The second annual Swing Dance hosted by ERHS on Friday, March 11, with five jazz bands providing the music was enjoyed by many adults and students alike, once again.
“We had a wonderful turnout and are planning on doing it again next year,” said ERHS band director John Rosner. ”There were five bands, we decorated more, had some excellent swing dance lessons and people danced and wanted more when we were finished.”
ERHS Black Elk and Red Elk jazz bands performed along with North Suburban Community Band, Rogers High School Band and Salk Middle School Band.
A parents group headed by Tanya Love planned the event.
The event is a fundraiser, a performance, a dance, and a community event, said Rosner. It exposes kids to what jazz bands were all about: playing a dance.
“Before there were speakers to amplify sound,” he said, “you needed a bigger band to get enough sound out, so there was a big need for this type of instrumentation. That’s why the music was written as it was … So when we play a dance, a light clicks on in the kids heads about what the purpose of this group is really for.”
Kids in the school frequently ask when there’ll be another swing dance evening, Rosner said.
Money raised is used for new equipment, guest instructors, travel expenses and fun events for the kids.