Blackfoot High School senior and trombonist Daniel Burt put on a benefit concert for Blackfoot Community Dinner Table Saturday evening at BPAC. It was also his Eagle Scout project.
By LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT â€“ The 125 people in the audience at the benefit concert for the Blackfoot Community Dinner Table on Saturday were treated to a fun evening filled with music from a wide spectrum of genre.
People donated 100 coats and $493.
â€śIâ€™m almost more excited about the coats,â€ť said dinner table organizer Elizabeth Fields. â€śOur stash of winter coats was getting down there.â€ť
Coats are in the front of the church as people come into the dinner.
â€śPeople pick up the coats as needed,â€ť Fields said. â€śItâ€™s never abused.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t know where [Daniel] got such a good idea,â€ť Fields said. â€śIâ€™m really excited.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m just excited to see people in the audience,â€ť Daniel said.
â€śHeâ€™s quite a guy,â€ť Blackfoot Community Dinner Table board member Lee Hammett said. â€śHis whole family is so talented and for the performers to share their talents is really something.
â€śIâ€™m humbled and thankful,â€ť Hammett said. â€śThatâ€™s what this community is. Itâ€™s not just money; itâ€™s presence.â€ť
The audience listened to a classical portion of the concert and a jazz portion. Pianist David Campbell performed two Rachmaninoff preludesâ€”Prelude in G major and Prelude in G# minor. Operatic soprano Diane Burt, Danielâ€™s mother, performed pieces in French, German, Czech and English. Daniel performed a Sonata for Trombone and Piano by Croatian composer Stjepan Sulek entitled â€śVox Gabriel,â€ť the voice of Gabriel.
A jazz sextet performed during the second half of the concert. The sextet members were Daniel on trombone; Morgan Gasca, bass; Weston Eriksen, drums; David Campbell from Idaho Falls, piano; Allen Tripp, trumpet and John Randall, tenor saxophone.
Daniel both sang and played his trombone on such jazz standards as â€śFrim Fram Sauce,â€ť â€śMy One and Only Love,â€ť â€śMy Funny Valentine,â€ť â€śStardust,â€ť â€śIâ€™m Beginning to see the Light,â€ť and â€śA Nightingale Sang in Barleley Square.â€ť Daniel sang the ballad, â€śThe Girl from Ipanema,â€ť in Portuguese and English.
â€śDaniel is the next Harry Connick Junior,â€ť a couple of audience members said.
Daniel chose a benefit concert for his Eagle project because â€śI wanted to do something to benefit the local community because I saw a lot of need here. "
The Community Dinner Table, which is sponsored this year by 17 faith communities in Blackfoot and Bingham County, provides a hot meal to those in need every Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 S. University in Blackfoot. The program began Oct. 26 and runs through March 29.
The Community Dinner Table started in 2008 and has since served more than 12,000 plates of food.