NOTE: The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble is an 18 piece “big band”, in the style of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others. The mid-cape based band consists of 16 instrumentalists and male and female vocalists. This past year has been a very challenging time for live music and the Arts due to the COVID coronavirus. Restrictions imposed to control the spread of the virus, including social distancing, wearing of masks, and gathering size limits have made it impossible to rehearse and perform as a full sized big band. As a result the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble have reimagined ourselves, for the time being, as a Combo ( 6 instrumentalists and 2 vocalists), The Sound Dunes Swing Combo.
No, the news is NOT that the entire Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble is able to get together to perform….COVID restrictions are still in place and preventing that from happening. However if you are available tomorrow (Tuesday, April 13) at 1pm in the afternoon, you will be able to view a LIVE ZOOM broadcast of a Sound Dunes Swing Combo performance. The broadcast has been set up with the Yarmouth Senior Center for their membership and they have generously offered to share the broadcast with all of our SDSE and SDSC fans.
To view the LIVE broadcast tomorrow afternoon, simply click on the following link (or enter it into your browser of choice) shortly before 1pm…..
Follow any instructions once to reach the ZOOM site. If the login asks for some additional information you can use the following details…
Meeting ID: 836 8245 3166
For best sound quality we recommend using headphones, earbuds, or earphones, if possible.
Hope you are available to enjoy the broadcast…LIVE!
As we have indicated before, because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble has largely been on hiatus in order to maintain compliance with State and National guidelines. There have been a few opportunities for smaller groups to perform here and there, as with the virtual performance by a subset of our band members that we presented in December for the CapeAbilities organization and which was recorded and posted on our website at that time.
We received a similar request, earlier this month, to perform another virtual concert for the Nauset Newcomers organization. Nauset Newcomers was founded in 1977 with the purpose of offering residents local to the Harwich/Chatham area great opportunities to meet people, share in activities and have fun. In addition to “newcomers”, membership includes old-timers, recent retirees, recently widowed, couples and singles, who participate in a myriad of clubs, events, activities and meetings! If the Nauset Club is conveniently located near you, you might consider joining their organization.
Still being faced with Covid-19 restrictions and to try to address the Newcomers’ request, we revved up our (smaller) Sound Dunes Swing Combo, and on the morning of March 10, our Swing Combo performed a semi-private “Live” Zoom Video Concert for the Newcomers. The Newcomers were kind enough to record the the “Zoom” concert feed, and a “raw” version of it was soon-after posted to the SDSE Facebook page.
More recently, Paul Cass of the Newcomers group edited the recorded feed and we are now posting that edited version below and on our SDSE website . We hope you enjoy this latest edited performance by the Sound Dunes Swing Combo! (We apologize for any synching artifacts that may have resulted from the editing.)
It looks like someone’s e-mail got hacked that had the Sound Dunes Website email address in it and a spam message got posted and sent out titled “Quick Help”. We are working to find the source of the spam message and apologize for any confusion it may have caused.
The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble
As you know, the Sound Dunes is normally an 18 piece “big band”, including male and female vocalists that features music from the 30’s and 40’s up to today. However, with the current restrictions on social distancing and maximum group sizes imposed by the State due to the Coronavirus, the Sound Dunes Combo, a 7 piece group made up of Sound Dunes’ musicians will be performing for our “virtual” concert. The group features Sax / Clarinet, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocalist, and Rhythm section. The Combo’s musical library and stylings are very similar to that of the full big band.