THE VILLAGES SWING BAND
The Villages Swing Band was founded in April 2002 and offers
its members the opportunity to play a variety of music while
focussing on the music of the Swing Era.
The group not only thoroughly enjoys rehearsing together every week,
sharing a love for “all things swing,” it also presents public concerts,
dances, and other events. The Swing Band falls
under the umbrella of The Bands of The Villages.
Thursday 2:30 to 4:30pm, Mulberry Rec Ctr
Lew Buckley 860-705-3858
VILLAGES CONCERT BAND
CARNIVAL OF LOVE CONCERT
Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 7pm
This year offers an exciting convergence of two holidays as Mardi Gras falls on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s day. Thus, Jean Butler, the band’s conductor, combined music from both special celebrations and entitled the program, “Carnival of Love”!
This overlap of the two occasions presents an opportunity for blending the romantic songs played on St. Valentine’s Day with the traditional and exuberant jazz numbers performed during Mardi Gras. In effect, the audience will enjoy foot tapping to such tunes as the rambunctious “Carnaval of São Paulo” and then humming along with strains of “My Funny Valentine” and “A Gershwin Tribute to Love”.
Conductor Jean Butler says the romantic and festive concert features two outstanding bandsmen residing in the Villages. Margaret Banton, a professional former military musician, has graciously agreed to be the soprano saxophone soloist for “Danny Boy” and “My Funny Valentine”. Next, Lew Buckley, a retired Coast Guard band conductor, directs his own dynamic arrangement of “The Music Man”. In addition, he is also the arranger for several other sensational selections on the program.
The Valentines-Mardi Gras concert is scheduled at the New Covenant United Methodist Church located at 3470 Woodridge Drive,The Villages. This is an invitation to bring friends, neighbors, and even a sweetheart to enjoy the festive vibes of this combined holiday celebration.
The $15 tickets are available through the band’s website or at the door of the event. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Proceeds from this concert are shared with the Ministries of New Covenant.
For those who prefer to arrive with tickets, the following is the purchasing process:
2. At the top of the page locate a button marked “Tickets”; and then
3. Click on the button and follow the directions
The Villages Concert Band
is active in the area, supporting groups and organizations with the
funds from all concerts.
Jean Butler, the conductor
of The Villages Concert
Band has built a great musical organization here
in The Villages that approaches every playing opportunity with tremendous professionalism. Interested
in becoming a part of The Villages Concert Band?
Jean Butler at email@example.com
Attendance Policy for playing a Concert
As we continue grow
in quality of performance
and quantity of members
it is imperative to have full attendance at rehearsals.
We all know that there are very good reasons why people are not able to attend every rehearsal
and those reasons are respected; however, the following guidelines have been established to insure the highest level of performance that we
can possibly achieve.
Ways to Improve Practice Time
THE VILLAGES SWING BAND CALENDAR
Swing Band Rehearsal Info
Thurs 2:30 to 4:30pm, Mulberry Rec Ctr
Swing Band Concerts 2023-2024
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 7pm
Greek American Club
Lake Miona Recreation Center