Austintown band hosts annual Jazz and Dessert fundraiser

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Members of the Austintown Fitch High School Jazz two ensemble directed by Wes O'Connor performed for community members at the annual Jazz and Dessert fundraiser Jan. 26.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Zoe and Amanda Zachi, along with Stacy Stebler, baked desserts for Austintown Fitch High School's annual Jazz and Dessert fundraiser.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Judy Hopper, a teacher at Austintown Fitch High School, volunteered to serve pie for Gardner Pie Company on Jan. 26 during the school's annual Jazz and Dessert event.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Fitch High School students and band members Alexis Bard and Jordyn Johnston enjoyed a multitude of desserts Jan. 26 at the annual Jazz and Dessert fundraiser event.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Ron and JoAnn Rosen, along with Becky Harker, enjoyed desserts and coffee while they listened to jazz music performed by Austintown students and alumni Jan. 26 at the annual Jazz and Dessert fundraiser.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Performers Jasamine Dahl and Amani Wadi-Ramahi performed for community members Jan. 26 at the annual Jazz and Dessert fundraising event.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Mercedes Santiago received first place Amateur Baker at Austintown Fitch High School's annual Jazz and Dessert event on Jan. 26.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Austintown alumni AnnaMaria Jadue sung "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" along with the Alumni Jazz band Jan. 26 during Fitch's annual Jazz and Dessert fundraiser.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Heather Lynn received first place profesional baker for the third year in a row at the Austintown Fitch High School Band's annual Jazz and Dessert fundraiser.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

The Austintown marching band hosted its annual Jazz and Dessert fundraiser on Jan. 26.

The event was organized by the Austintown Band Parents Club, chaired by president Brad Gessner.

“It’s a great event we do every year, the band gets a lot from it and the community always has a good time,” Gessner said.

During the event, both professional and amateur bakers set up displays throughout the AMS cafeteria.

Community members in attendance spend $6 to get 10 dessert samples, that they can choose from the variety of bakers.

Each roll of 10 samples also has three votes, one for best amateur baker and one for best professional baker, as well as one for best display, which are awarded at the end of the night.

While community members sample treats and vote, four Austintown based jazz bands perform.

The Austintown Middle School jazz band, high school jazz 1 and 2, as well as the Fitch Alumni Band performed during the almost three hour event.

The Fitch Alumni band featured a singing performance by Austintown Alumni and local performer AnnaMaria Jadue, who sang “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” accompanied by the band.

The event also featured a Chinese Bakery Auction, with treats donated by the contestants, and a Chinese Auction for an electric guitar and amplifier which were donated by Dan and Rick Barber of the Music Gallery.

“We are very grateful for the support we receive from the community, through donations and by showing up to events like this,” Gessner said.

Baker Heather Lynn received first place in the professional baker category for the third year in a row, for her heart shaped buckeyes.

Mercedes Santiago received first in the amateur baker competition, winning for her Amaretto cupcakes.

For more information on the Austintown band, including upcoming events, go to www.afband.org.

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