HAPPY HOLIDAYS from SDSE at Thirwood Place, Friday, December 9

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble, as well as our Combo and Brass+ Ensemble incarnations, has been very busy during the pre-Holiday season with a good number of private and limited access performances around the Cape.  With the Winter holidays almost upon us and nearly all of our Holiday performances behind us, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our followers a very Happy Holiday and a Healthful and Prosperous New Year.
In keeping with that sentiment, we have provided below for your enjoyment a video taken earlier this month (courtesy of Corey Russo) from a private Holiday Event performance for the residents of Thirwood Place Retirement Community in South Yarmouth. So here is “Happy Holidays” by Irving Berlin, arranged by Helmy Kresa and performed by the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble on Friday, December 9….

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 www.alzfamilysupport.org/events/walk-for-alzheimers-2021


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: www.alzfamilysupport.org
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 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: www.ccmoa.org. Once on the website, click on “EVENTS” and then again on “MUSIC and MORE!” — OR — simply go to https://www.ccmoa.org/events/sound-dunes-combo


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.


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….



Today, November 11, is Veterans Day and, in commemoration of the sacrifice of the many veterans in this country who have risked their lives to defend our freedoms, The SOUND DUNES COMBO has been invited to perform at a private event at the Maplewood Senior Residence in West Yarmouth. Because this is a private event, our “co-musician”, Steve Smith, has prerecorded our socially distanced final rehearsal of the concert at Dennis Village Green and we have posted it here for your listening pleasure. We hope that you will find it enjoyable….

If You Missed Today’s SDSE Virtual Concert

Although there was a 90 minute technical delay at the start of today’s broadcast of the one-hour concert by the SDSE Combo, we hope that you were able to catch the broadcast and enjoy it.  As mentioned earlier, the program was sponsored by the 2020 TD Bank “virtual” Summer Concert Series program and presented by invitation of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.


However, if you did miss it, you can still catch it by visiting either the SDSE Facebook Page OR The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Facebook Page for the video of the broadcast — OR — you can click on the following video link……ENJOY!


(Be sure to have your audio turn “on” after clicking on the following visual link….)