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Music fills the night air

St. Helens High School held inagural Beats and Eats fundraiser last weekend


The St. Helens band program hosted its first annual Beats and Eats fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 23, for a crowd of more than 120 people.

The evening started with a performance by the St. Helens High School Jazz Band, followed by an hour-long set by Portland-based jazz band, Soul Brassanova. Throughout the night, event attendees also enjoyed a barbecue dinner and deserts.

Several vendors at the event also sold goods, such as handmade crochet items and candles.

Money raised from the benefit dinner helps fund the Tom Brumbaugh Memorial Scholarship Program, which provides music education and lesson scholarships for St. Helens students.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - St. Helens High School Jazz Band members Alec Martinson and Donovan Jacob perform during the Beats and Eats benefit dinner and concert on Saturday, Jan 23. Members of the band stayed after their performance to enjoy dinner and a performance by Portland band Soul Brassanova.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - St. Helens High School student Amanda Click performs a solo during the jazz band performance on Saturday night. The concert had well over 120 attendees.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The Portland-based jazz band, Soul Brasssanova, performed a one-hour set during Saturday night's fundraiser at St. Helens High School. Travis Freshner,  a St. Helens School District substitute teacher, is one of the band's two trumpet players.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Audience members enjoyed a meal of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans and dessert during the dinner. The relaxed environment allowed audience members take in the performances while also enjoying a meal.