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 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.