Swingtime Pays Tribute to Three Big Band Composers During July 19 and 20 Concerts
11th Jul 2017 Swingtime Pays Tribute to Three Big Band Composers During July 19 and 20 Concerts
Attendees can bring a picnic dinner to enjoy in air-conditioned comfort

MELBOURNE, Fla., June 20, 2017 – Swingtime will pay tribute to three composers known for their Big Band and jazz music on July 19 and 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd. There is no charge for the concert and tickets are not required. Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.

Charlie Almeida will be the guest conductor for The Tribute to Nestico, Wolpe and Prince concert. Sammy Nestico, a composer and arranger of Big Band music, is best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra. Dave Wolpe, another Big Band composer, has scored dozens of arrangements for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The arrangements of Dr. Bill Prince span different genres of music.

Vocalists for the concert are Kaimi Lucker, vocal coach at The Henegar, and Hank Rion, artistic director at The Henegar. Music selections include Sammy Nestico’s arrangement of “The Continental,” made famous in the 1934 film, The Gay Divorcee, and the first song to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song; a Bill Prince medley of Herb Alpert tunes; and Dave Wolpe’s Big Band version of the “Stars and Stripes Forever,” which will feature Overda Stonerock on piccolo.
Almeida’s music career had its start in junior high school, where he played the clarinet in the school band. It continued throughout his many years of military service in the U.S. Army, where he was the Associate Conductor of the U.S. Army Field Band and a founder of what is today the Army Jazz Ambassadors; and in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a member of The Airmen of Note.

After retiring in 1972, Almeida returned to a full-time performance schedule. This included recordings with the Baltimore and National Symphonies, performances at the National Theater, Kennedy Center Wolf Trap Farm, and Ford Theater; backing up stars such as Bob Hope, Diane Warrick, Milton Berle, and Frank Sinatra; and several Inaugural Balls and many Broadway musicals. Almeida moved to Melbourne in 1983 and began playing with the Melbourne Municipal Band in 1986.

The event is the second of the Melbourne Municipal Band’s annual summer “Not-In-The-Park” picnic concerts. Instead of traditional concert seating, long tables will be set up to enable a `dinner and show` experience in air-conditioned comfort, and audience members can bring along their picnic dinners. For those who prefer not to dine, regular seating will be available at the front of the auditorium. Drinks, ice and snacks will be available for purchase.

Swingtime is the 20-piece Big Band ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal 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. Swingtime Lite is a smaller version of the full band.

Call 724-0555 or visit for more information.

About the Melbourne Municipal Band
The mission of the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB), established in 1965, is to bring free concerts to area residents and visitors, to promote music appreciation and education – particularly among young people – and to provide members of the band with an avenue for music performance and development. One-third of the band`s 80-plus members are professional musicians. In a typical year, the band serves 20,000 attendees, and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.