Night includes live music, dinner and silent auction to benefit middle school music program

The Cabrillo Middle School Music Department is excited to be holding – once again – their annual fundraising event on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta in Ojai. The event features live music, dinner and a silent auction. All funds raised benefit the school’s music program.

This will be the first time the annual event is being held in two years due to COVID-19. Parent coordinators, the music program’s leadership and student musicians alike are more than excited about being able to hold and participate in this event again.

This event has always been an important event for our program both from a fundraising standpoint and just a super fun event be able to showcase the students’ hard work,” said Cabrillo Middle School Music Director, Mr. Mario Boccali. “All the groups – professional and student – are delighted to perform, especially after COVID which put a lot of groups off the stage for so long.”

Attendees will be able to listen to jazz music from both student and professional groups including Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band A, The Thatcher School’s Jazz Ensemble, Ventura High School Jazz Band and professional jazz musicians including Sean Riddle, Josh Jones and Andrew Chermak.

The Music Department at Cabrillo Middle School is directed by Mr. Mario Boccali and Mr. Gabriel Garnett and works to bring together music-making and the academic learning of music in the areas of composition, performance, music history and music theory. The department offers a variety of ensembles for every student – from those who have never played an instrument to those who enter the program with years of experience. Students learn music fundamentals and how to work hard and succeed as a group to produce great results. The program aims to provide a positive and fun environment where music students have the opportunity to participate in clinics with music professionals and perform at music festivals and other fun events throughout the community. The school’s top groups perform at nationally adjudicated festivals each year on the annual Spring Tour.

An all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, the Cabrillo Music Boosters serves to support Cabrillo Middle School’s vibrant award-winning music program. The Music Boosters’ primary function is to support the music program in several ways, the most important being fundraising. The CMS Boosters help to pay for new instruments, uniforms, new sheet music, music tutors for beginning band students, and transportation expenses for festival performances. To donate to or learn more about the program, go to:

The event which is open to the public runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ticket price is $35 in advance, at $40 at the door. Admission includes dinner, music and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at

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