Harborfields Honors Veterans at Jazz Cabaret Night


To honor the nation’s bravest, the district hosted its annual Jazz Cabaret Night on March 23, during which students and faculty members paid tribute to local veterans with a dessert reception and musical performances.

Members of the Harborfields High School Leadership Club greeted the more than 40 veterans and their invited guests as they arrived to the event. They helped serve those in attendance with a variety of desserts and refreshments while listening to stories and showing their gratitude to the veterans. Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School students contributed to the event by drawing pictures and writing cards to the veterans, which were displayed on each table.

To kick off the evening, Superintendent of Schools Diana Todaro afforded words of welcome, followed by Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Francesco Ianni calling up the students to introduce themselves. Giving due recognition, Dr. Ianni passed the microphone to each veteran who shared the branch of military they served.

Led by Clare Jackson, members of the high school’s voice ensemble performed the National Anthem, Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, among other selections. The high school instrumental jazz ensemble, under the direction of Daniel Bilawsky, also entertained the audience with a variety of musical numbers.

“We have created this event in dedication to all of our veterans within our community,” said Todaro.