Perhaps it was the mix of cool jazz and hot salsa that pushed aside the recent heat spell and made for a perfect late-summer evening as John Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Assn. presented its annual Salsa Under the Stars fundraiser last week.
Staged in the school's quad, the event gave students, parents and supporters the opportunity to spread out their blankets and enjoy home-packed picnics or dinner provided by Tacos Maximo, brush up on their salsa skills by taking a dance lesson with Linda Shoemake, and then use those freshly enhanced skills to dance to the music of the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble.
Sponsored by the Arturo Sandoval Institute and former Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos, the evening raised funds needed to keep the school's music program afloat.
“As the media capital, Burbank is a community that understands training in the arts not only sharpens the mind and fulfills the creative spirit, but can also lead to a career,” Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) told the assemblage before the evening of spicy salsa standards and swinging, syncopated sambas began.