By A.J. Collins
Special to the Rappahannock News
Enjoy fun musical performances, good all-you-can-eat food, and great community camaraderie?
If so, the Sixth Annual Panther Band Coffee House may be for you!
The Coffee House, which is Saturday (March 19) at Rappahannock County Elementary School, will feature performances from the Rappahannock County High School Jazz Band, as well as the Gold Top County Ramblers, Robert Glasker and Friends, former Rappahannock County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Chappell, and other local musicians.
Coffee will be provided by Central Coffee Roasters located in Sperryville.
The primary purpose of the event, according to RCHS band director David DeBoer, is to raise funds for upcoming ventures of the RCHS band.
“We’d like to use ticket sales and donations to assist with our upcoming trip to Myrtle Beach,” DeBoer said, “where our jazz, marching, and concert bands will be competing. We need these funds to help offset costs, including transportation and meals.”
That competition, occurring from March 31 to April 2, will feature the RCHS marching band parading down Ocean Boulevard, with the judging taking place at Myrtle Beach High School.
“Although we are competing against some bigger schools,” DeBoer noted, “our students have been working hard to prepare and are doing very well so far.”
Additionally, funds raised will go towards band camp and other fall competitions for the county’s young musicians.
The Coffee House will be primarily student-served, with faculty and parents assisting in the effort.
“We have a setup crew, dinner servers, a stage crew, and a kitchen crew planned,” DeBoer explained. “The entire band will be involved.”
Tickets cost $25 for general admission and $5 for students. That price includes an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner, complete with salad, bread, dessert, and drinks, and two raffle tickets for door prizes, including gift certificates to local businesses, an oil change from B&B, a ceramic trivet, homemade candleholders from Scott Schlosser’s RCHS woodshop, and many more fabulous items.
“Most importantly, the event is to bring together the local musical community to perform in a relaxed environment,” DeBoer stated.
Doors will open at 5, and the event will end at approximately 9. Tables are going fast, so be certain to make reservations at the Hair Gallery in Little Washington or through Theresa Caporuscio (540-937-7841) or Jan Makela (540-675-1373).
DeBoer championed the event, adding, “It’s a great way to see what people do in the Rappahannock community for the arts.”