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New Year’s Eve event supports young musicians

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A fundraising dinner dance to support the development of young musicians in Placer County will take place on New Year’s Eve.

Terry Shane, band leader and music director for Moonlight Swing Living History Big Band, a nonprofit based in Auburn is joining with The Placer County Youth Orchestra to present a New Year’s Eve Swinging Salute to the 1940s at the Blue Goose Event Center at 3550 Taylor Road in Loomis.

Moonlight Swing has been performing period music from the Big Band era in the area since 1996. The 19 musician members perform sights and sounds of the Glenn Miller Army Air Corps Band of WWII complete with vintage military attire.

Placer County Youth Orchestra under the direction of Margie Hartung began in 2009 serving the youth of Placer County and surrounding areas. The student musicians range in age from 8 years old through college. Their three-fold mission is to serve the community, collaborate with local performing arts groups, and develop excellent and well-rounded professional level musicians.

The event will start at 8 p.m. and include a pasta dinner, no-host bar, Champagne/sparkling cider toast, silent auction, photo booth and dancing. Tickets are available for $60 and can be purchased at swingsalute.com. For more information, email moonlightswing@yahoo.com.