Italian Dinner To Raise Funds For Band, Choir

Members of the PHS Marching Band goof off in the stands as they wait for their scores at a recent competition. An Italian dinner fund-raiser is being held Nov. 21 to help raise money for the high school’s band and choir students to perform at Festival Disney in California.

Members of the PHS Marching Band goof off in the stands as they wait for their scores at a recent competition. An Italian dinner fund-raiser is being held Nov. 21 to help raise money for the high school’s band and choir students to perform at Festival Disney in California. Photo by Michele Nelson. |

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Now that the band has finished its marching season, it’s time to move on to its concert season and beyond.

To put the cherry on top of a season full of firsts, band director Sergio Beraun hopes to perform at Festival Disney in California.

“It’s a joint choir and band event,” said Beraun.

He plans on taking the band and choir to Anaheim, Calif. to participate in Festival Disney, a fun-filled time of competing against other instrumental, vocal and auxiliary groups from around the country.

After the competition, band members will be able to enjoy the theme parks, Disneyland and California Adventure parks.

To cover the costs, Beraun has cooked up the idea of hosting an Italian dinner with homemade lasagna, checkered table cloths and perpetual music.

“My old high school did this and they went all out with decorations, a nice dinner and concert,” said Beraun.

He has partnered with band parent Liz Brandt to secure the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church dining room and kitchen.

Brandt has lots of experience putting on dinners after organizing Boy Scout fund-raising dinners in the past.

“We’ve served over 100 from a Scout troop of 12 — we also did a Dutch oven dinner fund-raiser,” she said.

Beraun said he will rotate the Voci and Mixed Choirs with the Concert Band to provide diners with non-stop music.

When not playing, Beraun will have students bus tables and help diners.

“We’ll perform a mix of music from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to ‘Do, Re, Me,’ to hymns in Latin,” he said.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any band member or contact Liz Brandt at (928) 978-3891 or e-mail her at brandtworks4@yahoo.com.

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