Arts and Entertainment

Marysville Kiwanis Scholarship Concert on March 30

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Kiwanis Club invites you to a special benefit concert featuring young Marysville artists and some of Seattle's jazz recording artists, while raising funds for student vocational-technical scholarships.

The Kenneth J. Ploeger Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship Concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium, located at 5611 108th St.

The scholarship fund was named by the Ploeger family in memory of Ken, a longtime dedicated Kiwanis member, retired Navy electronics technician and city of Marysville employee who believed in the value of scholarships for students entering a vocational trade or career. Ploeger passed away in August of 2007.

The evening's talent includes performances by the Marysville Jazz Bands and a lineup of guests including the Eastern Washington University Jazz Band, led by conductor and trombonist Rob Tapper, vocalist Kristina Ploeger and Sonja Sarr, Marysville teacher and jazz pianist.

This year they’ll be sharing the billboard with a trio of Seattle jazz recording artists — Bill Anschell on piano, Brad Boal on drums and Chuck Deardorf on bass.

"I don't remember a time when Marysville has had this much jazz talent come together for a single performance, so this is sure to be a spectacular night for a great cause," said Penny Ploeger, Kiwanis concert coordinator and Ken's widow. "The scholarship fund is a way that our family gives back to the community in Ken's honor by helping young people on their first steps toward a meaningful career. We hope you'll join us for an amazing night of music."

The concert will benefit Marysville students for a technology or skills scholarship for classes or community college credits that prepare them for employment in the public sector.

You may purchase tickets at the door. Prices are $10 or donation, and kids under 12 get in free. Donations of canned goods or other non-perishable food items for the Marysville Community Food Bank would also be appreciated. For more information call 360-653-3646.

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