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North Tahoe High Jazz Band’s ‘40s Night fundraiser is Saturday

Melinda Barton
Special to the Sun

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Come experience the swing and rhythm of the 1940s on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m., when the acclaimed North Tahoe High School Jazz Band performs at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

This annual iconic event, '40s Night, brings to life an era when all of America was listening and dancing to the same music: Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, to name a few.

On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the big bands — not unlike the NTHS Jazz Band — garnered record crowds. This body of music did much to sustain national morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the 1940s.

This homage to "the greatest generation" is also a key fundraiser for the NTHS Jazz Band's goodwill tour in May.

Under the direction of talented bandleader and principal jokester Dean Nordby, this energetic student group plans to perform at a variety of schools, hospitals and senior centers in San Francisco. They provide 10 free concerts over their multiple-day tour.

Attendees are encouraged to don 1940s garb, your dancing shoes if you want to join in on the dance floor, or at the very least bring a swingin' attitude.

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Tickets are $25 per person and include hearty appetizers and a no-host bar. Buy tickets from any NTHS Jazz Band member, at NTHS or at the door, (if space is still available).

You can also order tickets through Nordby at DNordby@ttusd.org or 530-581-7000, ext. 4125. For more information, call 530-581-1669.