Park City High School Band students ready annual Sweetheart Gala |

Park City High School Band students ready annual Sweetheart Gala

The 12th annual Park City High School BandÕs Sweetheart Gala will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, at the St. MaryÕs Catholic Church Grand Hall. The event is a fundraiser for the band department. (Jill Orschel)

Valentine’s season is upon us and that means the Park City High School Band’s Sweetheart Gala is just around the corner.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Park City Bands, will land on Friday, Feb. 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church’s Grand Hall, according to volunteer Ben Ling.

The doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the music and dancing will begin at 8 p.m.

"The dinner will be catered by Denise’s Home Plate in Coalville, and there is a choice of entrees, including vegetarian dishes," Ling said during an interview with The Park Record. "There will also be beer and wine available for the adults to purchase."

The Park City High School Varsity Jazz Ensemble will provide the music.

"There are 22 kids in the band this year, and they are professional quality musicians," Ling said. "They’ll play big band music and swing music. So people will get to dance."

In addition to the dinner, dancing and live music, there will be an opportunity drawing and a silent auction.

The silent auction is online right now and people can bid on items by visiting, according to Ling.

"There are more than 50 items right now and more will be added as donations come in," he said. "One of the biggest items is a two-night stay at the Waldorf Astoria at Canyons Village. We have Deer Valley lift tickets and a number of restaurant and music-school tickets."

There is some outdoor gear up for bids as well.

"The auction will close during the gala and winners will be announced that night," Ling said. "However, winners don’t have to be present to win. They will be notified also by email. I mean, since the auction is online, it’s open to the world."

A new addition to the gala will be a Giving Tree.

"Since the Park City High School Marching Band was selected to represent Utah at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii later this year, the band needs equipment," Ling said. "The Marching Band currently has 80 uniforms, but there are at least 100 kids signed up for the Pearl Harbor trip.

"The Giving Tree will allow the public to donate directly to the Marching Band and donors will be able to see specifically where the money will go."

Not only does the Sweetheart Gala help raise funds for the band department, it also teaches band students some life skills, Ling said.

Director of Bands Chris Taylor and Director of Percussion Bret Hughes organize a group of parents of the band students to put on the event.

"There are hundreds of volunteers involved and this is basically a huge Valentine’s Day party and the kids learn how to do it all," Ling said. "Some of the kids usher guests to tables, some serve food, some bus tables and some wash dishes."

A group of students set up the tables and the bandstand and others stay after and clean up.

"It’s amazing what Chris and Bret are able to get these kids to do," Ling said. "There are just some teachers who can be super demanding, and the kids just love them. It may be because they are so good at what they do."

The Park City High School band department will present the 12th annual Sweetheart Gala at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1505 White Pine Canyon Rd., on Friday, Feb. 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Standard tickets are $55 per seat. Premium tickets are $65 per seat. Tables of 10 are available for $550 and $650. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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