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A ‘souper’ time helps benefit the MAHS Band Boosters

Posted 2/6/19

By Mitch Carson

Special to the Press & Journal

The Middletown Area High School Jazz Band hosted its 7th annual Souper Saturday on Feb. 2 at the school.

Souper Saturday is a fundraising …

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A ‘souper’ time helps benefit the MAHS Band Boosters

Posted

By Mitch Carson

Special to the Press & Journal

The Middletown Area High School Jazz Band hosted its 7th annual Souper Saturday on Feb. 2 at the school.

Souper Saturday is a fundraising event put on by the Middletown Area High School Band Boosters. Every year on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, the Middletown High School Jazz Band comes together to perform for the public. Soup and salad are served along with the musical stylings of both the Jazz Band and select singers.

Until this year, it only featured the jazz ensemble. However, the event grew this year to include selections from Disney’s “Planes,” Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson, performed by the concert band. From the auditorium, guests moved to the cafe for dinner music.

Middletown Area High School band director Samuel Fisher said he is deeply blessed and honored to be part of the students’ lives and fostering music in them.

“Our concerts and everything the band participates in are community events. For an event like Souper Saturday, it is nice to see the kids dress down for the theme by wearing their football jerseys to support their favorite teams,” he said.

Fisher said that “jazz is the only truly American art form. Everything we know now came from the music of jazz. What a lot of people don’t know is that jazz is the only form of music that came from America.”

When asked about setting the mood for an audience, Fisher said, “We set the mood through the repertoire, and playing music that people like to hear, and our band boosters do the same by putting in all the hours and their time to make an event like this successful.”

He added: “Music is essential and speaks to human existence. Students learn to express themselves through the form of music. Music teaches the soul; it can’t be measured by a test score, and is essential to existence.”

Fisher thanked the co-chairwomen for Souper Saturday, Denise McGovern, Deb Fischer and Diana Keyser, and the entire band booster association.