Big-band dinner to highlight the annual Sweetheart Gala |

Big-band dinner to highlight the annual Sweetheart Gala

Submitted by Lynelle Eckels

The "Sweetheart Gala" has become a Valentine’s Day tradition for many in Park City. The eighth-annual, big-band, dinner-dance fundraiser for Park City High Schools Bands will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Grand Hall of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1505 White Pine Canyon Road.

The event is sponsored by Park City Education Foundation and the Park City High School Music Department.

Part of the fun of the Sweetheart Gala is that it is a true community dance, where high school students try to keep up with veterans who have been dancing to the big band sound for decades. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m., with dinner service beginning at 6:30 p.m. accompanied by a jazz combo. The Gala features the PCHS Varsity Jazz Ensemble playing from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. and opportunity drawings throughout the evening. All band students work on the event in some capacity.

According to Park City High School director of jazz studies Chris Taylor, the music ranges "from swing hits of the early big-band era to contemporary big-band charts." Varsity Jazz is the top jazz band of three levels in the eighth to 12th grades. Its hardworking members sacrifice a lot of sleep in favor of daily "zero hour" rehearsals beginning at 6:30 a.m.

All profits benefit the award-winning Park City High School Bands and are used to help defray expenses such as travel to competitions (sometimes national), replacing instruments and cases, and building the music library.

Tickets for premium tables adjacent to the dance floor are $600 per table of ten; all other seats are available at $500 per table of ten or $50 per individual seat. Thanks to the tremendous popularity of this event, tickets are going fast. To purchase tickets, contact Linda at (435) 604-0570.

For further information on the Sweetheart Gala or to make a donation of goods or services for the drawings, please contact Lynelle at (435) 655-5457.

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