Video & Notes from the February 15, 2019 HCoA Mid-Winter Blast Dance

On Friday, February 15th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed at the Mid-Winter Blast Dance sponsored by Harwich Council on Aging (HCoA). The dance was held in the auditorium/assemblyroom 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.

An additional treat for the many dancers and toe-tappers who were in attendence was the public debut of our new female singer, Carole Madru, who also plays rhythm guitar for us. Carole joined our two longtime songsters, Tom Jahnke and Linda Delorey, for the crowd’s enjoyment.

We are fortunate to have a video snipet, provided by Carole’s husband James, of Carole singing “La Vie en Rose” (originally made famous by Edith Piaf) during that Friday evening performance. The video was taken from behind the band’s setup on the stage of the Harwich Community Center where James is usually positioned while he plays his Bass Guitar for us. You can barely see Carole in the video on the far side of the band about midway back at the microphone. We apologize that the audio may be a little muffled because of the location of the video camera/mic….

Photos & Notes from the October 14, 2018 Provincetown Alzheimer’s Walk

On Sunday, October 14th, 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 considered a great success by the AFSC sponsoring group which acknowledged surpassing their fundraising goal of $100,000 which was matched by a generous donor. After the walk, the participants had a party 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 14th event….

  

Dec 2018 – Happy New Year and Greetings of the Season

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from the Sound Dunes

In keeping with the sentiments of the season, a number of the members of the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) helped organize and participate in the Living Creche event in Dennis Village during mid-December. The evening started with a choral concert by the Dennis Union Church Choir, followed by a candlelight procession along Route 6A to the Dennis Village Green and gazebo. Upon reaching the Green, the New Testament story of the Nativity was read and enacted by local adults and children, live cattle, goats, a very personable donkey, and an infant who portrayed the baby Jesus. Here are several photos from the event. Perhaps next December you may want to attend the event as a way to start off your holiday season.

Again, Happy New Year to all of you!

P.S.:  Just a note about our next SDSE event….an informal Dance at the Harwich Community Center hosted by the Harwich Council on Aging.  The dance event is FREE and will be held on Friday, February 15th, from 6 to 8 PM with LIVE music provided by The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble for your dancing and listening pleasure. RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED…… call 508 – 430 – 7550.

Photos & Notes from the Oct 4, 2017 Commodore Inn Event

This past October 4th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed a special concert in the interior courtyard of the Commodore Inn in Harwich. The courtyard is located next to the pool and with the October wind coming in off Nantucket Sound across the open pool surface, it started to get VERY CHILLY as the sun began to set!! A lovely setting was prepared by the owners of the Inn to entertain a busload of tourists from as far away as the Carolinas and Georgia.

The visiting group was treated to an indoor buffet and had free reign of a covered enclosed patio to dance to music provided by the (somewhat frosty) Sound Dunes ensemble. Several of those “less young” tourists in attendance remarked that a number of the more mellow swing period tunes brought back lovely fond memories from years past. All-in-all, everyone had a very enjoyable evening.

Here are a few photos that we took during the SDSE performance from the October 4th event….

 

Photos & Notes from the July 3, 2017 “Dennis Concert on the Green” Event

On July 3rd, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) headlined for the Dennis Independence Day Concert on the Green celebration. The event took place at the iconic Dennis Village Green Bandstand and was sponsored by the Dennis Village Improvement Society. The celebration was well-attended by families with children, both young and old alike. In addition to the Swing Music fare that we are most noted for (ex: In the Mood, Getting Sentimental Over You, etc.), SDSE performed a number of patriotic songs (God Bless America, Stars and Stripes Forever, etc.) in keeping with the upcoming holiday and a variety of more recently composed popular tunes (like YMCA and New York, New York) for some of the youngsters in the crowd.

Apart from SDSE, the show included a performance by the 4-part harmony a Capella group, “Who’s the Boss?” as well as their joint performance with the band of “Java Jive”, made famous in 1941 by The Ink Spots. The quartet charmed many in the audience with their humorous old-style tunes and surprise impromptu “choreography”.

It was a delightful evening for all with many of the smaller children enjoying donning free patriotic hats and waving flags. The children also seemed to enjoy interacting with the SDSE vocalists much to the delight of both Tom J and Linda D (our male and female vocalists).

