WAXAHACHIE — Each year, the Spirit of Waxahachie High School Indian Band invites the community to take a step back in time and enjoy a night of jazz music, dancing and dining. In addition to the events, a silent auction will be held throughout the evening.
The event turns twelve years old this year and, much like the band itself, remains under the direction of Richard Armstrong.
“This is definitely one of the musical events offered in Waxahachie every year. You’re going to hear great big band music. You’re going to have a great night of dining and silent auction. There’s also great fellowship with the folks that attend,” Armstrong said.
Proceeds from the event will benefit sixth-grade band students all the way up to the seniors.
According to the Jazz Cafe website, “Auction items will be displayed throughout the evening for everyone to browse through and make bids. The Auction will end at 9:00 p.m. and the items will be available to take home at the end of the evening. This year's auction includes event tickets, movie passes, crafts, jewelry, photographic art and many other items.”
In the past, the jazz orchestra students have played music such as ‘In the Mood,' ‘Moonglow,' ‘Little Brown Jug’ and ‘Sing, Sing, Sing.'
“The music is second to none. You’ll hear vocalists, instrumentalists, music from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, and that whole era,” Armstrong explained. “Our kids step it up a whole new notch. They’re very professional. We’re just keeping a form of music alive.”
There will also be guest appearances and performances by Waxahachie ISD’s own Elizabeth Stelzer and bass player Reggie Cook.
As told by the website, “Stelzer, WHS choral and theater accompanist, is a pianist, composer, and singer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Texas. [...] She is currently composing her first opera. Miss Stelzer also teaches a musical theater class with Dallas Summer Musicals and performs weekly as a cocktail pianist and vocalist at Hector’s on Henderson in Dallas. Miss Stelzer has found a home here at the Waxahachie High School Choral and Theatre Departments, where she strives to provide her students with the same in-depth and eclectic education that she received.”
Cook attended Texas Christian University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in music education. He has taught at Castleberry ISD, Venus ISD and has been a part of the WISD program since 2007.
“He participated in many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. His major instruments were percussion and bass in which he was a student of Dr. Michael Kingan and Dr. Nick Petrella. [...] Reggie has been with the Waxahachie ISD program since the Fall of 2007 and his High School Symphonic Band earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight Reading in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He co-directed the High School Marching Band to an eighth place finish at the 2009 State 4A Marching Contest. Reggie currently conducts Symphonic II, assists with Symphonic I, and teaches beginners at Howard Junior High School.”
Linda Rodriguez with My Sister's Affair has catered the event in the past and will continue to do so as their menu will be released for the event of the Jazz Cafe website in the upcoming week.
The event is set to take place Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Waxahachie Civic Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase at Bealls, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Waxahachie Daily Light, the WHS Band Office and online at www.spiritofwaxahachie.com/jazzcafe/TicketInformation.
Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL