On May 21, at Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta in Ojai, a fund-raiser was held for the Cabrillo Middle School Music Department. The night included live music, dinner and a silent auction to benefit the award-winning middle school music program.
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. It was attended by hundreds who enjoyed the great Italian food and music. They listened 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.
“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.”
The program provides 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.
To donate to or learn more about the program, go to: https://sites.google.com/view/cabrillomiddleschoolmusic/.