to fall victim to declining revenues can be school band programs.
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The Marina Village Intermediate School Jazz Band has found a way to avoid the chopping block — volunteerism.
The Marina Village jazz band consists of 31 students that volunteer to come to school at 7 a.m. twice a week to study and play jazz. This is not an extra class for them and they get no credit or grade for their efforts.
They come because they love to perform music. Under the direction of Ben Cain they have auditioned and have been accepted to perform in this year’s “Magic Music Days” in Disneyland.
This magical musical experience includes a concert by the Marina Jazz Band played inside the California Adventure Theme Park at Disneyland for an international audience. The band will also attend a jazz theory workshop and a movie sound recording clinic in Southern California.
These students have been fundraising for the last three months to cover the costs of the trip so that all 31 students can make the trip.
The band has been seen locally playing for donations in front of the El Dorado Hills Nugget Market, Safeway and most recently at the El Dorado Hills Rotary Crab feed.
They are still looking for donations and business sponsorships to help offset the costs of the trip.
A donation to support the band’s fundraising efforts can be sent to Marina Village Music Boosters, c/o Ben Cain, MVMS Music Department, 1901 Francisco Drive, El Dorado Hills, 95762.