July 1 – “Concert on the Green”

Village Improvement Society of Dennis presents

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

“Concert on the Green”

Monday, July 1, 7PM 

Dennis Village Green Bandstand
Route 6A
Dennis, MA

Featuring LIVE Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

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The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble will be performing at the “Summer Band Concerts on the Green”, MONDAY, JULY 1ST. This FREE program is sponsored and hosted by the Village Improvement Society of Dennis and is held on the Village Green Bandstand on Route 6A in Dennis, starting at 7:00PM.

In honor of Independence Day, the Sound Dunes will pay tribute to the women and men of our armed services with our rendition of several patriotic songs, along with the help of the audience.  The performance will also celebrate some of the greatest American composers, bandleaders, and vocalists from the 30s and 40s through the 70s.  Audience participation is welcome, so feel free to sing along or get up and dance!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


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 we have attached a video of that 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….

May 17 – FFA Concert Fundraiser

Cape Cod Regional Tech

presents

Future Farmers of America Concert Fundraiser

Friday, May 17th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
351 Pleasant Lake Avenue
Harwich, MA

LIVE Big Band Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

An Evening of Informal Dancing and Fun!!

Swing, Latin, Ballroom, and Pop Music

$10 per person to Benefit the FFA Landscaping Team National Competition Trip

Cape Cod Tech’s FFA award-winning Nursery Landscaping Team has competed with and bested all other schools in MA and is sending that team on to compete in the upcoming 2019 National competition in Indianapolis. This fundraiser will help to finance that effort.


TICKETS available at the door
For questions contact Cassie Madru at 20201648@techstudents.us

Click Here for FFA Concert Fundraiser Flyer

May 11 – Dave Birtwell Memorial Walk — LIVE Music by the Sound Dunes

Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod presents

Dave Birtwell Memorial Walk for Alzheimer’s

Saturday, May 11, 12PM – 2PM

(Walk Registration begins at 11AM)

Brooks Park
Oak Street/Cape Cod Rail Trail
Harwich Center, MA

Featuring LIVE Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

LIVE MUSIC BY THE SOUND DUNES SWING ENSEMBLE! (12PM – 2PM)

Food by Grill Master Ed McManus


Walk benefits patients and families living with Alzheimer’s and dementia problems

Click Here for Dave Birtwell Memorial Walk Flyer

April 26 – Dennis VGC – A Spring Fling Dance

Dennis Village Garden Club

presents

A Spring Fling Dance

Friday, April 26th, 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Yarmouth Senior Center
528 Forest Road
Yarmouth, MA

LIVE Big Band Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

An Evening of Informal Dancing, Singing, and Fun!!

Swing, Latin, Ballroom, and Pop Music

$20 per person to Benefit the VGC Scholarship Fund


For RESERVATIONS Contact Mary Rahal – vgcofdtreasurer@gmail.com
BYOB and Munchies

Click Here for VGC Spring Fling Dance Flyer

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….

February 15 – HCoA Mid-Winter Blast Dance

Harwich Council on Aging

presents

Mid-Winter Blast!

Friday, February 15th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Harwich Community Center
100 Oak Street
Harwich, MA

LIVE Big Band Music of

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble

A FREE Evening of Informal Dancing, Singing, and Fun!!

Swing, Latin, Ballroom, and Pop Music

Open to the General Public


RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – CALL  508-430-7550
Complimentary Refreshments Provided

Click Here for HCoA Mid-Winter Blast! Flyer

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.