The music of love will take center stage as Swingtime presents its annual Sweetheart’s Ball dance on Friday, January 27, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd. Dance tickets are $7 in advance at various outlets, or $10 at the door or online.
Conductor Art Martin will lead the band in a variety of much-loved arrangements from masters such as Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Les Brown, and some Frank Sinatra songs. Popular local vocalists Sally Hart and Len Fallen will perform.
“We are encouraging people to get their tickets early, as this has been a hugely popular event for the past several years,” said Art Martin, Swingtime conductor. “We also want to remind everyone that even though this is a dance, you can come just to enjoy the live music and have a fun evening with friends.”
The event is BYOB and the band auxiliary will have a concession table with snacks, soft drinks, bottled water and ice for sale. Tables 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 the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum, at Marion Music in Palm Bay, Brass and Reed Music Center in Merritt Island, Guitar Haven in Indian Harbour Beach, and Art Gallery of Viera, in Viera.
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 321-339-7705 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org
for more information and the specific addresses of ticket outlets.
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.