LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Lancer and Lab Jazz Bands will be performing a full repertoire of songs at the upcoming Jazz Bands Dinner Dance, hosted annually by the Livingston High School (LHS) Band Boosters. The LHS cafeteria will be transformed into a hip nightclub for the event with dinner provided by Turano’s Pizza Kitchen on Saturday, March 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

According to the LHS Band Boosters, the Lancer Band will perform classics like “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller and “Orange Colored Sky” by Nat King Cole, while the Lab Band will showcase some new tunes learned this year, such as “Phat and Sassy” by Paul Baker and “Check Your Swing” by Doug Beach.

James Hegedus, director of the Lancer Band, and Erik Donough, director of the Lab Band, have been rehearsing with the students for several months to prepare for this special evening. Carley Margolis, a sophomore at LHS, said the band has been practicing hard and proclaimed that it would be a fun night for all.

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“It’s incredible to play with people who really have a passion for what they do,” said LHS senior Eli Siegel. “Each song has its own unique style.”

The Jazz Bands Dinner Dance started nine years ago to highlight the talented student musicians and to serve as a fundraiser for the Band Boosters.  It continues to be a huge success, with nearly 200 people attending each year to enjoy dinner and dancing as the students perform, according to the Boosters.

“I love playing music that is enjoyable and enriching,” said LHS junior Victoria Hosteler.

Senior Scott Faber added that he enjoys “performing for an audience that can dance to our music, not just on a stage."

Proceeds from the evening are used to help buy equipment for all the LHS bands (jazz bands, concert bands, marching band) and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.lhsbandboosters.org or at the door the night of the show. Ticket prices are $20 for adults (or $25 if purchased after Feb. 15), $15 for students/senior citizens and $5 for children under 12. 

For questions or more information, contact jazzdance@lhsbandboosters.org.  In the event of inclement weather, the snow date for this event is March 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.