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The first Trivia Night Extravaganza, this Saturday at the Masonic Lodge, 622 S. Lincoln St., is open to trivia teams, individuals and spectators, with the $10-per-person admission going toward the Port Angeles High School Concert Band's April trip to Washington, D.C.
The band is slated to perform on the National Mall, compete in a music festival and visit the Smithsonian museums, promised band director Douglas Gailey.
“It's just a phenomenal experience,” he said, adding that many of the young musicians haven't traveled off the Peninsula before this trip.
Seeing the nation's capital — and performing beside the Lincoln Memorial — “opens their eyes to a whole new world,” Gailey said.
“I see kids who, in a week, grow in huge ways.”
As for Saturday's fundraiser, Gailey and the Port Angeles Band Boosters are putting together one lively evening.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the Port Angeles High School Jazz Band will play big-band classics while guests have pizza, snacks and drinks.
The trivia contests, covering movies, theater, music and history, will start at 7 p.m. with Andy Griffiths, former Wine on the Waterfront quiz-night host, as trivia master.
Griffiths — known for his sense of humor, British accent and commentary — is volunteering his time for this Trivia Night. It replaces the Band Boosters' Italian dinner, a fundraiser the group has held for years.
“It's time to mix things up a bit” and offer something new, said boosters President Mark Urnes.
Players can show up on their own, in couples or in small groups; hosts will form teams of six to eight as needed.
“The nice thing about a quiz night like this is it's team-based,” added organizer Claire Rausch.
“You might be the one person who knows the answer that helps your team win.”
The team that emerges as champion Saturday night will win $100 in cash; second place will win $75, and third $50.
And as with so many fundraisers, Trivia Night also will have auction items and drawings for prizes.
Sixty percent of money raised Saturday will go toward the band's travel to Washington, D.C. — each student must cover some $1,500 in trip costs — while the rest will be dedicated to scholarships for graduating seniors who have been in band for all four years of high school, Rausch noted.
Trivia Night presents “a great opportunity to support these kids,” she said. “They work hard.”
Those who want to support the Port Angeles High School band program may also send contributions to PAHS Band Boosters, P.O. Box 237, Port Angeles, WA 98362.