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)
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!
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….