Concert Admission Free; Dance Tickets Just $5 in Advance, $6 at the Door
MELBOURNE, FL, February 15, 2011 – Local jazz lovers and dancers alike can expect a springtime treat when the Swingtime Jazz Band presents its annual “Tribute to the Big Bands” concerts at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 and 17, and its “Swing Into Spring Ball” at 7 p.m. on March 18. Both the concerts and the dance will be held at the Melbourne Auditorium at 625 E. Hibiscus Avenue.
For the concerts, Swingtime Jazz Band Conductor Art Martin will lead the band through an upbeat program that features many of the most popular sounds of the Big Band era, including selections such as Tommy Dorsey’s “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone,” Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” and Benny Goodman’s “Let’s Dance.” Popular local vocalists Sally Hart and Len Fallen will sing during the concert.
The “Swing Into Spring Ball” will feature a variety of selections covering swing, waltz, polkas and Latin music – as well as the occasional rock tune. Sally Hart and Len Fallen also will sing. During the dance, the band auxiliary will have a concession table with snacks, soft drinks, bottled water and ice for sale. Tables can be reserved in advance for groups of six or more by calling the band office at 724-0555.
Those who would like to brush up on their dancing skills can do so from 6 to 7 p.m., when Laura Beers (www.adancersvoice.com or 751-4766) offers lessons. Cost is $5, payable to the instructor.
More information about these events and about the band is available by visiting www.mmband.org or calling 724-0555.
Swingtime, part of the Melbourne Municipal Band, is a 20-piece jazz band, playing music from the 1920s to the 1970s. The for-hire band features saxophones, trombones, trumpets, a piano, guitar, bass and trap set, along with two vocalists and a conductor/announcer.
About the Melbourne Municipal Band
The Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB), established in 1965, plays free concerts for the citizens of Brevard County nearly every month, and also contributes to the community through parades, patriotic concerts and ceremonial performances. Some 30 percent of the band’s 80-plus members are professional musicians. In a typical year, the band serves 69,000 concert attendees, and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.
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