What if you could invest in something that would create connections, instill confidence, teach life skills, invite healthy community engagement, and give the most at risk in our society a place to belong and thrive? After 36 years of seeing lives changed through the power of learning, sharing and making music, the work done at the Manchester Community Music School is just that kind of investment.

On Tuesday, April 2, the music school will host its annual “Share the Music Gala.” Share the Music is a great way to invest in the work of the school as funds raised go toward programming and financial aid, making it possible for children and adults to access the music education and music therapy services they may otherwise not be able to afford. It is also an evening of celebration as MCMS looks back on the year and the lives touched by the school’s faculty, therapists, students and clients. Since its inception in 1983, MCMS has awarded more than $1.4 million in financial assistance to provide the highest-quality music education and music therapy services possible to anyone wishing to benefit from them regardless of their financial situation.

The gala's theme this year is “All That Jazz.” The evening will feature silent auctions, raffle items, hearty hors d’oeuvres and festive libations. Featured entertainment will be provided by the New Hampshire Youth Jazz Ensemble and internationally acclaimed Compaq Big Band. Silent auction items available for bid includes Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets, jewelry from Bellman’s Jewelers Inc., a Matt Brown woodblock print, and a Zulu Nyala photo safari trip.

Come and enjoy an evening out, maybe win some prizes, and help the Manchester Community Music School to change lives through the power of learning, sharing and making music.

"Share the Music" takes place at the Southern New Hampshire University Banquet Hall, 2500 N. River Road, Hooksett. To purchase tickets, call 644-4548, or visit www.mcmusicschool.org.

Special thanks to “Share the Music Gala” event sponsors: the Frederick Smyth Institute of Music, Eastern Bank, Colliers International, Curbstone Financial Management, Oracle, Catholic Medical Center, and Bellwether Community Credit Union.