Brookswood Secondary School's music department is set to swing

Brookswood Secondary School Music Department and Fat City Swing are warming up for the sixth annual BSS Swing Night and Silent Auction.

Doors to the school’s small gymnasium will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 23, with a swing dance lesson from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and live music and DJ to follow until 10:30 p.m.

The event will include dessert and food tables as well as a silent auction.

All five of the school’s instrumental ensembles will perform, including three concert bands and two jazz bands.

All of the repertoire will be based on swing and big band music. Food is included in the price of admission and coffee and bottled water will be sold.  The silent auction is the main fundraiser.

Pre-order ticket information is available for pickup at the school office, at 20902 37A Ave. Pre-order prices are $6 for students and $8 for adults. Students are required to show current student ID before they will be permitted to enter. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10 each.

The BSS music department has been growing and is gaining a reputation for great ensembles and skilled musicians. In addition to its five ensembles, during the past five years, Brookswood Musical Theatre Company has staged Oliver, Grease, Legally Blonde, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and In The Heights. In each case, the live orchestra was made up entirely of Brookswood music students.

The young musicians, who recently returned from Disneyland, where they participated in Disney’s recording sessions workshop, are preparing to perform at the upcoming Fraser Valley International Kiwanis Music Festival.

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