Photos & Notes from the Oct 4, 2017 Commodore Inn Event

This past October 4th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed a special concert in the interior courtyard of the Commodore Inn in Harwich. The courtyard is located next to the pool and with the October wind coming in off Nantucket Sound across the open pool surface, it started to get VERY CHILLY as the sun began to set!! A lovely setting was prepared by the owners of the Inn to entertain a busload of tourists from as far away as the Carolinas and Georgia.

The visiting group was treated to an indoor buffet and had free reign of a covered enclosed patio to dance to music provided by the (somewhat frosty) Sound Dunes ensemble. Several of those “less young” tourists in attendance remarked that a number of the more mellow swing period tunes brought back lovely fond memories from years past. All-in-all, everyone had a very enjoyable evening.

Here are a few photos that we took during the SDSE performance from the October 4th event….

 

Monthly Jazz Jam at The Riverway Lobster House

Bart Weisman hosts a monthly JazzJam on the third Sunday of every month at The Riverway Lobster House in Yarmouth. It starts at 4 PM and runs until 7. There is no cover charge. I was finally able to check it out (with Bob Aumueller and his wife, Jeanette, and my wife, Lynda) yesterday and had a fantastic time. Bart had a top notch rhythm section (Bart, Ron Ormsby, and Fred Boyle) who were augmented by many local instrumentalists and vocalists on a continuous rotating basis. Several of our Sound Dunes family were there including Mark Borgmann, John Shaw, and Doug Ricciardi.  You can go and perform with the gang or you can just go and listen to some excellent live jazz. Jim S  

Photos & Notes from the July 3, 2017 “Dennis Concert on the Green” Event

On July 3rd, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) headlined for the Dennis Independence Day Concert on the Green celebration. The event took place at the iconic Dennis Village Green Bandstand and was sponsored by the Dennis Village Improvement Society. The celebration was well-attended by families with children, both young and old alike. In addition to the Swing Music fare that we are most noted for (ex: In the Mood, Getting Sentimental Over You, etc.), SDSE performed a number of patriotic songs (God Bless America, Stars and Stripes Forever, etc.) in keeping with the upcoming holiday and a variety of more recently composed popular tunes (like YMCA and New York, New York) for some of the youngsters in the crowd.

Apart from SDSE, the show included a performance by the 4-part harmony a Capella group, “Who’s the Boss?” as well as their joint performance with the band of “Java Jive”, made famous in 1941 by The Ink Spots. The quartet charmed many in the audience with their humorous old-style tunes and surprise impromptu “choreography”.

It was a delightful evening for all with many of the smaller children enjoying donning free patriotic hats and waving flags. The children also seemed to enjoy interacting with the SDSE vocalists much to the delight of both Tom J and Linda D (our male and female vocalists).

Here are a few photos that we took during the SDSE performance from the July 3rd event….

Photos & Notes from the May 23, 2017 “Jammin’ @ the Rep” Event

On May 23rd, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed as one of several musical entertainment groups at the “Jammin’ @ the Rep” Fundraiser at the Cape Repertory Theater in Brewster.   Funds collected during the event were contributed toward Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) programs – HopeWorks, Pay It Forward, and Smart Money – designed to improve the work lives and earning potential of client households from Harwich to Provincetown.

This was the third straight year that SDSE has been asked to perform for this fundraiser by Larry Marsland, President of LCOC.  It is great to know that our music is appreciated to that degree and SDSE band members were enthusiastic about performing for such a worthy cause.

Photos that were taken at the event by professional photographer Bill Pomeroy (Pomeroy Photography and Graphics) of the various performers at the event are posted at http://www.pomeroy-photo-graphics.com/…/CapeRep-jammin-at-t…

Here are a few photos that we took during the SDSE performance from the May 23rd event….

 

The event was quite a success!!

October 20 – Harwich Dinner Dance! w/SDSE

Friends of the Harwich Council on Aging

presents

A Harwich Dinner Dance

Friday, October 20, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

The Sea View
76 Chase Avenue
Dennisport, MA

LIVE Big Band Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

& 4-Part Harmony of “Who’s the Boss”

Dig out those dancing shoes and join us as we raise funds for the

“Friends of the Harwich Council on Aging”*

*Friends of the Harwich COA is a non-profit 501c (3) organization


Tickets ($75 per person) available at the Harwich Chamber of Commerce and by calling 508-776-0964, 508-868-0743
includes Full Buffet Dinner, Cash Bar, and Dancing!

