The El Segundo High School Band, in conjunction with the South Bay Music Association, presents the Sixth Annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction on Saturday, February 28 starting at 6 p.m. at the El Segundo Performing Arts Center.
Well-known throughout the community as a fun evening of entertainment, Comedy Night promises plenty of laughs for up to 900 guests and raises $20K-$25K for the award-winning high school music program. As the band’s largest fundraiser of the year, Comedy Night truly reflects the benevolence of the community, the dedication of the parents and the dynamic energy of the El Segundo High School students.
The 2015 Comedy Night line-up features the talents of four professional entertainers who have all donated their time to support the El Segundo High School Band.
Headlining the show is Vegas mentalist Paul Draper, an anthropologist, magician and mentalist who has traveled the world in search of magic and mysteries to share with the audience. Stand-up comedian Kelly McCarron will charm the crowd with her biting sense of humor and delightfully cheery demeanor. Comedy Night fans can also look forward to the well-versed, storytelling intrigue of actor, writer and director Robert Fleet. The hilarious Danny Roque will emcee the event, bringing his clever sense of humor to the stage between acts.
The popular Beach Cities Swing Band will entertain the audience with their sophisticated tunes, and performers from the high school are sure to delight.
Expect hilarious improv from the school’s ComedySportz team, rocking beats from the ESHS drumline, and a death-defying trombone suicide routine.
Food will be available from Britt’s BBQ, and there will be a delectable array of bake sale desserts.
A fabulous silent auction rounds out the evening, allowing people to choose from hundreds of items, all donated by the community and band families.
Tickets to Comedy Night are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and the comedy is rated PG-13.
For additional information and online ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.esconcertband.org/ or contact Ann Mazuk at email@example.com.
The El Segundo Performing Arts Center is located at 640 Main Street in El Segundo.
About the El Segundo High School Band
A successful fundraiser of this caliber is critical to the future success of the El Segundo High School Band program. Due to budget cuts from Sacramento, there have been limited school district funds available to support the band over the last decade. The South Bay Music Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, along with the high school band parents, have embraced the challenge of creating new and innovative fundraising opportunities. With a current annual operating budget of $100,000+, the El Segundo High School band is funded 90% by the community.
Under the current leadership of director Steven Allen Fox and assistant director Edie Rice, The El Segundo High School Band has rapidly grown from 40 students to 100 band members strong. Students join band for a variety of reasons, but as a team, they all embrace the mantra of “Eagle Pride”, a motto that embodies a commitment to hard work and the pursuit of excellence. As the ESHS band program has grown, its reputation has risen. In the past 5 years, the ESHS Marching Band has received three consecutive 1st Place Awards at the Judge’s Invitational for Concert Bands, five consecutive Top 3 placements at the California State Championship for Marching Bands, and two acceptances to march in the Disneyland Main Street Parade.
This year, the El Segundo High School Marching Band competed in seven different competitions with their award-winning show, “The Cosmos,” finishing 5th in the state in their division. Band director, Steven Allen Fox, said of the season: “I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication the band students showed this season. From the beginning to the end of the season they never backed off of reaching for their best.”
Source: Press Release