The Harrisburg High School Band will be hosting a second dinner and variety show the evening of Nov. 9, similar to the one held last year, which was a big hit. The band invites area residents to take a trip through time as the band presents acts from the 1940s through to the present.
Acts include a saxophone quartet, a brass quintet, comedy skits, stepping and vocal numbers. The evening will feature a sit-down dinner, the variety show and a silent auction.
The activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Dorrisville Baptist Church, 300 S. Feazel St., Harrisburg. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Harrisburg schools instituted a music program in 1912, making this the hundredth year of music in Harrisburg schools.
They perform in the homecoming and lights parades, as well as the Norris City Dairy Days parade, the Ridgeway Popcorn Days parade, the Murphysboro Applefest parade and the SIU homecoming parade.
It's hard to imagine a Bulldogs football game without the band's pep music and halftime show.
In hosting the dinner and variety show, the band is raising funds to purchase musical instruments and new band uniforms. The tubas are 40 years old and two of the three tubas cannot be played. The band uniforms are over 20 years old and show wear-and-tear. Additionally, the band does not have uniforms to fit the variety of sizes the students need, forcing numerous students to wear uniforms that are too small.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Advance tickets are required. Ticket deadline is Nov. 5.
For tickets, band director Hannah Naas may be contacted at (618) 253-7637 ext. 2169. Tickets are also available at the Raymond James office at 37 South Main Street, Harrisburg.