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Grab your sweetheart and head to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology next weekend. 

Mines student musicians will host the Sweetheart Dinner & Dance from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the SD Mines Music Center in Rapid City.

Tickets are $50 and available at The deadline to buy tickets is Sunday.

The evening will include a four-course meal and dessert bar, while jazz and choral students from Mines perform Big Band era music, including fan favorites like "In the Mood," "Sing Sing Sing," "Embraceable You" and "Fanfare for the Common Man." 

“This is very nostalgic music that many people know and love,” Haley Armstrong, director of bands at Mines, said in a release. “To hear it live performed by such a talented group of young musicians will be a real treat.”

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Proceeds from the event will benefit music scholarships at Mines, and range from $500 to $3,000. Currently, 235 of the 2,778 students at Mines participate in its music programs.

Armstrong said two years ago, the department could only offer eight scholarships; last year, that number doubled to 16. Next year, the school hopes to award 25. 

Students will serve the meal along with performing, which Armstrong said is an effort to get them even more involved in philanthropy. 

“I think it’s important for students to be part of the philanthropy,” Armstrong said. “It’s a chance to instill the spirit of giving in our students.”

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