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900 diners expected at Oct. 24 spaghetti dinner

Up to 900 diners are expected at West Linn High School on Oct. 24 when the music department hosts its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

by: SUBMITTED FILE PHOTO - Sara Schultz serves guests at the 2012 fundraiser. She also plays saxophone in the WLHS band.This year’s event will feature even more student performers, too, with dozens of band, orchestra and choir students sharing their talents.

Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family, with the money going directly to the school’s music programs. Money from previous dinners has helped teachers Barb Fontana and Kevin Egan pay for clinicians, guests composers, instrument and equipment purchase and repair.

“Last year we had Samuel Hazo, one of America’s leading composers of wind literature, work with the symphonic band. The band was playing two of Mr. Hazo’s works, so to have him come and give personal insight is invaluable,” said Egan, the band director.

Proceeds from last year’s dinner also paid for equipment repair and replacement in the choir department.

“In addition, we were able to commission a couple of compositions for the jazz choir and paid for five artist-in-residence experiences,” Fontana said.

Both music programs have grown with the student population. This year, the high school has more than 1,700 students, up from about 1,500 last year. More than 400 students participate in band or choir this year.

“During the past five years, the instrumental program has grown from 110 students to a current enrollment of 230,” Egan said. “The need for instruments has grown along with the program.”

Fontana reported similar growth in choir.

“From last year to this year, the choir numbers have grown from 120 to 180,” she said.

The spaghetti dinner offers three seatings: 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. About 240 students from band, orchestra and choir will perform for 10-minute segments .

Parent Amy Biancardi said the menu will feature spaghetti with marinara sauce, garlic breadsticks, Caesar salad, cheesecake with fruit topping and coffee, lemonade and water.

“Please join me in supporting our fabulous teachers ... who give so much to make sure that our music program is one of the best in the state,” Biancardi said. “What a great way to do it, by serving up 900 plates of spaghetti. Can’t think of a better way to spend an evening.”

Kate Hoots can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 112. Follow her on Twitter, @CommuniKater.

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