Baldwin band and choir to host spaghetti dinner and concert

BALDWIN — Spaghetti dinners have long been an effective way for groups to raise money for good causes. The Baldwin High School band and choir students will now try their hand at it with a dinner and music performance on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The dinner will last from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be hosted at AMVETS Post No. 1988 in Baldwin. Proceeds from the dinner and concert will help fund a trip to Washington D.C which 40 of the band and choir students will take in April.

On the night of the dinner, the high school band will perform while the choir helps serve guests. After a brief intermission, the choir will then perform while the band members take over serving duties.

"The kids will be putting on a great show which should last for an hour to an hour and a half," said teacher and band booster Jodi Drilling. "We thought this would be a nice way to show off the students' talents while raising money for the trip and offering something to the community."

During their time in Washington D.C., the band and choir students will perform at the Veteran’s Medical Center, will take part in a musical clinic with the Army Band and Voices, and will see the numerous sights the nation’s capitol has to offer.

The Baldwin music program has performed on out-of-town trips before. Two years ago, the students went on a trip to perform in Chicago. This year, the students wanted to go further and be more proactive on their trip. Music teacher Brian Parent stressed trips such as this one are important for the development of young people and can be beneficial in ways far beyond improving their musical abilities.

"To be able to perform outside of their community and see the world is important," said Parent. "Events like this are essential to inspire them grow and dream."

Tickets for the dinner event will be available at the door or by speaking to a band or choir member and cost $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The Baldwin music students also will perform a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at the high school. They will also be raising funds for the Washington D.C. trip at this performance by selling decorated Christmas wreathes and cookie ingredients.