JACKSON TWP. The Jackson High School Jazz Department held its fourth annual Jazz Desserts concert and fundraiser with tasty treats and a performance by all five of the school's big bands.
Participants could come for free for the concerts or they could pay $5 and get to select from a large variety of desserts and beverages. Band director Michele Monigold said the event has grown in size every year.
"This is the largest crowd we’ve had yet and we are pleased and appreciative of everyone’s support," Monigold said. "All 100 members of the jazz band are playing tonight. We name each section after the hour they practice on every Tuesday evening. For example, the 3:00 jazz band practices at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. The 6:00 and the 7:30 jazz bands are the audition-only bands and the remainder are open to all students."
There were several tables full of a variety of desserts such as cupcakes, cookies, fruit and much more. Monigold said the band booster members are responsible for getting the desserts together every year.
The event typically brings in close to $1,000. The proceeds from the event go back to the jazz band department for music and equipment.
"We are just so thrilled that the event has grown every year and I’m pleased that so many students volunteer to be a part of the jazz band," Monigold said. "It’s good to see that jazz music is alive and doing well in Jackson Township."