REMINDER – SDSE at AFSC Alzheimer’s Walk, Saturday, May14

Last weekend, on May 7, the 7-piece Sound Dunes Swing Combo was invited to perform for the residents of the Windsor Skilled Nursing Facility at North Main Street in South Yarmouth. It was the group’s first performance at that venue and, although the event was private, we’ve attached a video (below) of the group’s performance of “On the Sunny Side of the Street with Jeff Camish on vocals.  You can see from the very enthusiastic response of the audience in the video that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Although that performance was private, we would like to remind you that you have an opportunity to see the next LIVE public performance of the full 20-piece Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, 11am to 2pm at THE DAVID BIRTWELL MEMORIAL WALK FOR ALZHEIMERS, SCUSSET BEACH STATE PARK, SANDWICH, MA. The event is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center. You are invited to participate in this very worthy event or just take a leisurely walk along the beautiful Cape Cod Canal and enjoy the music and the environment. Additional details of the event can be found at


SDSE to Perform May 14 at AFSC “Walk for Alzheimer’s”

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble invites you to join us and the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center for the annual David Birtwell Walk for Alzheimer’s. Take a leisurely walk along the beautiful Cape Cod Canal, enjoy live music by a 20 piece swing band for your listening, singing, and dancing pleasure, and partake of some scrumptious eats!
To register to participate in the AFSC Birtwell Walk and/or donate to this most worthy cause, go to:
Here’s a sample of the music we will be doing (Click below)

SD Swing Combo at AFSC “Arts & Ideas”

The Sound Dunes organization was proud to be invited to participate in the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center’s Arts & Ideas Program, on Monday, April 11th. “Arts & Ideas” brings creative people (musicians, artists, writers, tradespeople) together with people living with cognitive disease, their caregivers, family members, and interested members of the community for enrichment and companionship on a regular basis. Cape Cod’s Museum of Art in Dennis hosts this program.
The Sound Dunes Swing Combo’s 8 piece band performed “Live” at the CCMoA where attendance was restricted to Alzheimer clients and their caretakers due to COVID safety precautions which were still in effect. However, the program was made available to the general public in real time via ZOOM.
For those who were unavailable to connect up with the Zoom broadcast of the Sound Dunes Swing Combo performance on April 11, we have some great news for you. The entire event was recorded through the main camera used for the event and actually has a somewhat higher quality audio than the Zoom broadcast.
We would like to thank AFSC for allowing our fans to access the following YouTube link to the performance and hope that you will enjoy watching and listening to it by clicking on the image below.

Time to Meet the SD Swing Combo

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to The Sound Dunes Swing Combo, there are two FREE public performances coming up.  The Sound Dunes Combo will be providing FREE live music at 2 upcoming outdoor Art Shows hosted by the Harwich Guild of Artists. Come and check out the work of some of the Cape’s finest Artists while enjoying your favorite tunes from the 30’s thru the 90’s. The Art Shows will be held at Doane Park in Harwichport on Monday, August 30th and Saturday, September 4th from 10AM to 5PM. The Sound Dunes Combo will be performing from 2 to 4 PM each day. Hope to see you there!
Combo Wedding

August 15 – Summer Strawberry Swing Dance Social

First Congregational Church of Harwich


Summer Strawberry Swing Dance Social

Sunday, August 15th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

First Congregation Church of Harwich
697 Main Street (at Rtes 39 and 124)
Harwich Center, MA

LIVE Big Band Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

An Old World Community Dance Event!

Swing Band Music of the 40s, 50s, 60s & Beyond

Refreshments provided by the Church Fellowship Committee

Come join us for an old-fashioned chance to have fun!  Just bring your family and friends and your best dancing shoes!

For required reservations call the Church at 508-432-1053 by August 11

Click Here for Strawberry Social Flyer

August 7 – SD Combo at Art Meets Music in Brooks Park

The Sound Dunes Swing Combo’s next performance is shaping up to be a fantastic day of art exhibited by many of the Cape’s finest talents.   Sedona Summers’ Art Stars will be hosting an art show from 10am to 5pm at Brooks Park in Harwich.    The SD Combo will be providing LIVE music from 1 to 3, featuring some of your favorite tunes from the 30’s to the 70’s.  IT’S ALL FREE SO COME ON DOWN AND CHECK IT OUT!

Looking forward to seeing you there!  Please feel free to share with your friends.

Combo 7-18-21

July 18 – SD Combo at “Music & More!”

The Cape Cod Museum of Art’s popular “Music & More!” Concert Series has been bringing joyful music to Cape Codders and visitors for 18 years. This summer, the Art Museum, located in Dennis, MA. is hosting eleven live, in-person concerts on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 on the beautiful grounds of the Museum. From June 27th thru September 19th enjoy listening to musicians from a vast variety of disciplines, including Swing, Bluegrass, Dixieland, Jazz, Celtic music, Jazz standards and Classical music. During July the concerts will be held OUTSIDE on the campus. You may bring your lawn chair and, if you wish, come early and pack a picnic lunch!

The Sound Dunes Swing Combo will be entertaining at the Museum on Sunday, July 18th. The Combo will be performing music from The Great American Songbook, written by such greats as Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Basie, and other contemporary composers. Our program, “A Musical Revue” will include a mix of Swing, Dixieland, Latin, Jazz, and Pop Rock music for your listening, singing, and dancing pleasure. Enjoy the show!

Tickets are $15 for Museum members / $18 for non-members and can be purchased online at: Once on the website, click on “EVENTS” and then again on “MUSIC and MORE!” — OR — simply go to


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

Passcode: 999999

For best sound quality we recommend using headphones, earbuds, or earphones, if possible.

Hope you are available to enjoy the broadcast…LIVE!

A Small Treat to Start the Spring Off

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.)

Nauset Newcomers,Sound Dunes from Paul Cass on Vimeo.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, it also has continued to relegate the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) to hiatus status in order to maintain compliance with State and National guidelines. However, the Sound Dunes Combo, and the Sound Dunes Brass Ensemble, each composed of a subset of SDSE members, has had a number of opportunities presented to them because of their smaller head count, and have tried to take advantage of those opportunities.


A point in fact, the CapeAbilities organization approached the Brass Ensemble with a proposal to broadcast a Holiday concert to their employees. After a series of test runs, that concert took place and was broadcast within the CapeAbiliites organization this past Wednesday morning.


Because that was a private event and not accessible for most of our fanbase, SDSE has enticed their Brass Ensemble membership to prepare a Holiday Concert video for ALL of their fans to view and enjoy for this Holiday season. Special recognition goes to Steve Smith (trumpet) who worked diligently behind the scenes to orchestrate the technical aspects of the recording to bring this video to ALL of our fans.


As a result, SDSE and Just Steve Styrofoam Cup Productions is proud to present to you “Sound Track of the Holidays” featuring the Sound Dunes Brass Ensemble….