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Spring Swing Fling for the library

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Who: Malvern Swing Band and Jazz Choir

What: Whistler Public Library Fundraiser

Where: Nicklaus North Golf Course

When: Friday, April 18

Get into the swing of Spring with a jazz extravaganza performed by the touring Malvern Swing Band and Jazz Choir. Jump, jive and boogie under your Easter bonnet at the Whistler Public Library fundraiser full of food, fun and friends of all ages. The night will feature the 56-person band comprised of a 35-piece swing band and a 17-strong jazz and concert choir.

Malvern Swing Band and Jazz Choir hail from Malvern High School in west Toronto. The school is renowned for its high academic standards and successful sports teams, but is also fortunate to have a long history of excellence in the arts. Former graduates include film-maker Norman Jewison, opera star Teresa Stradas and the late, great Glen Gould. This year marks Malvern's 100th anniversary.

Arriving April 16, the large contingent of Grade 10-12 students will be billeted to local library supporters for three days. It will be the school’s second trip to Whistler since 1998, when they came out to perform at Musicfest Canada in Vancouver.

This large musical ensemble is led by Bill Mighton who teaches Music and French Immersion at the school and conducts at a variety of music camps and workshops, including the Canadian Brass Summer Institute held at the University of Toronto. Mighton is also director of music for the Band of The Royal Regiment of Canada, performing for the Queen, the Prince of Wales and numerous other dignitaries and Heads of State both in Canada and abroad.

The Spring Swing Fling will be held at The Den and Patio, Nicklaus North Clubhouse, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $35 per person, including appetizers, prizes, dancing, and an Easter bonnet parade. Call the Whistler Public Library for more information: 604-932-5564.

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