Wine tasting to benefit WHS band

WESTFIELD – Lovers of fine wine and music are invited to raise a glass in support of music in the public school system on Saturday, May 3, when the Westfield High School Band and Orchestra Parents Association hosts a special wine tasting. The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Turnverein, located at 60 North Westfield Street in Feeding Hills.
The event promises something for every taste, with the opportunity to sample an array of more than 30 fine wines provided by M.S. Walker, distributor. The evening will also feature hors d’oeuvres by Christine’s Catering, a dessert buffet, and a performance by the Westfield High School’s acclaimed Jazz Combo, directed by WHS Band Director Patrick Kennedy.
“This is a great opportunity for couples to enjoy an evening together, or for a group to enjoy a night out and sample some outstanding wines,” said event organizer Paula Welker. “Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, we’ve managed to keep ticket prices far below what you would pay for a comparable experience elsewhere, all while supporting a worthy cause.”
Proceeds from the evening will be used by the Band and Orchestra Parents association to support Westfield High School’s Instrumental Music Program. The Association provides grants to deserving students, supplements uniform and equipment needs, and augments enrichment, special programming, and other events.
“The Band and Orchestra Parents Association has played a vital role in supporting our efforts to provide a complete educational experience to students,” said Kennedy. “The Westfield High School Instrumental Music Program has served hundreds of students over the years, and the support of the Band Parents has allowed these kids to travel to some great places to perform and see some spectacular sights. Past performances include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and a full band concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.”
Westfield High School’s music program provides opportunities for all students to study, perform, and experience music according to their interests, desires, and capabilities. The Band and Orchestra Parents Association provides support to the program’s Concert Band, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Color Guard/Drill Team.
Advance tickets for the evening are $25 per person, with table reservations accepted for parties of eight. Admission is limited to those 21 years old and older. To reserve your tickets, email [email protected] or visit Fitness First at 60 North Westfield Street in Feeding Hills. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with any remaining tickets available at the door the night of the event.

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