The Dutchtown High School Jazz Ensemble is swinging into spring with a Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction on March 12 at the school’s cafetorium.

The event, set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include jazz classics played by students musician while a chicken and sausage jambalaya meal is served.

“Our jazz band performs a variety of music and styles, from rock and funk, to swing and big band,” said Daniel Modenbach, assistant band director. “We have a big band-style instrumentation, with saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drum set, guitar and bass guitar. The students are looking forward to sharing what they have learned about jazz improvisation, different jazz styles and different jazz artists.”

Meals may be purchased online at www.dutchtownsound.com/jazzbrunch at a discounted price of $8 or at the event for $10.

All proceeds go toward the Dutchtown High School band organization and serve as a critical fundraiser to support its participation in football games, competitions and other activities, which often involve travel, props, meals, uniforms and other costs, event organizers said in a news release.

“We usually have an annual Dutchtown Marching Band Competition in the fall, but we were unable to host the event last year because of a scheduling conflict,” said Sheily Bell, band director. “So this jazz brunch will be a fun and important way for us to make up such a crucial part of our fundraising efforts while giving the students a chance to show off their talents and bring the community together.”

A silent auction will include items and services donated by local businesses and residents.