WHS band hosts food truck festival

WHS’s Instrumental Music program is hosting its annual food truck festival at Conejo Creek Park on Sun., Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“The food truck festival is a major fundraiser for the [WHS] Instrumental Music Department as a whole—not just band, not just strings, but the whole department,” said band member Davis Thuillier ‘18.

Food trucks at the festival will include Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, It’s In the Sauce BBQ, Epic Tacos, Jersey Dogs, Uncle Chris’ Italian Ice, Tainamite, Rice Balls of Fire, Sweet Arleen’s, All American Softy, LA Panini Grill and Java Cat.

“It’s not just band kids and their families; … sometimes people [from] out of the state come, people out of the county, so it’s a [good] group,” said band member Haylee Mencarelli ‘19.
The festival features live music played by WHS’s Studio Jazz, Lab Jazz and Jazz Combo I, along with CSUN’s Jazz “A” Band and Jazz Combo.

“In addition to being a significant fundraiser for us—allowing us to go on trips and do some of the things that make this band program really great—the impact that it also has is it gives us another venue for us to perform,” said Thuillier. “It also gives students an opportunity to express their interest in the program to the people they know in the community when they’re selling tickets or just talking about the event.”

Aside from the food, there will be a bounce house, a giant slide and raffles.

“[The festival] makes the community more aware of what we’re doing here as a program by getting them out there … with the incentive of the food trucks [and] getting them to see some of the students and be encouraged to want to contribute to this amazing program we have here,” said Thuillier.

Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 on the day of the event; they can be purchased from band or orchestra members. Children can enter the festival for free. Ticket sale proceeds are direct donations to the program and each ticket counts as a raffle ticket. Food is not included in the ticket price.

“[The] live music is a really great time, but also … the food trucks [are] very interesting,” said Thuillier. “[It is fun] being able to hang out in a nice open space with your friends [and] family, maybe toss a frisbee around while you listen to good music and eat good food.”

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