The eighth annual “Swing, Swang, Swung” jazz event hosted by the Signal Mountain High School Band program will be held on Friday, March 29,at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. It was moved up a month to feature a Mardi Gras theme for music, food and decor. Mock Hurricanes will also be served in souvenir glasses.
The event starts at 7 p.m. with a catered buffet and music provided by the SMHS Jazz Band.
Song titles will include “Kalamazoo,” “Ain't that a Kick,” “It had Better Be Tonight,” “Fly Me To the Moon,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “What a Wonderful World.”
"Then, enjoy music from the professional Uptown Big Band and either hop onto the dance floor or watch others swirl and dip," officials said. "Who knows? A ‘second line’ may be formed through tables as the band plays “As the Saints Go Marching In.”
This event is a fundraiser for the school’s band program. Proceeds are used to purchase or refurbish instruments, buy new music and pay guest instructors.
"School band programs provide students with a wonderful opportunity for students to develop life-long music skills, to work toward excellence with their peers and contribute to the life and enjoyment of their community," officials said. "The SMHS Band budget reaches in excess of $70,000 and is not supported by HCDE or the Mountain Education Foundation. It requires the support of parents and others to provide this invaluable part of a student’s education."
The deadline to purchase dinner tickets is Tuesday, March 26. Go to the band’s website to use PayPal or other card. Individual tickets are $40, with a table for eight available for $300.
"If you would like to support Signal’s Band program but cannot attend “Swing, Swang, Swung,” consider making a donation via a link on the band’s website or write a check to SMMHS Music Boosters and mail to P.O. BOX 272, Signal Mountain, Tn. 37377. All donations are tax deductible, and an acknowledgement letter will be sent.