School bands unite for benefit

Jazz for Meals (on Wheels)

Mar 13, 2014
Belfast Area High School, which with Medomak Valley has participated every year thus far, brings vocalists as well as its jazz band to Jazz for Meals.

Owls Head — Jazz For Meals, a benefit concert for MCH Meals on Wheels, will take place Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, Route 73.

This annual event showcases high school jazz bands from across the Midcoast including Medomak Valley High School, Camden Hills Regional High School, Belfast Area High School and Oceanside High School, the latter joining the concert line up for the first time this year. The students will play selections from the Big Band era to more contemporary pieces for this cabaret-style performance.

Admission for Jazz for Meals is by donation with a suggested amount of $10 per person, which includes access to the transportation museum’s exhibits. Admission is free for everyone 18 and younger. Jazz for Meals is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

Jazz for Meals is the final event in MCH’s March for Meals campaign to raise awareness and funding for its Meals on Wheels program serving seniors in Knox County, one of the oldest counties in the oldest state in the United States. March for Meals is a national program sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

MCH Meals on Wheels nourishes the whole person, delivering the only meal many seniors will eat all day, as well as a daily safety check. Meals on Wheels participants are independent Mainers who want to continue living in their homes for as long as possible. Without Meals on Wheels, many would have to move into assisted living or nursing homes. A recent study showed that one year of Meals on Wheels costs the same amount as six days in a nursing home — or just one day in the hospital.

“I like all the vegetable dishes Meals on Wheels brings me and the sense of security,” said Linda Wirtz of Washington. “I know someone is going to look in on me everyday.”

Meals on Wheels is part of the MCH safety net of services that provides affordable housing, transportation and aging-in-place services designed to keep seniors and people with disabilities healthy and living in their own homes. MCH is Making Community Happen, one individual at a time.

For more information about Jazz For Meals, contact Ann Parent at 542-7644.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Camden Hills Regional High School joined Jazz for Meals for the first time in 2012.
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