submitted by Suz Ryan
Sizzling, syncopated Latin beats and a dance floor of samba-stepping feet returned to Burbank Saturday evening September 7th at the John Burroughs High School outdoor amphitheater for the 3rd annual John Burroughs Instrumental Music Association’s Salsa under the Stars live music and dance concert.
After a toe-tapping warm up set by the JBHS Jazz Combo, State Assemblymember Mike Gatto introduced the event by presenting certificate honors to members of the JBHS Instrumental Music Association for their contributions and dedication to musical excellence in the Burbank community, most notably the continued efforts of JBHS Music Director Tana Barnett.
Professional dance lessons were offered by former Burroughs alumna Linda Shoemake. Then full sets of Latin flavored jazz standards were arranged and performed by the JBHS Jazz Ensemble.
Over 300 Latin jazz and salsa fans and dance couples enjoyed the event, which was generously underwritten in part by the Arturo Sandoval Institute and former Burbank mayor Marsha Ramos, also a Burroughs High School alumna. The money raised goes towards supporting the instrumental music program.
The weather was perfect. The music was great. It was a beautiful evening under the stars.