PUBLISHED: 11:36 AM on Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Dinner, jazz concert to benefit high school band
"Hot Spaghetti Cool Jazz," a dinner accompanied by jazz music and a dessert auction, will be the final major fundraiser coordinated by the Juneau High School Band Boosters for the 51 JDHS student musicians that are scheduled to perform in the New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall in March.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the JDHS Jazz Band with an intermission debut by the Floyd Dryden Jazz Band.

The event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in the JDHS Commons.

Advance tickets are available at Hearthside Books for $10 for adults, $5 for students (ages 2-9) and $30 for families.

Tables for six can be reserved by emailing Lisa Golisek at

"Professional musicians sometimes wait a lifetime to play at Carnegie Hall, but our students are getting this amazing opportunity early in life" said Ken Guiher, JDHS band director.

Along with this opportunity comes a cost of about $1,800 per student.

The students have been fundraising for months and thanks to the generous support many organizations, individuals and businesses the students have been able to help defray their cost.

There is still a great need, and Hot Spaghetti Cool Jazz is a great way to support the kids and reap the benefit of dinner out with live entertainment.

"All this fundraising is a ton of work for the students and parents, but the generous community support keeps us going," Guiher said.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the kids have stepped up to the plate and are not only playing their hearts out in rehearsals, but are also working in their free time to raise money for the trip. Thank you Juneau for supporting us in this Herculean effort, and we look forward to entertaining many of you over dinner."