The Fontainebleau High School Jazz Band, one of 12 from across the country invited to a prestigious band competition in Georgia, will publicly preview its program during a two-hour benefit performance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Jazz Hall, 433 Lamarque St., in Mandeville.
The FHS Jazz Ensemble One, under the direction of Lee Hicks, will be joined by several guest musicians.
Admission is $10 at the door and all proceeds will go toward defraying travel expenses to the ninth Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition and master class workshops March 25-28 in Savannah, Georgia.
The annual high school jazz competition is produced by the Savannah Music Festival, in conjunction with Swing Central Jazz.
During the Dew Drop concert, the band will showcase the three competitive pieces and be joined by guest musicians Richard Leveille on saxophone; Erik Morales on trumpet; Jeff Albert on trombone; Michael Lemmier on piano and keyboard and Dan Caro on drums.
Members of the Fontainebleau jazz band are Kevin Drez and Stephanie Lee, piano; Victor Morales, guitar; Andre Migliore, bass; Jesse Bertucci, drums; Terra Harris and Joseph Cangelosi, percussion; Matthew Braselman, Cameron Field, Colton Scariano, Will Fitterer and Canon Henton, saxophone; Ford Lambert, Sam Ducote, Dustin Hunt, Emmett Racine and Blake Gonzales, trombone; and Clark Lambert, Brian Maassen, Duncan Perez, Nathan Sheffield, Lee Lambert and Connor White, trumpet.