Every spring a fundraiser is held for Payson Junior High’s amazing band. It is themed to follow Glenn Miller from Europe in WWII. This years was decked out, complete with flag decorations, carnival cutouts, and desserts fit for a king. There was swing dance, big band songs, and a few piano pieces. The vibes were great, and the music was, too.
Payson Junior High’s band teacher, Mrs. Erickson directs this salute to old school music. All the while Boyd Erickson serves as MC. They are both lively, and all together put on a great show. They played over a dozen songs, featuring solos from each talented musician.
The band was dressed to fit the part, as were the swing dancers, making the event so realistic the front door seems to be a time machine. The dancers even supplied an old school dance lesson to anyone. Grabbing their family, and friends to dance along, the swing dancers were now half of the crowd. There was not a dull face, or a frown left.
PJHS faculty, custodians, and administration support and supervised the event. Jennifer Braithwaite did a wonderful job with the food arrangements. Deb Boschard elegantly decorated the tables. Students served as very well-dressed waiters. Even some parents helped, such as Juliet Preston, who played a beautiful piano. It is an amazing event for Payson Junior High. From the riveting music, to the carnival cutouts, and the overall feeling of being in a different time, it is unlikely to disappoint.