Swing to the sounds of jazz and big band-era music on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the second annual Jazz Caf/, hosted by the Waxahachie High School jazz orchestra and the Waxahachie ISD Band Boosters at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Tickets are $25 each and are available through Feb. 5 by advanced purchase only.

An elegant buffet meal, dancing and more than $4,000 worth of exciting silent auction prizes will make this a wonderful evening for anyone looking for a special night out, said Rich Armstrong, director of the high school band and jazz orchestra.

The talents of WHS alumni James Davis on trumpet and Keith Davis on saxophone will complement the music of the award-winning WHS jazz orchestra. Both have extensive professional music experience, and James has toured with the Glen Miller Orchestra.

“This event is a delightful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, our gift back to the community for their wonderful support of the band program and fine arts in Waxahachie,” said Armstrong.

Tickets are available through Feb. 5 at the Waxahachie Daily Light, Beall’s, Waxahachie Veterinary Clinic, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, WISD administration building, and WHS band hall.

Funds from this event will benefit the WISD band program in grades 6-12.

Armstrong said the Waxahachie community has a unique opportunity to showcase jazz music through events like Jazz Caf/ because very few schools in the area have a jazz program that can perform at this level.

“An event like the Jazz Caf/ confirms that the art of jazz is alive and well and continuing to grow in America. It is a great environment and experience for the community to be taken back to the romantic and elegant music of the 1940s and 1950s, as well as an awesome learning experience for the students to prepare tons of literature and experience the musical challenge of playing for an entire evening,” he said.

Music for the night will feature a mix of styles, including swing, bossa, ballad, and rock.

Featured songs will be chosen from a list including “Star Dust,” What the World Needs Now is Love,” Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “My Funny Valentine,” The Girl from Ipanema,” and “Sentimental Journey.”

Anyone who hasn’t found that special Valentine’s Day gift or just looking for a deal on some terrific prizes will also enjoy bidding on silent auction prizes during the evening, organizers say.

“This is a great opportunity to try to win everything from jewelry to services from local merchants to tickets to wonderful activities in the Metroplex and beyond,” said a band booster spokesman.

Prizes include tickets to a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, Texas Rangers baseball, Mesquite Rodeo, Dallas Summer Musicals, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Disneyland, Scarborough Renaissance Festival, photography, veterinary services, a golf package, dining at local restaurants, handmade jewelry, and much more.

The jazz orchestra is even offering itself as an auction prize. “Awesome live music at your own private party - can’t beat that for a great prize!” said Armstrong.

A highlight of the evening will be the raffle drawing for two tickets to anywhere in the continental USA that Southwest Airlines flies. Tickets for this raffle are not limited to persons attending the Jazz Caf/. They are $5 each, available through February 10 at the offices of Dr. Laura Morgan, 201 Ferris St, or Band Booster officers. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Scott Crouch at 972-937-6433 or email scott.crouch@sbcsglobal.net.

Doors open for Jazz Caf/ at 6:30 p.m. The ticket price includes an elegant buffet meal catered by Rose Cameron of The BBQ Pit restaurant including beef or chicken entrees, a choice of vegetables and salad, breads, dessert and coffee by Starbucks.

For more information, contact Rich Armstrong at the high school or any Band Booster member.