Community Corner: A different kind of March Madness

By on February 28, 2014

by Denise Blaszynski
President, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters

March Madness to most means the events surrounding the single-elimination Division I college basketball tournament. But to the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, March Madness is a horse of a different color.

On Sunday, March 2, the community will have the opportunity to see and hear some of Kaneland’s middle and high school musicians on stage at the second annual Knight of Performances, sponsored by the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters. Beginning at 2 p.m., this event will showcase more than 40 acts, including students who are either performing a vocal or instrumental solo or ensemble, Harter Middle School (HMS) Mid-Knight Special, HMS Jazz Band, Kaneland High School (KHS) combos, a rock band, and actors from this year’s KHS spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

The afternoon will also include a basket raffle and barbecue dinner. The event will take place at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive in Sugar Grove.

The Knight of Performances Committee has worked diligently to acquire many wonderful items for the basket raffle, such as: one reserved parking space for a KHS student for the 2014-15 school year; Chicago Cubs tickets; “Rent” tickets; local restaurant and business gift certificates; wine and coffee baskets; music lessons; Elgin Symphony Orchestra tickets; Disney princess basket; Thirty-One, Vera Bradley and Tastefully Simple merchandise; hand-crafted jewelry; and much more. All money raised at this event will directly benefit the students involved in the band, choir and theatre programs at KHS and HMS.

Guests will enjoy barbecue from 5B’s Catering in Waterman, Ill. Dinner options include either a pork chop, chicken or combo dinner, or a kids hot dog meal. A vegetarian option will also be available. All dinners include side dishes and a choice of homemade dessert. There are still a few openings for volunteers for the afternoon. If interested, send an email to

And if we weren’t busy enough, the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters are teaming with the high school music directors to coordinate the Illinois High School Association’s 2014 Solo & Ensemble Music Contest, hosted this year by Kaneland. On Saturday, March 8, more than 850 music students representing 20 area high schools will attend the event at Harter Middle School.

This is both an honor and a huge undertaking to host such a prestigious event. The Boosters will coordinate the volunteers and operate a concession booth serving both breakfast and lunch items. Many volunteers will be needed for either two- or four-hour time slots throughout the day for jobs such as: concessions, room monitors, hall monitors, score runners, welcome table, and to donate items to be sold at our Booster-run concession booth and to feed the judges. If interested, send an email to info and we’ll place you in a volunteer position.

To top off our busy month, the Boosters are coordinating the box office ticket sales and volunteers needed for the KHS spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Show dates and times are 7 p.m. on Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. The musical pays tribute to the jazz-age shows of the 1920s. It all begins when a musical-theatre fan plays his favorite album on his turntable, and the musical comes to life in his living room. Cast of characters include a reluctant bride, a groom on skates, a tap-dancing best man, a womanizing gigolo, gangsters posing as bakers, and an intoxicated chaperone. Tickets are on sale now. To order, simply visit the Kaneland website at

If you would like additional information about the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters or how you can help with any of these events, find us on Facebook or send an email to Come join in the March Madness fun.

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