Jazz Band Raises Money for Program


Lucy Edmunds

Senior Stephen Tahbaz plays his saxophone to raise money.

Maria Comerford, News Editor, Senior

There’s no better way to raise money than through good music and entertainment. On November 6, 2019, Band teacher Mr. Van Bochove and the PMHS Jazz Band held a fall fundraiser in order to raise money for new pieces that will enhance their music library. Van Bochove also hopes to plan a field trip in the spring, and heavily subsidize the cost using funds from the event.

The jazz band kicked off the night with the jazz classic Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Cannonball Adderley, Bye Bye Blackbird written by Julie London, When the Saints Go Marching In by Louis Armstrong, and Shallow by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

“The fundraiser was definitely a success. It was our third year holding the event, we had a good turn out, and everyone who was there had a fantastic time!” Mr. Van Bochove said.

The night included solos from saxophone players freshman Victor Chang and senior Stephen Tahbaz, as well as freshman Robbie Shepherd and seniors Anna Brightman on trombone and Brian McFarland on trumpet, and vocals in Shallow from senior Alyssa Lynn Catalanotto.

“Instead of acknowledging specific songs, I think it’s important to emphasize how much music those students needed to learn in a very short amount of time.  Most school ensembles don’t perform until their winter concerts. By having this event each year, it almost doubles the amount of repertoire the students learn each year,” Mr. Van Bochove said.