Concert-goers donate 100 coats

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.

BLACKFOOT – 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.
“I’m almost more excited about the coats,” said dinner table organizer Elizabeth Fields. “Our stash of winter coats was getting down there.”
Coats are in the front of the church as people come into the dinner.
“People pick up the coats as needed,” Fields said. “It’s never abused.”
“I don’t know where [Daniel] got such a good idea,” Fields said. “I’m really excited.”
“I’m just excited to see people in the audience,” Daniel said.
“He’s quite a guy,” Blackfoot Community Dinner Table board member Lee Hammett said. “His whole family is so talented and for the performers to share their talents is really something.
“I’m humbled and thankful,” Hammett said. “That’s what this community is. It’s not just money; it’s presence.”
The audience listened to a classical portion of the concert and a jazz portion. Pianist David Campbell performed two Rachmaninoff preludes—Prelude in G major and Prelude in G# minor. Operatic soprano Diane Burt, Daniel’s mother, performed pieces in French, German, Czech and English. Daniel performed a Sonata for Trombone and Piano by Croatian composer Stjepan Sulek entitled “Vox Gabriel,” 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 “Frim Fram Sauce,” “My One and Only Love,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Stardust,” “I’m Beginning to see the Light,” and “A Nightingale Sang in Barleley Square.” Daniel sang the ballad, “The Girl from Ipanema,” in Portuguese and English.
“Daniel is the next Harry Connick Junior,” a couple of audience members said.
Daniel chose a benefit concert for his Eagle project because “I 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.