As you know, the Sound Dunes is normally an 18 piece “big band”, including male and female vocalists that features music from the 30’s and 40’s up to today. However, with the current restrictions on social distancing and maximum group sizes imposed by the State due to the Coronavirus, the Sound Dunes Combo, a 7 piece group made up of Sound Dunes’ musicians will be performing for our “virtual” concert. The group features Sax / Clarinet, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocalist, and Rhythm section. The Combo’s musical library and stylings are very similar to that of the full big band.
This year, the Harwich Community Center is celebrating its 20th Anniversary at their current 100 Oak Street location. So on February 28th, they threw a 20th Birthday Bash Dance celebrating the occasion. Members of the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) were thrilled to provide the musical entertainment for this joyous event with a slate of mostly new songs that have been recently added to our repertoire.
One of the new songs recently added is L-O-V-E (1964), originally performed by Nat King Cole and later by his daughter Natalie. It has more recently been recorded by Joss Stone and by Michael Buble’ in 2007. SDSE performed the song at this event as a vocal duet by vocalists Tom Jahnke and Linda Delorey. Harwich Channel 18, the local government access station, was at the event and recorded this portion of our performance….their recording is attached here for your listening pleasure. (Click on the following link for video)…..
As happy an occasion the Birthday Bash was, SDSE members were somewhat saddened by the fact that this would be the last regular performance of vocalist Linda Delorey with the band. Linda will be moving back to her hometown in western New York State and we wish her all the best and send her our love as she looks forward to having more quality time to spend with her family and loved ones. She may be returning to the Cape during the summers and we will look forward to her hopefully having some time during her returns to perform with us again.
As with a number of SDSE’s recent performances at the Harwich Community Center, this event had a “full house” in attendance and the crowd seemed to enjoy dancing to almost every number that the band played. One of the highlights of the evening was trombonist Dan Feheley recreating the Tommy Dorsey solo from I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (1932). No, unfortunately we don’t have a video of his performance, so you will just need to be satisfied with the attached photo from his performance! (Photos courtesy of Marge Frith)
SDSE has another concert coming up at the Harwich Community Center on April 24 as the HCoA presents its “Swing into Spring Dance”. Like most of their events, this will likely be another FREE Public event. Once again, it is likely that reservations will be required due to venue capacity limitations. We would encourage those who wish to attend the next SDSE FREE Public event not to hesitate to make their reservations as soon as possible as April approaches, before the demand for reservations reaches the “cut off” level as it has during several past SDSE events.
A third 2019 holiday event for members of the Sound Dunes (SDSE) was a performance at the Harwich Council on Aging’s Holiday Concert & Dance at the Harwich Community Center.
In addition to a few photos of the event (below) and as a special treat for our Facebook and Website followers, we have additionally attached a video of SDSE playing the Holiday selection “Christmas Time Is Here” with one of our more recent vocalists, Erica Tso Haidas. (Click on the following link for video)…..
Although this Holiday Concert was a FREE Public event, reservations were required due to venue capacity limitations. Unfortunately, to the dismay of many SDSE fans who wanted to attend, reservations had to be “cut off” about a week ahead of the event because of an avid public response. As a result of this, we would encourage those who wish to attend the next SDSE FREE Public event, The HCC 20th Birthday Bash Dance, not to hesitate to make their reservations if they wish to attend, before the demand for reservations reaches the “cut off” level. We hope to be able to see all of you at this upcoming February 28th evening event.
The second 2019 holiday event for members of the Sound Dunes (SDSE) was an ensemble performance by a group of SDSE Sax and Brass instrumentalists at the December 8th Dennis Village Holiday Stroll. Nine SDSE members braved a semi-mild winter afternoon from about 1pm to 2pm to perform Holiday Carols on the bandstand on the Dennis Village Green during the stroll. Members of the ensemble included: Corey Russo and Peter DeBakker playing Sax; and Brass participants Paul Chatelain, Dale Cotter, Mike Hays, Jim Stamboni, Tom Jahnke, Dan Feheley, and Mike Rodericks.
One highlight of this public performance was when a local troop of Girl Scouts joined the ensemble (see little kids with red Santa hats in second photo attached) to sing several Holiday Carols. The audience and the girls (and especially the girls’ parents) enjoyed the experience and they were actually looking forward to doing it again next year, if possible!
As a special treat for our Facebook and Website followers, we have additionally attached a video of the Brass & Sax Ensemble playing “Joy to the World.” (Click on the following link for video)…..
(Special acknowledgement to Lisa Paolillo and Jim Evans for the photos and video)
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.
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….