Music and Meatballs to showcase Masuk’s talented young musicians

Masuk music students perform during Music and Meatballs in 2020.

MONROE, CT — The Masuk Music Parents Association (MMPA) is hosting its 36th annual Music and Meatballs in the Masuk High School cafeteria this Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Those who attend will dine on ziti and meatballs, garlic knots and salad from Dave’s Planet Pizza of Norwalk, while supporting the Masuk High School music program. Food will be served until 8 p.m.

Dinners are $15 per person via cash/check and $16 via Showtix. There is a $50 family price for two adults and two children.

Every meal includes ice cream, sweets from a dessert table, coffee, soda or water.

Diners should expect to see many performances from the Masuk band, orchestra, and choir ensemble. There will also be a short performance from the musical theater department’s upcoming musical, “footloose”.

“I love the fact that this gives the kids a chance to perform more of a solo opportunity, but in a relaxed environment. So, the kids get to really be the star, but they’re not on stage and it’s comfortable for them to step out and be independent in their solo work,”said Choir Director Margaret Chaves.

The previous Music and Meatballs was hosted in February of 2020, prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. This year will include all new musical participants and a new group of MMPA parents.

“I think it’s going to be pretty much the same. The kids really missed it and are excited to have this amazing opportunity to perform again,”said Band teacher Michael Ances.

The money that is made during the event will go to the music and drama departments as well as the colorguard. It will be used to offset the cost of field trips, equipment, the senior recital and other various classroom resources.

The MMPA also hosts an annual scholarship opportunity. Two $500 scholarships will go to kids pursuing degrees in music or fine arts. The MMPA also hosts the can and bottle drive.

“Music and Meatballs is an important fundraiser for the Masuk Music Department. Aside from raising money, it is a fun night which brings the whole Masuk Music Community together,” said co-chair Liz Daly.

Gift baskets donated by local merchants and families will be raffled off in between performances. Additionally, some big ticket items include a big screen TV, Xbox, Playstation 5 and other electronic items.

“The talent that you will see at this event is just phenomenal,” Chaves said. “We really have some great kids performing some wonderful music and they would love to have an audience supporting them.”

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