The Plano West Jazz Band invites the community to “Glenn Miller Night,” an evening of dinner and dancing to live jazz music, on Saturday, January 27, from 6-9:30 p.m., at Plano West High School, in the cafeteria, at 5601 W. Parker Rd. Swing dance lessons will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner buffet and dessert, catered by Ferrari’s Pizzeria at 6:30 p.m. The award-winning Plano West Jazz Band will begin playing at 7:30 p.m.
This year the Plano West Jazz Ensemble – regarded as one of the premier high school jazz bands in the country – has been selected to perform on January 5 at the 2018 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in Dallas. Additionally, they will perform at the UT Arlington Jazz Festival in February and at the TCU Jazz Festival in March.
“We invite the community to come enjoy this fun night and experience the amazing talent of the Plano West Jazz Band as they play the music of jazz greats such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and many others,” said Preston Pierce, director, Plano West Jazz Band. “I can’t say enough about this talented group of young people. Join us for a delicious dinner, live music, and dancing, and support the band on this wonderful evening!”
In the spring of 2017 the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected as one of the elite 15 finalists in the prestigious 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival and performed at Lincoln Center in New York City in May 2017. In 2015 the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected as the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Invited High School Jazz Ensemble. Throughout the years, many of the Plano West Jazz Ensemble students, under the direction of Preston Pierce, have made the Texas All-State Jazz Band, and many have gone on to study jazz as part of their university curriculum.
Tickets are $25 and are on sale now through January 23, at https://www.planowestband.org and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be available at the door. Tickets include swing dance lessons, dinner buffet, dessert, and live music provided by the Plano West Jazz Band.