Notes to play at Mardi Gras celebration
The Swing Notes, a popular regional band, will play at the 1st St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 6th at the Cottonwood Community Center.
The band has about 30 members from the Lewiston-Clarkston valley and other nearby locations. Wendy Lindsley, vocals, joins the other members who play piano, sax, trumpet, drums, bass, trombone and guitar. Their specialty is swing and jazz music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Their musical influences include Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey.
Originally the group was known as the Gentlemen of Note. They began playing in the early 1960’s, but have reformed and added new members. Not all members play at each event, but since they have numerous musicians on each instrument they produce a wonderful sound like the big band sounds of yesteryear.
They will play during the social hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again during the dinner from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. “We’re delighted the Swing Notes will be playing for us. They have such a good reputation for playing familiar songs with their own special style,” said Jim May, SMHC Development Director. “After they are done playing we’ll switch to a more contemporary sound with Keith Havens, DJ, playing lots of different types of songs that anyone and everyone can dance to. It will be nice to have two different musical formats.”
Also lined up for the night’s entertainment is a Funny Money Casino, silent and oral auctions, a no host bar and a dinner of chicken cordon bleu, Prairie Approved Jambalaya and a fresh salad prepared by Nancy Arnzen. Dessert will feature a special Mardi Gras cake created by pastry and cake specialist, Stephanie Burnside.
Ticket prices are $25/person and $45/couple. Only 250 advance tickets will be sold for the evening’s event. They can be purchased at the reception desk at SMH; each of the SMH clinics in Cottonwood, Nezperce, Kamiah and Craigmont; US Bank, Cottonwood Branch; and the Cottonwood Community Credit Union. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 962-2327 or 962-8052. Credit Card payments will be accepted by phone. Ticket requests and checks may also be mailed to SMHC Foundation, PO Box 137, Cottonwood, ID 83522
For those who want to join the celebration a bit later in the evening $10 tickets can be purchased at the door after 8:30 p.m. for the dancing and casino.