Swingtime Jazz Band Prepares For Concerts

By  //  January 7, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Swingtime Jazz Band and special guest, the Melbourne Community Orchestra, will present The Cool Sounds of Swingtime this week to help welcome a new year.

The Swingtime Jazz Band and special guest the Melbourne Community Orchestra will present The Cool Sounds of Swingtime concerts Jan. 8 and 9 at the Melbourne Auditorium.(Image courtesy Melbourne Municipal Band)

The concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd. in Melbourne.

There is no charge for the concert and tickets are not required.

The combined groups, under the direction of Art Martin, will play a variety of popular jazz tunes, among them Fly Me to the Moon, Tijuana Brass Medley, Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart, and Doin’ Basie’s Thing. Popular local vocalist Sally Hart will be featured.

“This is the third year that we have performed this concert in conjunction with the Melbourne Community Orchestra,” said Martin. “Our audience members have really enjoyed this collaboration and we look forward to other joint creative ventures with them in the future.”

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.

The Melbourne Municipal Band was established in 1965. It 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 more than 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.

For information about the upcoming concerts, call 321-724-0555 or visit http://www.melbournemunicipalband.org./


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