Here are a few photos that we took during the SDSE performance from the July 3rd event….

Photos & Notes from the May 23, 2017 “Jammin’ @ the Rep” Event

On May 23rd, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble (SDSE) performed as one of several musical entertainment groups at the “Jammin’ @ the Rep” Fundraiser at the Cape Repertory Theater in Brewster.   Funds collected during the event were contributed toward Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) programs – HopeWorks, Pay It Forward, and Smart Money – designed to improve the work lives and earning potential of client households from Harwich to Provincetown.

This was the third straight year that SDSE has been asked to perform for this fundraiser by Larry Marsland, President of LCOC.  It is great to know that our music is appreciated to that degree and SDSE band members were enthusiastic about performing for such a worthy cause.

Photos that were taken at the event by professional photographer Bill Pomeroy (Pomeroy Photography and Graphics) of the various performers at the event are posted at http://www.pomeroy-photo-graphics.com/…/CapeRep-jammin-at-t…

Here are a few photos that we took during the SDSE performance from the May 23rd event….

 

The event was quite a success!!

Photos & Notes from the May 6 “Southport Village” Event

On May 6th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble performed at a private event for the Southport Village Community in Mashpee.   This was basically a reschedule of a similar event that was originally scheduled for early January but had to be cancelled because of a winter snow storm.     Southport Village is one of the most active adult communities in New England and this was pretty clear to all band members based on the amount of dancing that was going on during our performance.

Also performing with us in the community’s Bonvie Ballroom during the event was the a capella singing quartet, “Who’s the Boss”, who performed several upbeat oldtime favorites in 4-part harmony.

Our band and all vocalists had a great time and apparently so did the Southport residents because they have invited us back for another event in November.

Here are a few photos from the May 6th event….

 

Photos & Notes from the April 23 NEFFA Sound Dunes Performance

On April 23rd, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble performed at the New England Folk Festival Association’s (NEFFA’s) annual event in Mansfield, MA.   This annual folk festival exhibits and aims to blend dance, music, crafts, and food from many places and cultures.  This year was NEFFA’s 73rd annual Festival and was a great experience for all ensemble members who participated.

NEFFAThe Festival is run by the New England Folk Festival Association, a cultural and educational, volunteer-run, non-profit organization.  The talent of all performers is also provided on a volunteer-basis.   The event is known for its varied social dance program, which includes traditional square dancing, international folk dancing, couple dancing, swing dancing, and more.  SDSE’s performance followed an introductory workshop on swing dancing and most of the workshop participants and instructors remained with us after their workshop to dance to our musical performance.

Our band had an excellent time entertaining the crowd as you can see from the photos of the event which follow…..

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Our ensemble was pleased to be joined at this event by Gabe Gouveia, who had generously donated a good portion of the group’s regular repertoire of arrangements, who played keyboard with us (photo below), and his son Jonathan on bass.

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Photos & Notes from the March 19 “Maplewood at Mayflower” Event

On March 19th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble performed at a private event for the Maplewood at Mayflower Place Senior Living Community in West Yarmouth.   This was the second performance by the Sound Dunes for the Mayflower audience, and based on the positive feedback of those in attendance, there may be a third in the foreseeable future.   Our band and vocalists had a great time entertaining the residents and, as you can see from the photos of the March 19th event which follow,  so did those who were in attendance…..

Clearly, a good time was had by all!

Photos & Notes from the Feb 15 “D-Y Newcomer’s Club” Event

On Wednesday, February 15th, The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble performed at the February meeting of the Dennis-Yarmouth Newcomer’s Club.  D-Y Newcomer’s are a group of individuals and couples who have settled in Dennis or Yarmouth and are looking to make new friends.  In addition to these interesting monthly meetings, the club schedules other Special Events, Group Dine Outs, and Community Theater Outings.  The event was held at the Yarmouth Senior Center on Forest Ave in South Yarmouth.  Attendees tapped their feet, sang along, and occasionally danced to SDSE music and enjoyed a variety of light refreshments provided by the club.

The photos which follow are from the February 15th event:

Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!