Ever since mid-June when the Sound Dunes Swing Combo started holding “open rehearsals” at the Dennis Center for Active Living @ the Dennis Senior Center, the popularity of those rehearsals has gained traction with the Senior Center and its members. In the most recent (July/August 2022) edition of The Cranberry Scoop, DCAL’s Newsletter, the rehearsals made the “front page”, as well as being highlighted two additional times within the newsletter.
As a reminder, if you are interested in attending one or more of the upcoming FREE rehearsals, they are being held every other Tuesday in July and August…..the next open rehearsal is scheduled for July 12 at 1:00pm. Attendees are required to register at the front desk or by calling: 508 – 694 – 2005. Come listen, dance, and enjoy the LIVE music. Light refreshments are provided.
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 www.alzfamilysupport.org/events/walk-for-alzheimers-2021
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!
SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY, MAY 14TH 11 AM TO 2 PM
THE DAVID BIRTWELL MEMORIAL WALK FOR ALZHEIMERS
SCUSSET BEACH STATE PARK
To register to participate in the AFSC Birtwell Walk and/or donate to this most worthy cause, go to: www.alzfamilysupport.org
WE HOPE WE SEE YOU THERE!
Here’s a sample of the music we will be doing (Click below)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…..