Bands hosting 2 benefit events

Whidbey residents can help out while enjoying the sounds of the South Whidbey high school and middle school bands at a pair of events this week.

The bands will give a concert at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The band will also host the annual Sweetheart’s Big Band Dance at the Old Commons at the high school from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

Both concerts are benefits for the high school jazz and wind ensembles.

With support from the South Whidbey Performing Arts Boosters, the students are raising money to help support travel and entrance fees for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival later this month a the University of Idaho and other competitions and festivals this spring.

The high school jazz band finished second at the Clark College Jazz Festival Jan. 25 and 26 in Vancouver, Wash.

For information or to purchase tickets, call 360-221-8268 or visit www.tickets.wicalonline.org

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