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NBHS Parents’ Music Association to Host Fourth Annual Gala


On Saturday, March 3, the New Britain High School Parents’ Music Association will host the Fourth Annual “Gala of Great Food and Great Music” to raise funds for the NBHS Music Department. The gala will take place at the VFW Post Hall 511 at 41 Veterans Dr.

Proceeds from the gala will be used to purchase new custom costumes for the Madrigal Singers, support the Golden Hurricane Marching Band, refurbish instruments, and underwrite scholarships for graduating seniors. The New Britain High School Madrigal Singers performed their first Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste 40 years ago this past December and have been entertaining the community ever since. The Golden Hurricane Marching Band was founded in 1935 and has been an integral part of New Britain High School and the local community for 83 years.

“In the past three years, the PMA has raised funds to purchase 100 new uniforms for the NBHS Golden Hurricane Marching Band,” said PMA President Vincent Celentano. “As the Madrigal Singers just celebrated their 40th Madrigal Feaste, it is a perfect time to support their continued success while still assisting the Marching Band. Many of the Madrigal costumes are 20 years old and beyond repair. Our singers perform throughout the community and we want to keep them looking good.”

The 21-and-over event promises to be a fun night of good food, friends, and music. The evening will include a full-course buffet dinner of fine Italian Nouveau cuisine along with an open bar featuring wine and Alvarium beer. Music for dancing will be provided by DJ Joey Bags. A variety of prizes from area merchants also will be raffled off.

“We hope that the community, especially Madrigal and Band alumni, will come out to support the event and our music programs,” said Beth Mazadoorian, recording secretary of the PMA. “We have had great success in purchasing 100 uniforms for the Marching Band and now want to help our Madrigal Singers. We are so fortunate to have such a rich musical tradition in New Britain and we want to make sure that continues for years to come. The event always proves to be a fun night.”

Tickets to the gala are $35 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 860-989- 2159, or email at, in the main office of New Britain High School or online at keyword search NBHS. For those who cannot attend, donations will be accepted. Checks may be made payable to the NBHS PMA and mailed to New Britain High School, 110 Mill Street, New Britain, CT 06051.