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17th Annual Jazz Benefit Concert Announced



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Kyle Stroud performs at the 2013 Jazz Benefit Concert. This year's concert will be held on March 4 and features a special, behind-the-scenes dinner package in the theater's black box.
February 13, 2014
The Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters announced today that advance tickets for the 17th Annual Jazz Benefit at the Maxine Theater go on sale this week at Joe's Country Feed and Pet, and Krueger Realty. The annual event showcases musicians from Valley Center School jazz bands and choir with the professional San Diego Jazz Orchestra.

The benefit concert will begin at 6 p.m. at the Maxine Theater, located at Valley Center High School, 31322 Cole Grade Road; doors open at 5 p.m. for a special, behind-the-scenes dinner package in the theater's black box. This VIP Backstage Pass includes a gourmet tri-tip dinner with delectable sides and desserts, preconcert entertainment from the Len and Greg Beck Jazz Duo and reserved seating for the concert.

Advance ticket prices are $25 for the concert and dinner package and just $10 for the concert only when tickets are purchased at Joe's Country Feed and Pet or Krueger Realty. Joe's Country Feed and Pet is located at 27847 Valley Center Road. Krueger Realty is located at 28732 Valley Center Road. Tickets will be $12 at the door. The reserved seat/ dinner package will be $30 at the door, if space is available. Advance ticket sales will be available at the lower price until Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Meal items will also be available at 5 p.m. such as pulled pork sandwich meals for $5 and desserts and drinks for $1. The Len and Greg Beck Jazz Duo will kick things off with jazz entertainment in the Maxine lobby starting at 5 p.m. This annual event is a key fundraiser for the Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters which support the efforts of about 700 award-winning chorus and band students in the Valley Center schools. The San Diego Jazz Orchestra, known throughout southern California, donates their time to this annual fundraiser.

The SDJO, under the leadership of Brad Steinwehe, consistently delivers an engaging show with a variety of jazz styles, from Big Band to New Age, with special guest artists and a variety of compositions. In addition, the Valley Center Middle and High School Jazz Bands, under the direction of Jeff Beck, and Valley Center High School Advanced Choir and Jazz Choir, Resonate, under the direction of Laralee Beck, will take the big stage in a festival style performance with judging and feedback for their upcoming competition seasons. The show finishes with a grand finale, including all performers alongside the SDJO.

"After 17 years of presenting this event, we know that the community anticipates this quality show and we just keep working to make it better with the dine-in option of a gourmet meal and reserved seating," said Diane Conaway, president of the Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters. "Every year, the show delivers quality jazz at an affordable price, all while continuing to help our music programs grow and flourish in notoriety."

All proceeds help fund the annual $60,000 goal of the VCPMB organization to support the uniforms, instruments and competitions for VCP music programs. The Boosters help purchase and keep hundreds of instruments tuned up and in good shape for hundreds of 5th through 12th graders in the award-winning VC bands. The boosters also fund the ability for both band and chorus to participate in competition events at the middle and high school levels. Recently, the Boosters were able to purchase a new, larger band trailer which carried the high school band equipment to Disneyland, thanks to community support. Tighter budgets mean there is an ever important role of the boosters. For more information about the Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters and how you can help, please email contactus@vcpmusicboosters.org, visit vcpmusicboosters.org , find Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters and like us on Facebook or call 760-749-2888. More information is available about the San Diego Jazz Orchestra at sandiegojazzorchestra.org. The SDJO also supports the San Diego Jazz Academy which is dedicated to enriching our community through music education and works to fill in where schools have cut funding throughout San Diego County.

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