TEMPLE TERRACE — Music can be magical. And for many who perform it, music is rooted deep within their psyche.
“We have music in our blood,” said Robin Jodoi, who through his longtime passion for the clarinet founded the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble. It began in 2009 with four musicians and has since grown to 40.
The Lutz resident also finds joy in being a member of the seven-piece Cypress Creek Dixieland Band.
“It’s toe-tapping, good-time music that’s fun and it just stays with you,” Jodoi said.
Those organizing All for the ARts, a first-of-its-kind musical presentation being held over two nights at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Omar K. Lightfoot Center, 10901 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace, hope those attending will feel the same way.
The event will be two nights of live music and vocal performances. The Dixieland band will play a medley of jazz tunes on Friday evening and the wind ensemble will showcase a series of concert sounds on Saturday. Adult and teen vocal talents from Masque Community Theatre will also take the stage during both performances.
Tickets are $10 per evening and may be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. All proceeds will benefit Masque and its mission to bring quality theatrical entertainment to the community.
“I hope people will come enjoy the music and support the continuing arts in Temple Terrace and throughout the Bay area,” Masque president Ruth Kegel said.
Glenn Weatherly, who met Jodoi through their involvement in both musical groups and whose wife and two daughters have been involved in productions with Masque, concurred.
“I’m a strong believer in helping each other out and I think the community will hear some really good music,” he said.
Krista McGee of Northdale, a longtime Masque member and performer, will be among the theater group’s vocalists. So will her daughters, Ellie, 13, and Emma, 15.
“I am a big fan of the arts and I think the arts should be supported by the community,” said McGee, both an English and musical theater teacher at Citrus Park Christian School. “Participating in the arts helps students thrive as adults.
“I started at Masque at 8 years old and it’s been a blast,” said the Temple Terrace resident. “I think it’s going to be fun to perform with the live bands and I think everyone will enjoy it.”
Thomas Gallogly, who also hails from Temple Terrace and is a senior at the Cambridge School in Tampa, has performed in a couple of Masque’s shows. His name also will be included on the playbill.
“I love what Masque stands for and for what it has done for me,” he said. “So I’m more than willing to be part of this event that will help spread the word about the arts throughout the community.”
For more information, call (813) 382-9915.
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