Speakeasy Style at Spring Swing on April 28 – Support Nevada Union’s Instrumental Music Program – YubaNet

Among the talented musicians of the Nevada Union High School Jazz Bands are, from left, Max Osorio on trombone, Paul Osuna on tenor saxophone and Cheyenne Corin on trumpet. Jazz bands will play big band hits during Spring Swing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 28 at 151 Union Square, downstairs at 151 Mill St. in downtown Grass Valley. Photo by Trina Kleist

April 27, 2017 – Swing dance in a cool club to big band hits – and support good music in our public schools!

Spring Swing features the award-winning jazz band from Nevada Union High School from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 28 at the cozy 151 Union Square, 151 Mill St. in downtown Grass Valley. Featured hits will include Duke Ellington’s “C Jam Blues”, Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and Count Basie’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”.

Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door; purchase tickets from a student group, BrownPaperTickets.com or call (530) 205-9513. The event includes homemade appetizers and silent auction items such as yoga and belly dancing classes at Yoga Utopia and gift certificates at Lefty’s Grill.

Step down to the historic brick and wood space at 151 Union Square to enter an intimate club atmosphere reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy. The hostless bar offers 18 craft beers on tap, plus wine, tea and sodas.

Proceeds from this event support Nevada Union’s instrumental music program. Around 60 young people immerse themselves in music and movement through the Marching Band, Symphony Band, Jazz Band and Color Guard each year at NU. In addition to providing their own killer gigs, their talent enhances football, basketball, theater, and other school and city events. Most of these students would not have access to a musical education without it being offered in public schools.

Research proves that learning to play a musical instrument nurtures a child’s developing brain. Children who learn music have better reading skills, better verbal memory, abstract thinking and executive functions; and they score better on intelligence tests.

Still, declining local enrollment and state budget cuts mean that high school music lessons receive little funding. Parent-organized events like Spring Swing raise money to pay for instrument repairs, new music, and transportation to fun competitions that help motivate students.

Your support of the group helps keep the culture alive in Western Nevada County! To support the group in other ways – including donating money or silent auction items – call (530) 575-6132.

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