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)

Photos & Notes from the Dec 4, 2019 Holiday Dance Concert at Thirwood Place

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….

Photos & Notes from the Oct 27, 2019 Talent Show at the DUC

Several members of The Sound Dunes donated their time as participants in Dennis Union Church’s (DUC’s) annual “Talent Show” fundraiser on Sunday, October 27th. The “Sound Dunes Combo” performed several songs including: Hello Dolly, Lazy River, Saints Go Marching In, All of Me, and Girl from Ipanema, the last two tunes featuring vocalist Carole Madru.  Members of the combo included: Carole on guitar as well as vocals, Corey Russo on keyboards, Laurie Lang on alto and soprano sax, Ed Wheldon on Clarinet, Bob Sneden on trombone, Bob Aumueller on Bass, Todd Shipman on drums, and Jim Stamboni on trumpet. the Town Hall to celebrate with food, live music by SDSE, and dancing.

The Sound Dunes Combo performed again recently for the Chatham Rotary luncheon at the Chatham Wayside Inn on Thursday, November 21st.

Here are a few photos that were taken during the SD Combo’s performance from the October 27th event….

Photos & Notes from the October 20, 2019 Provincetown Alzheimer’s Walk

On Sunday, October 20th, 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 in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Provincetown landmark Town Hall building which also served as the focal point for the event fundraiser and Walk.

The fundraiser was well-attended by a very enthusiastic participating crowd of supporters.  After the walk, the participants gathered in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Town Hall to celebrate with food, live music by SDSE, and dancing.

The AFSC thanked everyone for their generosity!

Here are a few photos that were taken during the SDSE performance from the October 20th event….

Photos & Notes from the September 27, 2019 Fall Frolic w/Sound Dunes Dance

On Friday, September 27th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed at the Fall Frolic Dance sponsored by Harwich Council on Aging (HCoA). The dance was held in the auditorium of the Harwich Community Center.  Those who attended the FREE public event were treated to an assortment of Swing, Latin, Ballroom, and Jazz dance music, along with an occasional more recent selection.

The dance was a great success and very well attended.  The band was additionally delighted by the good number of people who danced during their performance.  The attached photos from the event give you an idea of the many dancers and toe-tappers who apparently greatly enjoyed themselves during the evening…

Photos & Notes from the August 11, 2019 Strawberry Social

On Sunday, August 11th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed during a Summer Strawberry Swing Dance Social. The event was billed as “an old fashioned community summer social” and was hosted by The First Congregational Church of Harwich on the grounds of the church.

The weather cooperated magnificently and the crowd not only enjoyed a beautiful summer afternoon, but also some great music by the Sound Dunes with vocals by Linda DeLorey and Tom Jahnke.

Here are a few photos that were taken during the SDSE performance from the August 11th event….

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Video & Notes from the August 10, 2019 CCBD “Pop-Up, No Frills Dance”

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!

Video & Notes from the May 17, 2019 FFA Concert Fundraiser

On Friday, May 17th, the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed at the student Future Farmers of America (FFA) Fundraiser. The concert/dance was held at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich.  Cape Cod Tech’s FFA award-winning Nursery Landscaping Team had previously competed with and bested all other schools in MA and is now sending that team on to compete in the upcoming 2019 National competition in Indianapolis.  Money raised through this event went toward helping to finance that effort.

Attendees were impressed by the students in attendance and praised them as being polite, helpful and dedicated to the education that were getting from their teachers and their school.  Others commented how much they enjoyed watching how much fun the teens were having trying to dance to the swing music that their parents (read “grandparents”) used to!  A number of the students even remarked how much they enjoyed listening to the earlier style music.

In deference to the average (younger) age of the audience, SDSE decided to perform “something new” in addition to their usual repertoire of music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s with some more recent pieces hat might be more recognizable to the crowd.  Among those newer pieces was Bohemian Rhapsody (originally performed by the rock group Queen), and the David Rose Instrumental “The Stripper” (1958) which can be heard in movies as recent as “Slap Shot” (1977) and “The Full Monty” (1997).   We have attached a video of the Sound Dunes version of the latter selection here for you to enjoy.

FFA students are continuing to try to raise money for their trip to the Indianapolis competition by doing yard cleanups, light landscaping, and other odd jobs.  If you would like to help them out and contribute to their well-earned effort, you might want to contact the school to find out their availability to do this type of work for you.

Photos & Notes from the May 11, 2019 Dave Birtwell Remembery Walk

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….