MELBOURNE, Florida – “Come In and Cool Off” is the theme of the Swingtime Jazz Band’s free concert July 18 and 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Avenue. The event is a Not-In-The-Park Picnic concert and the audience is invited to bring family, friends and a picnic dinner to enjoy.
A breezy summer program will feature such favorites as Limehouse Blues, I Could Write A Book, Come Fly With Me, I Got It Bad, Yesterdays, Northwest Passage, Perdido, and many more. Popular local vocalists Sally Hart, who performed with Lawrence Welk, and Len Fallen, also well known on the Space Coast, will be featured.
The band is under the direction of Conductor Art Martin, tenor and baritone saxophonist, who has performed with Warren Covington, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and The Platters, to name just a few.
Instead of traditional concert seating, long tables will be set up to enable a 'dinner and show' experience and audience members can bring along their picnic dinners. Drinks, ice and snacks will be available for purchase at the concession table.
There is no charge for the concert and tickets are not required. Doors open at 5:30. Call 724-0555 or visit www.mmband.org for more information.
Swingtime, part of the Melbourne Municipal Band, is a 20-piece jazz band, playing music from the 1920s to the 1970s. The for-hire band features saxophones, trombones, trumpets, a piano, guitar, bass and trap set, along with two vocalists and a conductor/announcer.
About the Melbourne Municipal Band
The Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB), established in 1965, plays free concerts for the citizens of Brevard County nearly every month, and also contributes to the community through parades, patriotic concerts and ceremonial performances. Some 30 percent of the band's 80-plus members are professional musicians. In a typical year, the band serves 69,000 concert attendees, and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.