Tickets are now available for the 10th annual Jazz Café, scheduled from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The event serves as a major fundraiser for the Waxahachie ISD band program and includes an evening of fine dining provided by My Sister’s Affair, dancing and music performed by the award-winning Waxahachie High School Jazz Band as they perform all the big band classics. The evening will include a silent auction and drawings throughout the evening for prizes.

Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased online at www.spiritofwaxahachie.com/jazzcafe, or at the following locations: Beall’s Department Store, Waxahachie Daily Light, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce or the Waxahachie High School main office.

Once again this year, special performers will include WHS Band alumni James and Keith Davis. Following his education, James performed professionally with the Glenn Miller Big Band.

“It’s just a great evening of entertainment,” said Rich Armstrong, WISD director of bands. “It’s the perfect date night for every generation. The music is tremendous, with performances from some of the best student musicians in the state of Texas. I know I’m biased, but these young musicians have the awards to back that statement up.

“We will be performing a show filled with all the great big band classics that will have you out of your seat and on the floor dancing. My Sister’s Affair is catering the meal, so you’ll a great meal and we’ve got lots of great items in the silent auction you’ll want to bid on,” he added. “As I mentioned earlier, it’s just a perfect date night and an evening to remember.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the WISD band program, which includes grades 6-12.

“Every segment of our band program, including our beginning band students in grade 6, benefit from the funds generated from the Jazz Café,” Armstrong said.

He said just a few examples of what the Jazz Café has helped fund in the past include allowing the band to bring in master class teachers, helping fund private lessons for students, helping pay for music and providing the funds for bands to participate in contests outside of UIL that provide students with valuable experience prior to UIL competition.

“The entire program benefits through the money raised by the Jazz Café,” she stressed, urging everyone to purchase their tickets as early as possible before the venue is sold out.

“It has been an extremely popular event and everyone that’s attended absolutely raves about it. We have a lot of folks who have been every year. That’s why we’re urging everyone to purchase tickets early,” he added.

The Waxahachie band program has been nationally recognized, with its students perennial award-winners in state and national music contests. The WHS Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Marching Band is also a perennial state contender in the Texas UIL state marching band contest, held every other year.

Waxahachie High School has also received national recognition as one of the nation’s top high schools for performing arts for its music, vocal and theater departments.