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Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance to benefit Tusculum band program

Community Contributor Suzanne Richey • Jan 12, 2018 at 12:30 PM

GREENEVILLE — The public can usher in Valentine’s Day with some swing, thanks to a local college band program fundraising event. 

The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will host a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the General Morgan Inn, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event includes dinner and a performance by the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

The event is a fundraiser to raise money for much-needed equipment for the entire Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

“This will be our fifth year for this event and it has proven to be a popular and enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said Price. “Each year we have had tremendous feedback on the quality of the food, as well as the fun of dancing the night away to the sounds of jazz standards. This year, we are even planning some special fun to celebrate Mardi Gras as well.”

Ticket prices for the event are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight guests. Ticket or table purchases include dance tickets, free dance lessons, an opening reception, dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available.

In preparation for the event, dance lessons will be provided at the Chalmers Conference Center in Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum campus for two evenings by Robin Beal. Dance lesson dates are Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. The lessons are free to anyone that has tickets for the event. Dance lessons without event tickets are $10 per person.

Tickets are available for purchase by contacting Price at (423) 636-7303 or emailing daprice@tusculum.edu.

Special table reservations are available for larger group seating by contacting Price.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010, with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons, as the band performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game and during pregame and half-time festivities.

Since that time a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the program. The groups play several events on campus each year, as well as events in the community.

Tusculum, the first college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is committed to providing a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement. Approximately eighteen hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and two off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars.