Local Partnership to fundraise for Jazz Band

By on June 6, 2014

KANELAND—Five local men on June 29 will trek across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, from a lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan to the coast of Lake Superior.

The participants are all associated with Da Capo Music Studio in Elburn: Ben Westfall, co-owner of Da Capo; Garrett Patterson, student at Da Capo and a Kaneland graduate from the Class of 2014; Bob Cates, David Mannia and Chris Goddard, parents of Da Capo students. Kristin Paxinos, co-owner of Da Capo, will drive a support vehicle.

Their journey will take them along the coast, through dense forest, and up an old Chippewa Indian portage route through country inhabited by grey wolf, lynx and black bear. The hikers will carry their food and water throughout the day and camp in tents at night.

These men are hoping the community will support their efforts by mailing a donation to the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters. All donations will support the Jazz Band at Kaneland Harter Middle School and will also provide the needed emotional support for them to keep moving through the bugs, blisters and aching bodies.

Westfall’s interest in Harter’s Jazz Band began when one of his guitar students, Bailey Cates, auditioned for and was selected to be in the band. With additional funding, the Jazz Band can participate in workshops or purchase a wider range of music for the students. Earlier this year, the jazz band, under the direction of Rebecca Andersen, was chosen to perform at the annual Illinois Music Education (ILMEA) Conference in Peoria. Only a select few middle school jazz bands are given this honor.

“The Boosters are very excited to partner with Da Capo Music Studio in this unique fundraising opportunity to raise money for the Jazz Band,” said Denise Blaszynski, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters President.

Donations can be mailed to Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, P.O. Box 611, Elburn, IL 60119. If you’re interested in following their journey, photos and stories will be posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dacapobigwalk, and on the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters Facebook page.

The mission of the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters is to assist and support the activities of the band, choir and theatre programs at Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School in order to maintain and enhance programs that are educational, enjoyable and rewarding.

For more information about the Boosters, send an email to info@knightmusic.org. Da Capo Music Studio is located at 140 East Route 38, Unit C, in Elburn. For more information about Da Capo, call (630) 777-2955.