Cuban Heels, Ranger and the Re-Arrangers play band trip fundraiser

Two Bainbridge Island jazz bands, Cuban Heels and Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, will performing at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Rolling Bay Hall to raise money to send Bainbridge High School student musicians to Cuba over Spring Break 2020.

“High school students will be sitting in during the show, providing an opportunity for our talented local students to perform in public with excellent local bands,” said Cross Cultural Journeys’ Leif Utne, the slated trip’s leader.

The Bainbridge High School Band Boosters are sponsoring this educational trip to Cuba for high school music students interested in jazz, Utne said.

Tickets, $40 each, are on sale now via, listed as “BHS Band Boosters Fundraiser (Kids in Cuba) with Ranger and the Rearrangers [sic] and the Cuban Heels.”

Visit the event page at for more information.

The trip is scheduled for April 4 to April 12, and the students will explore the roots of Cuban music, art and culture.

They will get a chance to participate in music classes; rehearsals; as well as private and public concerts with Cuban musicians.

The slated journey will begin in historic Santa Clara, and continues to the colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, before arriving in Havana for a five-day musical and cultural exchange.