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`Big Band Greatest Hits` January 13
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Cocoa Beach`s `The Music Church` Swings in the New Year
 
(Cocoa Beach, FL) December 31, 2018 — Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach continues the 10th Anniversary Season of its Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series by swinging in 2018 with Big Band Greatest Hits, a free concert at 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 13th at 3400 N. Atlantic Avenue (A1A). Big Band Greatest Hits will feature the Swingtime Band, under the direction of saxophonist, Art Martin, who has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie and The Platters. Popular vocalist Len Fallen, along with Sally Hart, best known for her time on The Lawrence Welk Show, will be singing a treasure trove of favorites during Big Band Greatest Hits. Adding to the authentic sound will be The Swingtimers, a vocal trio with Connie Maltby, Diana Sageser and Dave Hutson, performing ``Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,`` “April in Paris” and “Birth of the Blues” in the tight harmony style reminiscent of Manhattan Transfer. Known as The Music Church, Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach presents free concerts as part of the Dr. Vernon Boushell concert series, a musical legacy dedicated to uplifting the people of Brevard. A free ticket for the concert can be reserved online at www.RiversidePres.org or by calling 321-525-7825.

Riverside Presbyterian Church concert producer, Mason Gibson knows Big Band Greatest Hits will be a crowd-pleaser at The Music Church.

“The free tickets go very quickly for this annual concert,” said Gibson. “People just love the energetic Big Band sound of Swingtime. Because of their popularity, we suggest folks reserve their free tickets before they`re all gone.”

Each concert included in the Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series is of an enduring and uplifting nature, performed with affection for the people of Brevard. For a schedule of concerts at The Music Church, please visit www.RiversidePres.org or call 321-525-7825.

The Swingtimers Trio will be performing with the Swingtime Band during `Big Band Greatest Hits` on January 13 at Riverside Presbyterian-- The Music Church-- in Cocoa Beach. For a free ticket, call 321-525-7825. 

ABOUT ART MARTIN, CONDUCTOR  Swingtime Band Conductor Art Martin taught instrumental and vocal music for more than 40 years at the elementary, junior high, high school and college level. In November 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey International Association for Jazz Education for his service to jazz music education.

As a woodwind specialist, Art has performed with the Drifters, the Platters, Little Anthony, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Warren Covington Orchestra, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie and Don Braden, to name a few. He also conducted the Hackettstown Community Band in New Jersey and has adjudicated music festivals in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Florida. In addition to conducting Swingtime, Art is Executive Administrator for the Melbourne Municipal Band and Coordinator/Director of the band’s Summer Youth Program.

ABOUT THE SWINGTIME BAND  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. In addition to a full concert calendar, Swingtime provides several dances every year at the Melbourne Auditorium. The dances are popular events, appealing to both experienced swing and ballroom dancers as well as to folks who simply want to listen to a 20-piece Big Band. Tickets are required, and may be purchased for a nominal charge. For more information, visit the Melbourne Municipal Band website at www.mmband.net.

ABOUT THE SWINGTIMERS TRIO  Swingtimers Vocal Trio is made up of Connie Maltby, soprano, Diana Sageser, alto and baritone Dave Hutson, singing Big Band and Manhattan Transfer-style tight harmonies. Connie is a longtime Brevard vocalist who also performs with many other choral groups, including the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Chorale and Riverside Chamber Chorus. Dave Hutson, the group’s founder, also is a talented saxophonist, playing with Swingtime Band, Melbourne Municipal Band and Adagio Sax Quartet. Alto Diana plays percussion for the Melbourne Municipal Band and the Harbor City Dance Band.

ABOUT LEN FALLEN  Len Fallen started singing with the Swingtime Band in 1992. He comes to Melbourne after a career that took him through nightclubs and restaurants from New York to New Orleans and all over the country this side of the Mississippi. Len graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in Theatre Arts. Born and raised on the Mississippi River, his family has since gravitated over the years to New Orleans, with its wealth of music, art and great food. Although he loves to visit The Big Easy, Len’s home has been Melbourne for over 30 years now. During this time, he has played most of the major restaurants, parties and festivals throughout the area with jazz and blues groups. The Swingtime Band is his main focus now. Len has served on the Board of Trustees of the Melbourne Municipal Band for the last five years, helping plan for and direct the band’s continuing progress. Each performance is dedicated to the great people who make up his audience. As long as they keep coming out, Len says his plan is to “keep on entertaining them for as long as I can.”

ABOUT SALLY HART  Sally Hart is an American singer and was a featured performer on The Lawrence Welk Show television program. A graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU), Sally and BYU classmate Sandi Griffiths joined the The Lawrence Welk Show in 1968 as the singing act of Sandi & Salli. The duo was very popular on the show until late 1972, when Sally left to pursue a solo career on Broadway. On December 6, 1974, she married Clay Hart, a country singer who was on the Welk show from 1969 to 1975, and shortly afterwards she and Clay also started singing together professionally; often as opening acts for performers such as Red Skelton, Juliet Prowse and Mel Tillis. The Harts have also released several albums, owned a tote bag business—Get Sack—and have hosted their own show on The Nashville Network called Remodeling & Decorating Today. They also appeared in wraparound segments for reruns of the Welk Show on PBS and have toured the United States with their fellow Welk stars in the Forever Blowing Bubbles concert series. The Harts, who reside in Brevard County, keep a busy performing schedule including regular performances with several Central Florida bands and orchestras.

ABOUT THE DR. VERNON BOUSHELL CONCERT SERIES  Named in honor of the late Dr. Vernon Boushell, the concert series continues a musical legacy steeped in the sacred and classical repertoire. The free Sunday concerts are hosted by Riverside Presbyterian Church of Cocoa Beach, The Music Church, and incorporate many different forms of praise music. Whether classical, contemporary, traditional, folk, sacred or popular, the music of the Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series is of an enduring and uplifting nature, performed with affection for the people of Brevard. For a complete schedule of the 10th Anniversary Season at The Music Church, please visit www.RiversidePres.org or call 321-525-7825.

ABOUT RIVERSIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH  Long known for its musical outreach, Riverside Presbyterian Church of Cocoa Beach endeavors to grow its membership through evangelism, worship, hospitality, deeds and service. They encourage each church member’s personal journey of commitment and service by providing a basic foundation for understanding the Bible, theology and Church history. They seek opportunities for growth through education, mentoring, service, fellowship, and mission. More information about Riverside Presbyterian Church, The Music Church, may be found on their website at www.RiversidePres.org or by calling 321-783-6085.

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