Time to Meet the SD 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.

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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

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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.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE SOUND DUNES

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….

 

SDSE COMBO VETERANS DAY CONCERT

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….)

A SNEAK PEEK

Only a few days left until the online broadcast of the one-hour concert by the SDSE Combo, a subgroup of the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble that performs in situation where the full Ensemble is unable to. In this case, because of Covid-19 social distancing and related requirements, the number of SDSE band members who could participate was restricted.

 

As a temptation to entice you to the full broadcast, sponsored by the 2020 TD Bank program “virtual Summer Concert Series” and by invitation of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to SDSE as a program participant, we have attached a brief video of the Combo group rehearsing “The Girl From Ipanema”. We hope that you will enjoy it.

 

As a reminder, the program will be broadcast online at 11AM on Sunday, August 30. Please join us at that time on either the SDSE Facebook Page OR The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Facebook Page for the broadcast of this very special event.

SOUND DUNES TO ENTERTAIN AT TD BANK’S “VIRTUAL” SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble has been invited by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to perform as part of the 2020 “virtual” TD Bank Summer Concert Series, on Sunday, August 30th at 11:00 AM. See excerpts from an article in this Sunday’s Cape Cod Times below that describes this year’s overall program.

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.

We are delighted to bring our brand of music to this annual Cape Cod tradition and hope you enjoy the program.

 

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PHOTOS & VIDEO FROM THE FEB 28, 2020 HCC 20th BIRTHDAY BASH

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)…..

L-O-V-E by The Sound Dunes

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.

PHOTOS & VIDEO FROM THE DEC 18, 2019 SDSE-HCoA HOLIDAY CONCERT & DANCE

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)…..
https://youtu.be/m-6f54cWoNE

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.