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Swingtime Jazzes Up March with Concert and Dance Events
1st Mar 2019 Swingtime Jazzes Up March with Concert and Dance Events
MELBOURNE, FL, February 15, 2019 – Swingtime ushers in spring with two events that will showcase the jazz and Big Band sounds for which it is famous. Both will be held at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd.

Concert: On March 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. Swingtime will present “Boogie on Down,” a concert that pays tribute to the sounds of masters such as Benny Goodman, Marshall Brown, Jim Croce, Cab Calloway and Johnny Mercer – to name a few. Some of the song selections include Blues in the Night, Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Elmer’s Tune and Minnie The Moocher. Vocalists Len Fallen, Sally Hart and the Swingtimers, a vocal trio with Connie Maltby, Diana Sageser and Dave Hutson, will perform.

Doors open at 6:30 and pre-show entertainment will be provided by the New Horizons Band. There is no charge for the concert and tickets are not required.

“This concert will be dedicated to the memory of Joe Higdon, who passed away on January 21st, said Conductor Art Martin. “Joe was the drummer for Swingtime for more than 20 years.”

Dance: On March 15, beginning at 7 p.m., Swingtime will deliver an evening of toe-tapping tunes as it hosts its “Put a Spring in Your Step” dance. Vocalists Len Fallen and Sally Hart will perform. Tickets are $7 in advance at various outlets, or $10 at the door or online. The event is BYOB. Snacks and mixers will be available for purchase.

Tables for the dance can be reserved in advance for eight or more people by calling MMB Auxiliary President Marci Hutson at 321-339-7705. Advance tickets may be purchased in Melbourne at WMMB Radio and Genesis Boutique, at Marion Music in Palm Bay, Brass and Reed Music Center in Merritt Island, Guitar Haven in Indian Harbour Beach, and Ocean Sports World in Cocoa Beach.

Those who would like to brush up on their dancing skills can do so from 6 to 7 p.m., when Laura Beers offers lessons (www.adancersvoice.com or 751-4766). The fee for lessons is $5, payable to the instructor.

Call 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org for more information.

Swingtime is the 22-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.

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.