What started as a fundraiser for the Wilde Lake High School Band Boosters has evolved into much more in the past 11 years.
No longer is the annual Jazz at the Lake concert at the Jim Rouse Theatre just one of the boosters' largest fundraisers, it's become an attraction that draws international jazz legends to Columbia.
"This whole event speaks so much to so many different levels," said Lew Dutrow, longtime band director at Wilde Lake. "It's for our school, it's for our community, and it's for what it does for our band program to have these folks come right into our house and play."
Now in its 11th year, the Jazz at the Lake concert on Jan. 24 will welcome back Latin jazz great Paquito D'Rivera. D'Rivera previously performed at the 2009 event.
The show will open with performances from the 19-student Wilde Lake jazz ensemble, followed by a set from D'Rivera and his bandmates before students join D'Rivera on stage for an opportunity to play with the 12-time Grammy-winning saxophonist and clarinetist.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and advanced purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at instantseats.com/events/JimRouseTheatre. For more information on the show, contact WildeLakeJazz@gmail.com or call 410-997-2070.