The Lehigh Concert Band is back.

Swing meets Dixie

The January concert will be a little different format than usual and the first half will feature the 14 member Southwest Florida Swing Band composed of musicians from across Lee County who will perform Big Band classics that you all know including Glen Miller’s In The Mood and Pennsylvania 6-5000, Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train, and Benny Goodman’s Moonglow. The music is designed to bring back memories of the Big Band era when Swing was King. Dancing is encouraged.

The second half of the program will feature the Blue Dirt Dixieland Jazz Band. This five member group of local musicians has been playing Dixieland music in the Southwest Florida area for decades.
It is sure to get your toes tapping with such Dixie classics as Basin Street Blues, Bill Bailey, Tipperary, and When The Saints Go Marching In.
The performance is a not to be missed concert of two great bands playing music that is still popular today .

The concert will be Sunday January 15, at 3:00 P.M. at Sweatlock Hall at Faith Lutheran church, 705 Leeland Heights Blvd. Lehigh Acres.

All concerts are free with donations accepted.

We have selected some great music for this our 37th year of bringing music to our local community. You are going to hear some Dixieland, some Broadway musicals, some Gershwin, instrumental solos, some light upbeat music, some impressively difficult music, and of course some marches, marches, marches. Last season the band was able to increase both it’s membership and the audience and we are hoping to keep those gains and grow even more this year. The band scheduled a Christmas carol sing along event at Fountain Crest Retirement Residence and New Life Assembly of God and has the support of the Chamber of Commerce to promote the Arts of Lehigh Acres.

The band is always looking for enthusiastic musicians of all ages who enjoy getting together to create a combined sound that is music to our audience’s ears. This season we will be focusing on having more fun with our audiences and trying to grow our strong group of regular concert goers that support local music in our area.

Sooo . . . . if you play now, or have played in the past, a musical instrument at a high school, college level or above, and are looking for somewhere to express your talent in a fun, no stress environment with others like you, we invite you to come and check us out on Tuesdays at 7:00 P.M. Contact the President for rehearsal location.

Orrrr . . . . if you enjoy listening to a wide variety of concert music performed by local musicians who live in your neighborhood, we invite you to come and listen to one of our concerts and enjoy the feeling music can bring to your life.

Lynne Criss                                                                                                                                                                                       lynnejazznut@aol.com