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What lacks in numbers, makes up in spirit; Winter weather discourages last minute ticket sales

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WAXAHACHIE - Despite the frigid temps across the state, the 6th annual Waxahachie Jazz Cafe, benefiting the Waxahachie Booster Club, continued on with the show.

Jazz Café, known for its award winning jazz band in the county, is an evening of elegance with dinner, a silent auction and dancing to the tunes of old favorites, including appropriately, "My funny Valentine," performed by Waxahachie High Jazz band students Saturday, Feb.5, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

This event was a group effort and couldn’t had been done without the help of more than 40 high school band students who worked through the day and evening helping set up the Civic Center and working as wait staff.

"Jazz Cafe started because we wanted a way to highlight the fantastic Waxahachie band program and give back to the community for their wonderful support of fine arts in Waxahachie," said Co- Chair Jennifer Dacy.

"There is nothing like this event going on anywhere in the Metroplex, and we think it is a fabulous way to show that jazz and Big Band music is alive and thriving in Waxahachie!"

Jazz Café is the second biggest fundraiser for the band. The first, concession sales at football games and holding at least one annual car wash.

Raffle tickets and silent auction raised more than $6,000, $1,000 less than last year.

Roughly about 250 people attended the event, down 50 from last year.

"We are attributing the loss to the icy roads and weather conditions, it typically grows every year," said Dacy, who currently has a freshman in band.

Proceeds from the event go into the Waxahachie Independent School District Band Boosters general account. Money from the general account helps support band activities in grades 6-12 including equipment or instruments; food and/or transportation for bands at football games, contests, and trips; choreography and supply needs for the marching band show at football games, contest entry fees, clinicians for instruction at special band activities, sheet music and anything else needed by the band programs not covered through the WISD band budget.

Preparation for next year’s event in already underway. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

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