Click Here for Harwich Dinner Dance Flyer

Photos & Notes from the May 6 “Southport Village” Event

On May 6th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble performed at a private event for the Southport Village Community in Mashpee.   This was basically a reschedule of a similar event that was originally scheduled for early January but had to be cancelled because of a winter snow storm.     Southport Village is one of the most active adult communities in New England and this was pretty clear to all band members based on the amount of dancing that was going on during our performance.

Also performing with us in the community’s Bonvie Ballroom during the event was the a capella singing quartet, “Who’s the Boss”, who performed several upbeat oldtime favorites in 4-part harmony.

Our band and all vocalists had a great time and apparently so did the Southport residents because they have invited us back for another event in November.

Here are a few photos from the May 6th event….

 

July 8 – Elmer Crowell Barn Dance w/SDSE

The Harwich Historical Society presents

The Elmer Crowell Barn Celebration and Dance

Saturday, July 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Brooks Academy Museum Parking Lot
80 Parallel Street
Harwich, MA

LIVE Big Band Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

& 4-Part Harmony of “Who’s the Boss”

Dance, sing, play “Name that Tune” and “Oldies Trivia”

** Elmer Crowell Look-alike Contest **


$ 10.00 per person (at the gate — rain or shine)
PRIZES & REFRESHMENTS
For more information call 508-432-808

Click Here for Elmer Crowell Barn Dance Flyer

July 3 – Sound Dunes on the Green

Sound Dunes at Dennis Bandstand on the Green

Monday, July 3, Event starts at 7PM

Dennis Village Bandstand
Route 6A at Bass River Rd
Dennis, MA

Join us for a the summer outdoor concert at the Dennis Village Green Bandstand. The Sound Dunes, together with the a capella quartet “Who’s the Boss”, are proud to have been invited by the Village Improvement Society of Dennis to perform for their Fourth of July celebration on Monday evening, July 3d at the Bandstand (Route 6A at Bass River Road). Our performance will begin at 7PM.

The band and quartet are working on a program that will have something for “children of all ages”:
— Patriotic tunes and recognition of past and present members of our Armed Forces
— Big band music and vocals from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s for listening to, singing along with, or even dancing to!
— Novelty tunes for the “younger” kids
— A few surprises!

Admission is FREE however donations will be graciously accepted on behalf of The Village improvement Society of Dennis.

We hope to see you on July 3d at the Dennis Village Bandstand.

Photos & Notes from the April 23 NEFFA Sound Dunes Performance

On April 23rd, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble performed at the New England Folk Festival Association’s (NEFFA’s) annual event in Mansfield, MA.   This annual folk festival exhibits and aims to blend dance, music, crafts, and food from many places and cultures.  This year was NEFFA’s 73rd annual Festival and was a great experience for all ensemble members who participated.

NEFFAThe Festival is run by the New England Folk Festival Association, a cultural and educational, volunteer-run, non-profit organization.  The talent of all performers is also provided on a volunteer-basis.   The event is known for its varied social dance program, which includes traditional square dancing, international folk dancing, couple dancing, swing dancing, and more.  SDSE’s performance followed an introductory workshop on swing dancing and most of the workshop participants and instructors remained with us after their workshop to dance to our musical performance.

Our band had an excellent time entertaining the crowd as you can see from the photos of the event which follow…..

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Our ensemble was pleased to be joined at this event by Gabe Gouveia, who had generously donated a good portion of the group’s regular repertoire of arrangements, who played keyboard with us (photo below), and his son Jonathan on bass.

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Photos & Notes from the March 19 “Maplewood at Mayflower” Event

On March 19th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble performed at a private event for the Maplewood at Mayflower Place Senior Living Community in West Yarmouth.   This was the second performance by the Sound Dunes for the Mayflower audience, and based on the positive feedback of those in attendance, there may be a third in the foreseeable future.   Our band and vocalists had a great time entertaining the residents and, as you can see from the photos of the March 19th event which follow,  so did those who were in attendance…..

Clearly, a good time was had by all!