Getting jazzy

Lauren Toma, Staff Writer

On Saturday March 2, the 30th Annual Lemont High School Band Benefit Dinner Dance will be held at DiNolfo’s Banquets in Homer Glen. Dinner, dancing, and music produced by the schools jazz bands serves as entertainment for all from 6-11:30p.m and all proceeds go towards the school’s band program.
This community event gives people the option of staying the whole time to have dinner and dance or just come for dancing at 8:30. Along with that, people have the chance to enter raffles for a variety of different prizes and cash.
To celebrate the 30th year of this dance, the jazz band is adding in ten new dance songs including fan favorites like September by Earth, Wind and Fire, Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, Africa by Toto, and Take On Me from a-Ha. Despite these new additions, there will still be plenty of good jazz classics like music by Glen Miller and Count Basie.
Fine Arts department chair Dave Nommensen said, “The dinner dance is really something different because it takes everyone back to the days of live big band music. A live big band brings an energy and feel you just can’t replicate with a DJ.”
This year, the dance will also serve as the induction ceremony for Lemont High School Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees. This event will occur at 7:45. The honorees are Victoria Cobbett ‘69 and James Driscoll ‘74. These people have made significant contributions to the community and have represented Lemont High School in a positive way with whatever they do.
Senior Julianne McClatchy said, “It is fun to see everyone interact with the music because the music we play here is a lot more fun and lively which everyone enjoys.”
You may purchase tickets for the dinner and dancing portion of the dance online at Tickets are $65 per person, $35 if you are under 13 years of age, and $40 if you are an alumni performer. If you are interested in attending for just the dancing, you may buy tickets at the door at 9:00 for $10.