Boosters fundraiser serves up the sweet sound of music

Lee Burneson Middle School Jazz Ensemble students perform during last year's Music a la Mode fundraiser. Photo by Christy Hooper

Want to enjoy a fun-filled day while supporting the music programs of Westlake City Schools? Come dig in to cake and ice cream and celebrate the musical ability of Westlake’s students at Music a la Mode on Saturday, May 9, in the Westlake Performing Arts Center.

The main fundraiser of Westlake Schools Music Boosters, this year's Music a la Mode marks the 60th anniversary of this daylong event, in which grades five through 12 show off their talent in choir, band and orchestra from 10:55 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Adults age 19 and older must purchase a wristband for $8 that allows them to come and go as they please. Proceeds are used by Music Boosters to benefit the music programs in the district. As the icing on the cake, these wristbands can be used to get complimentary cake and ice cream in the rotunda located beside the Performing Arts Center.

Apart from refreshments, the rotunda will feature live music by the Lee Burneson Middle School Jazz Band, WHS Jazz Ensemble I, two student bands, and a student pianist.

For more fun in the rotunda, you can try your luck by participating in a raffle or further support Music Boosters by purchasing Westlake Music spirit items.

If you are the parent of any younger students, be sure to visit the instrument petting zoo held by Skyline Music from 1-3 p.m. in the Red Brick Room off the rotunda. For $1, your child can try out a variety of band and orchestra instruments to find the perfect fit for them.

The performances that will go on throughout the day in the PAC auditorium include something new this year: a rousing rendition of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” sung by all fifth-12th grade choir students. The stage performances will close with the traditional “1812 Overture” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” played by the WHS Symphonic Band.

A full schedule of the day’s performances can be found at

Megan Smith

President Westlake Schools Music Boosters Chair Music a la Mode

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.05.2015