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!

September 27 – HCoA Fall Frolic Dance

Harwich Council on Aging


Fall Frolic with the Sound Dunes!

Friday, September 27, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Harwich Community Center
100 Oak Street
Harwich, MA

A FREE Evening of Live Big Band music, dancing, and refreshments with

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

Swing, Latin, Ballroom, and Pop Music

Open to the General Public with RESERVATIONS

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – CALL  508-430-7550 or emitchell@town.harwich.ma.us

Complimentary Refreshments Provided

Click Here for HCoA Fall Frolic Flyer

August 11 – Summer Strawberry Swing Dance Social

First Congregational Church of Harwich


Summer Strawberry Swing Dance Social

Sunday, August 11th, 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 Tom Jahnke at 617-717-9828 by August 4

Click Here for CCBD Dance Flyer

August 10 – CCBD Pop Up, No Frills Dance

Cape Cod Ballroom Dancers

present a very special


Saturday, August 10th, 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Betsy’s Ballroom at Yarmouth Senior Center
528 Forest Road
South Yarmouth, MA

LIVE Big Band Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

An Evening of Informal Dancing and Fun!!

Swing, Latin, and other Ballroom Music

Tickets are $10 per person

Come join us for a very casual chance to have fun!  Dancers will be provided with fabulous music and a great dance floor and are encouraged to bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

For questions contact Leora Amir at 607-425-1161

Click Here for CCBD Dance Flyer

July 1 – “Concert on the Green”

Village Improvement Society of Dennis presents

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

“Concert on the Green”

Monday, July 1, 7PM 

Dennis Village Green Bandstand
Route 6A
Dennis, MA

Featuring LIVE Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble


The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble will be performing at the “Summer Band Concerts on the Green”, MONDAY, JULY 1ST. This FREE program is sponsored and hosted by the Village Improvement Society of Dennis and is held on the Village Green Bandstand on Route 6A in Dennis, starting at 7:00PM.

In honor of Independence Day, the Sound Dunes will pay tribute to the women and men of our armed services with our rendition of several patriotic songs, along with the help of the audience.  The performance will also celebrate some of the greatest American composers, bandleaders, and vocalists from the 30s and 40s through the 70s.  Audience participation is welcome, so feel free to sing along or get up and dance!


Video & Notes from the May 17, 2019 FFA Concert Fundraiser

On Friday, May 17th, the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed at the student Future Farmers of America (FFA) Fundraiser. The concert/dance was held at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich.  Cape Cod Tech’s FFA award-winning Nursery Landscaping Team had previously competed with and bested all other schools in MA and is now sending that team on to compete in the upcoming 2019 National competition in Indianapolis.  Money raised through this event went toward helping to finance that effort.

Attendees were impressed by the students in attendance and praised them as being polite, helpful and dedicated to the education that were getting from their teachers and their school.  Others commented how much they enjoyed watching how much fun the teens were having trying to dance to the swing music that their parents (read “grandparents”) used to!  A number of the students even remarked how much they enjoyed listening to the earlier style music.

In deference to the average (younger) age of the audience, SDSE decided to perform “something new” in addition to their usual repertoire of music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s with some more recent pieces hat might be more recognizable to the crowd.  Among those newer pieces was Bohemian Rhapsody (originally performed by the rock group Queen), and the David Rose Instrumental “The Stripper” (1958) which can be heard in movies as recent as “Slap Shot” (1977) and “The Full Monty” (1997).   We have attached a video of the Sound Dunes version of the latter selection here for you to enjoy.

FFA students are continuing to try to raise money for their trip to the Indianapolis competition by doing yard cleanups, light landscaping, and other odd jobs.  If you would like to help them out and contribute to their well-earned effort, you might want to contact the school to find out their availability to do this type of work for you.

Photos & Notes from the May 11, 2019 Dave Birtwell Remembery Walk

On Sunday, May 11th, 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 on the Harwich Bandstand in Brooks Park which served as the focal point for the event fundraiser and Walk.  The weather cooperated for the first time in years since this event has been held, but band members were still a bit chilly on the bandstand (check out the photos)!
The crowd for the fundraiser not only enjoyed great music by the Sound Dunes, but also a Salsa dance demonstration and instruction session and stimulating speeches by a number of guest speakers.  After the walk, the participants enjoyed an excellent free BBQ staffed by volunteer Ed McManus which included hot dog and hamburger refreshments. 
The AFSC and the Birtwell Family thanked everyone for their generosity!
Here are a few photos that were taken during the SDSE performance from the May 11th event….