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Release Date Thursday, January 31, 2019

Mines Music Department Presents a Big Band Era Event

RAPID CITY, SD (Jan. 31, 2019) – Student musicians from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will perform Big Band era music during the Sweetheart Dinner & Dance Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at the SD Mines Music Center.  

Proceeds from the event will benefit music scholarships at Mines.  

The Sweetheart Dinner & Dance will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and include a four-course meal, dessert bar and music performances by both jazz and choral students at Mines. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here. Deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, Feb. 10. Last year’s concert sold out, so people are urged to purchase early.  

“Last year we had a terrific sold out event with great food and amazing music. This year we’ve added a second show, more exciting music and wonderful food. It is going to be a fantastic event, showing off just how talented our students are,” says SD Mines Director of Bands Haley Armstrong.  

The goal of the dinner is not only to entertain, but to engage students in the philanthropic efforts to increase the number of music scholarships offered by the Music Department. Students will serve the meals as well as perform. Armstrong said two years ago, 16 SD Mines students received music scholarships. Last year, 30 students received music scholarships and they hope to keep growing the program. Music scholarships range from $200 to $3,000, said Armstrong. Currently, more than 200 of the 2,654 students at Mines are involved in its music programs.  

“I think it’s important for students to be part of the philanthropy,” said Armstrong. “It’s a chance to instill the spirit of giving in our students.”  

Media is invited to a rehearsal from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Music Center on campus. Armstrong will be available for interviews.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, 605-394-2554, Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu

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