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Northgate’s Orchestra and Band on the Run

Feb 04, 2016 08:31AM ● By Jennifer Neys

On Saturday, February 27, 6-10pm, get treated to an evening of music from student-led jazz and classical combos from Northgate High School at the second annual Orchestra and Band on the Run fundraiser. 

The event at Savior's Lutheran Church in Lafayette includes dinner and auction along with dance music provided by Northgate Instrumental Music Booster parent and D.J. Scott Haney. Haney is also the event coordinator along with his wife, Debra. They created this event together last year as a fundraiser for the instrumental music group’s trip to Disneyland last April. The Haneys wanted to raise money to make up for some of the gaps in funding for the trip. When they brought “Band on the Run” (a subtle reference to the album and song by Paul McCartney and Wings) as a possible event title to the Northgate instrumental music board, the board suggested adding the word “orchestra,” and the event officially became Orchestra and Band On The Run. “We were aiming to catch people’s attention. We raised close to $5,000 for the trip, and it was such a great outpouring of generosity from the folks who came through,” said Haney.

The performing groups include Northgate HS Combo I, Northgate HS Combo II, Northgate HS String Quartet, and The Little Big Band. The evening will also showcase a Foothill Middle School combo, creating an exciting addition to the performances.  “It’s a night where you can come and recreate the feeling you get when visiting a nice club where a tight jazz band is playing, the lights are low, and it’s something different. You get an upfront, intimate relationship with the musicians as they are playing in a relaxed dinner setting. We are all here to cheer on our band,” added Haney. 

The event includes an auction, raffle, dinner with wine and beer, and dancing. The goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase and repair musical instruments, fund transportation and entry fees to music festivals, and buy music scores and other related music equipment. For tickets, visit


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