M-A Music Boosters hosts annual Big Band Dance fundraiser Feb. 2


The Menlo-Atherton High School Music Boosters (MAMBO) will bring the spirit of Mardis Gras to the school community on Saturday, Feb. 2, to raise money for M-A's music program.

There will be live music performances by each of M-A's ensembles - Jazz II, Jazz III, Orchestra and Concert Band - at the annual MAMBO Big Band Dance, according to a press release. MAMBO is a nonprofit that raises funds for M-A music program equipment and sheet music, travel costs, festival fees and scholarships.

The event, which was attended by about 430 people last year, will also include free swing dance lessons, and Cajun food available for purchase.

MAMBO will also hold an online auction. Items up for auction include tickets to "Hamilton," an executive box at the San Francisco Giants game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 9, gift certificates for local dining, and wine.

M-A's ensembles have received international recognition. The Concert Band earned a gold medal at the 2019 WorldStrides Onstage Music Festival, while Jazz III took home the first-place prize at the 2018 San Joaquin Delta Jazz Festival.

MAMBO hopes to raise $20,000 to support the annual music budget. This year's fundraiser will help pay for the ensembles' trip to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City this spring.

The online auction opens for bidding on Friday, Feb. 1, and closes on Monday, Feb. 11. Bids can be placed here.

The fundraising event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Ayers Gymnasium on the M-A campus, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students. Attendees can purchase jambalaya or po'boy sandwiches for $20.

Tickets are on sale here.


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