Photos & Notes from the Dec 4, 2019 Holiday Dance Concert at Thirwood Place

During the winter holiday season The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) become involved in a number of celebrations of the season, both as an entire group and as partial supporter of other individual area events.  Many of these holiday events are public, but some of them are private and restricted to the membership of a particular organization.

SDSE actually kicked off this 2019 holiday season with a private event.  On Wednesday, December 4th, we participated in the annual holiday dance/concert for the residents of the Thirwood Place Senior Residence in Yarmouth.  The program consisted of a variety of holiday favorites, a sing-along, several resident/audience participation skits, and a Tango demonstration by a group from the Cape Cod Ballroom Dancers organization.

Attendees appeared to greatly enjoy the many familiar holiday tunes and the Cape Cod Ballroom Dancers stimulated a good number of audience members to join in and dance, as can be seen in the first of the photos that follow.  The second photo depicts several audience members participating in a (Rudolf the Red Nosed) reindeer skit, which although coming off a bit “uneven,” still appeared to delight the crowd in attendence.

December 18 – HCoA Holiday Concert & Dance

Harwich Council on Aging


Holiday Concert & Dance

Wednesday, December 18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Harwich Community Center
100 Oak Street
Harwich, MA

Your Favorite Holiday Tunes Performed by

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

Enjoy a Christmas Sing-A-Long and other Surprises for Families and Children of All Ages

A FREE Event Open to the General Public with RESERVATIONS

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Dec 16 – CALL  508-430-7550 or

Complimentary Refreshments Provided

Click Here for HCoA Holiday Concert & Dance Flyer


On Halloween night 2019, in the early evening, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) participated in the 4th Annual Dennis Village Halloween Hootenanny & Parade organized by Dennis Village Locally Thrown Family Events. Participants in the event arrived decked out in costume on the grounds of the Cape Playhouse where the event took place. Festivities started at about 5:30pm with a Costume Parade along nearby streets and byways led by some of the more robust members of SDSE.  For their grueling effort to head up the parade (and to be ultimately out-shown by the many children marching in costume), we note the names of those “energetic” SDSE marchers….Dan Feheley, Lonny Gisetto, Mike Hays, Corey Russo, Barbara Shorts, Jim Stamboni, and Joe Wells.

After the parade the marchers returned to the Playhouse grounds where they joined the rest of the SDSE crew which treated the crowd to a concert of dance music and where the bulk of the festivities took place with the support of a great line-up of sponsors & food vendors. Everyone appeared to have a great time, full of picture taking and many more treats then tricks! Here are a few photos of the event (several courtesy of King Tide Creative) from the SDSE perspective….

Photos & Notes from the Oct 27, 2019 Talent Show at the DUC

Several members of The Sound Dunes donated their time as participants in Dennis Union Church’s (DUC’s) annual “Talent Show” fundraiser on Sunday, October 27th. The “Sound Dunes Combo” performed several songs including: Hello Dolly, Lazy River, Saints Go Marching In, All of Me, and Girl from Ipanema, the last two tunes featuring vocalist Carole Madru.  Members of the combo included: Carole on guitar as well as vocals, Corey Russo on keyboards, Laurie Lang on alto and soprano sax, Ed Wheldon on Clarinet, Bob Sneden on trombone, Bob Aumueller on Bass, Todd Shipman on drums, and Jim Stamboni on trumpet. the Town Hall to celebrate with food, live music by SDSE, and dancing.

The Sound Dunes Combo performed again recently for the Chatham Rotary luncheon at the Chatham Wayside Inn on Thursday, November 21st.

Here are a few photos that were taken during the SD Combo’s performance from the October 27th event….

Photos & Notes from the October 20, 2019 Provincetown Alzheimer’s Walk

On Sunday, October 20th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed during a fundraiser sponsored by The Alzheimer’s Family Support Center (AFSC) of Cape Cod. The band performed in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Provincetown landmark Town Hall building which also served as the focal point for the event fundraiser and Walk.

The fundraiser was well-attended by a very enthusiastic participating crowd of supporters.  After the walk, the participants gathered in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Town Hall to celebrate with food, live music by SDSE, and dancing.

The AFSC thanked everyone for their generosity!

Here are a few photos that were taken during the SDSE performance from the October 20th event….

Photos & Notes from the September 27, 2019 Fall Frolic w/Sound Dunes Dance

On Friday, September 27th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed at the Fall Frolic Dance sponsored by Harwich Council on Aging (HCoA). The dance was held in the auditorium of the Harwich Community Center.  Those who attended the FREE public event were treated to an assortment of Swing, Latin, Ballroom, and Jazz dance music, along with an occasional more recent selection.

The dance was a great success and very well attended.  The band was additionally delighted by the good number of people who danced during their performance.  The attached photos from the event give you an idea of the many dancers and toe-tappers who apparently greatly enjoyed themselves during the evening…

Oct 31 – Dennis Halloween Hootenanny Parade

Members of the Sound Dunes will be leading the Dennis Village Halloween Hootenanny Parade at 5:30pm on Thursday, October 31 and performing during the festivities at the Cape Playhouse.

So get your costumes ready and your Dancin’ Shoes on…the 4th Annual Dennis Village Halloween Hootenanny is just around the corner!

The costume parade will start around 5:30pm on the grounds of the Cape Playhouse, circling along the side of the street, and return to the Playhouse where the bulk of the festivities will take place.

For more info, see the following Facebook page…..

Oct 20 – Walk for Alzheimer’s — LIVE Music by the Sound Dunes

Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod presents

Provincetown Walk for Alzheimer’s

Sunday, October 20,  11AM – 3:30PM

(Walk Registration begins at 11AM)

Provincetown Town Hall
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA

Featuring LIVE Music by

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble


Trolley Rides —  Food by Cosmos Catering

Walk benefits patients and families living with Alzheimer’s and dementia problems

Click Here for Alzheimer’s Walk Flyer

Photos & Notes from the August 11, 2019 Strawberry Social

On Sunday, August 11th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed during a Summer Strawberry Swing Dance Social. The event was billed as “an old fashioned community summer social” and was hosted by The First Congregational Church of Harwich on the grounds of the church.

The weather cooperated magnificently and the crowd not only enjoyed a beautiful summer afternoon, but also some great music by the Sound Dunes with vocals by Linda DeLorey and Tom Jahnke.

Here are a few photos that were taken during the SDSE performance from the August 11th event….

1 Sound Dunes 19

2 Sound Dunes 8

Sound Dunes 14 Sound Dunes Gig Photo 1

Video & Notes from the August 10, 2019 CCBD “Pop-Up, No Frills Dance”

On Saturday, August 10th, the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed at the Cape Cod Ballroom Dancers’ sponsored “Pop-up, No Frills Dance” for Betsy’s Ballroom at the Yarmouth Senior Center.  The event was by all accords an outstanding success. The dancers thoroughly enjoyed the live Big Band music, the song selection, and the quality of the performance. Many of the dancers commented on the thrill of dancing to a live big band, since they normally dance to recorded music or small combos. The organizer of the event, Leora Amir, was very happy with the great turnout and enthusiasm of both the band and the dancers.

Although we did have a camera there to record video, unfortunately it was not positioned properly in order to capture any of the CCBD dancers.  But here is a snippet of one of the songs from the evening. “Cuban Pete” (1936).  It was originally performed by Louis Armstrong in 1937, then more popularly by Desi Arnaz (1946), and more recently by Jim Carey in the film “The Mask” (1994).

By the end of the evening, we received a ton of compliments and, best of all, a commitment to have us back again!