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Pictured above is Alexandria’s RagTime Band from 1935-1936. It was supervised by Mr. Arentsen and was student-led. The Stage Band was formed in the early 1950s and was directed by Vince Di Nino. The Stage Band came to be known as the Jazz Band in the early 1980s. The Harvest Ball, scheduled for Friday, November 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jefferson High School in Alexandria, will feature hits from 1950s.

The Harvest Ball

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The Harvest Ball
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

Jefferson High School (JHS) Jazz presents the fifth annual JHS Harvest Ball for your dancing and listening pleasure!

The event will take place Friday, November 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the JHS gymnasium. Everyone is welcome.

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The event features performances by the JHS Jazz I and Jazz II groups under the direction of Todd Blaser and Greg DeGier, as well as Doc’s All Stars. There will also be performances by an alumni jazz group and a high school combo jazz group.

The theme for the evening is 1950s, in honor of the first year JHS was open – 1959. Attendees are encouraged to wear period clothing; prizes will be awarded to best period dress.

Root beer floats and other treats will be served.

The event is a fundraiser for the District 206 high school and middle school jazz programs. It is organized by the Band Boosters Club.

Over the past four years, equipment purchased through the dance has included flugelhorns, a bass trombone, a drum set, new bass and

guitar amps and a new digital piano.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Student tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at Elden’s Fresh Foods, Pete’s County Market, and the JHS band office. Activity cards will not be accepted at this event.

THE DISTRICT 206 JAZZ PROGRAM

The earliest record of jazz education in District 206 dates back to 1936 with the formation of Alexandria’s RagTime

Band.  

The current Jazz I and Jazz II groups are extra-curricular music activities that promote and enhance the overall musical experience.

Students learn about jazz history, how to perform a variety of musical styles such as swing, rock, Latin and funk, and learn how to improvise through big band and combo settings.  

Jazz I and Jazz II are both auditioned groups, with the most experienced jazz student musicians being selected to Jazz I. 

The ensembles perform for concerts, festivals and competitions throughout the year.

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