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Melbourne Municipal Band and Swingtime to Honor Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary with Two Space-themed Concerts
11th Jul 2019 Melbourne Municipal Band and Swingtime to Honor Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary with Two Space-themed Concerts
MELBOURNE, Fla., June 21, 2019 – The Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) and its Big Band ensemble, Swingtime, will each salute the historic July 1969 walk on the Moon with two separate concerts that feature space-themed music.

“Jazz in Space,” on July 17 and 18, features the jazz and Big Band sounds of MMB’s Swingtime ensemble, under the direction of Conductor Art Martin. Some of the music selections include How High The Moon, Moondance, It`s only a Paper Moon, Come Fly with Me, and Fly Me To The Moon, which will feature Martin on tenor sax. Vocalists Len Fallen, Sally Hart, and the Swingtimers Vocal Trio will perform.

“Fly Me to the Moon,” on July 31 and August 1, features the MMB concert band under the direction of Conductor Staci Rosbury. The program has been designed to evoke the hope, drama and spirit of space exploration, with music selections such as Mars, from Holst’s The Planets, The Right Stuff, Into Moonlight’s Mist, Apollo Marchand the Suite from Star Wars Epic Parts 1 and 2. Fly Me to the Moonwill also be featured in this concert. It was the first music heard as Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface and played Sinatra’s rendition on a portable cassette player. The MMB Summer Youth Band will be special guest performers at this concert.

“The band was founded in 1965, as the Apollo program was close to embarking on its first flight and our nation was captivated by space,” said Dave Hutson, president of the MMB Board. “These two concerts are the MMB’s way of honoring everyone who played a part in the Apollo program – whether they worked at NASA, were part of the many support teams, or local residents who cheered every launch and splashdown.”

Both events are part of the MMB’s annual Not-in-the-Park summer concert series, where attendees can bring a picnic dinner to enjoy in air-conditioned comfort. Tables are set up for dining, with seats at the front of the auditorium for those who prefer traditional concert seating. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the concert.

Call 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org 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.