SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Winter storm Jonus forced the cancellation of the January performance of A Salute to Sinatra. However, the benefit concert sponsored by the Spotswood High School Band Parents Association, will be resceduled for Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m.
The Central Jersey Wind Ensemble will be treating audience members to the toe-tapping tunes of New Jersey great Frank Sinatra as well as another Jersey standout, Red Bank's Count Basie. Other timeless classics from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey will also be performed.
Milltown's own Nicholas Santoro is the conductor on the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble, which also features his wife Barbara and daughter Christina Restine. Restine is the music director at Spotswood's Memorial Middle School. The Central Jersey Wind Ensemble is a 35-piece concert group that is comprised of musicians throughout the Garden State including Spotswood.
The event will also feature members of the Honors Wind Ensemble from Spotswood High School. Musicians from the honors class at the high school will perform in selected pieces.
Vocalist Keith Watlington will be among the afternoons performers as well.
A Salute to Sinatra is a benefit concert, sponsored by the Spotswood High School Band Parents Association, to raise money to replace the aging percussion instruments at the Spotswood High School.
The May 21 concert will take place at Spotswood High School. Tickets for the event cost $10. All of the proceeds from the concert will go towards purchasing new percussion equipment.
Spotswood High School opened its doors in 1976 and students are still using percussion instruments that have seen their fortieth birthday.
Tickets for A Salute to Sinatra will be sold at the door on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21. Spotswood High School is located on 105 Summerhill Road.