North Nova Music Auxiliary invites public to annual fundraiser

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NEW GLASGOW – North Nova Education Centre Music Auxiliary is beginning to prepare for an influx of students this fall.

The NNEC Jazz Band will once again bring their talents to the annual Spring Dance organized by the North Nova Music Auxiliary. Pictured is the band performing at the dance in 2012. SUBMITTED

Their annual Spring Dance is approaching, and auxiliary president Jim Nix is hoping to see even more people attend, as they get ready for the addition of Grade 9 students next year.

In particular, they’re hoping to see NNEC alumni and their parents.

The school on Park Street will be transformed the night before Mother’s Day into a nightclub of sorts, a press release says, with a licensed bar and entertainment from the North Nova Jazz Band.

There will be table seating and plenty of tunes featuring rock, pop, Latin to swing as well as door prizes and a 50/50 draw.

All funds raised go towards the school’s growing music program.

This will also be the second year that funds raised will be matched by Scotiabank Westside Shopping Centre, whose staff will be volunteering.

Darrin Thornton, assistant professor of music education at Penn State School of Music and recent adjudicator of this year’s New Glasgow Music Festival, was impressed with both local school bands’ performances under the direction of Steve Hartlen and Andrew Alcorn, a release said.

“On Tuesday night, the New Glasgow JHS Jazz Band, NNEC Jazz Combo and Jazz Band played with a high level of nuance and jazz understanding for students this age. There is clearly a great deal of dedication on the part of the students and exquisite jazz teaching happening at all levels of instruction,” he said.

Both schools will highlight their talents again in early June as their respective bands and choirs play back to back for a special event called All That Jazz. Funds for that event will go for music enhancements for the new P to 8 school. Both the new school and North Nova will see an increase in the number of instruments required to meet the numbers of students making music.

Tickets for the dance can be purchased at NNEC during office hours, at Big Al’s Convenience Store or through a music student.

The dance runs from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. on May 10 and costs $10.

Organizations: North Nova Jazz Band, Scotiabank Westside Shopping Centre, Penn State School of Music New Glasgow JHS Jazz Band Big Al Convenience Store

Geographic location: Park Street, New Glasgow

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