Smith-Cotton High School will be the site of the annual Big Band Dance on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

"It's going to be good desserts, good ice cream donated by Highland, brownies made by our parents and students, but really what we've got is some great jazz, played by our Smith-Cotton high school and junior high students," said Grant Malady, director of bands for Sedalia 200. "The kids take the stuff they've been working on all year, and we perform that."

The Kansas City Swingers dance club and organization will provide dance instruction during the Big Band Dance. "It's really a great chance for people to get out," said Malady. "If they already know how to swing dance, or if they want to come out and learn, this is a great opportunity for them to do that for a low price."

Tickets to the Big Band Dance are $5. They can be purchased in advance at Smith-Cotton High School, or can be purchased at the door the night of the dance.

"If you're looking for a good date night, on a Friday night in Sedalia, this is a pretty good one," said Malady. "You can get out, and you can dance, and have a cool opportunity you just don't get a lot without going into the city. It's definitely family-friendly. If folks want to bring kids, they can. If they want to leave kids at the sitter and come, they can do that, too."

There will also be silent auction during the Big Band Dance. Items up for bid will include Chiefs tickets, Silver Dollar City tickets, items donated from local businesses, baskets, and an American Girl doll.

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