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.

Swing Band

Tuesday, 2:30 to 4:30pm, Mulberry Grove

Lew Buckley 860-705-3858


After more than a year of not meeting because of the pandemic,

approximately 100 members from the Bands of The Villages (BOTV) came

together early in June to begin “in-person” rehearsals. The reason was to

prepare for the annual 4th of July Patriotic Concert! The Mulberry Recreation

Center buzzed with excitement as the delighted musicians finally were

meeting and playing music again.  

The three BOTV directors: Jean Butler (Concert Band), Ward Green (New

Horizons), and Hugh Wicks (Hometown Band) took turns directing

the enthusiastic group!  Musicians were volunteers from the three bands.

Although many had participated throughout the “lock down” in Zoom 

rehearsals, it was a thrill for them to join colleagues to play music together.

It was an even greater thrill to learn in a few weeks they would play a live

concert for an audience!

The evening of the concert, the band was proudly wearing red, white,

and blue clothing. They were locked, loaded, and ready to play tunes such

as “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars”, “An American Spectacular”, and

American Folks Rhapsody”. The restricted audience of about 80-90 family

and friends outdid themselves by clapping and cheering for the flag-waving


The band’s season concluded with the concert because of the summer break.

In the Fall good news is anticipated when the three bands return to their

usual rehearsals and performances. Check the BOTV websites for

information about performances. It will be a pleasure to once again

recommend attendance at the BOTV concerts—for sure, the bands will be

ready to entertain you!

Ways to Improve Practice Time




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

or 352-751-3401

Attendance Policy for playing a Concert

Attendances at

rehearsals are expectations for

a bandsman to play

in the concerts.

There could be cogent reasons that prohibit attendance at every rehearsal.

However, the band’s

policy to play in a concert include attendance of the

last four rehearsals 

plus the dress


If there are unusual

circumstances that

preclude meeting

the attendance requirements,

a member may

contact the Director

in an effort to obtain

an exemption.

Section leaders are

to be informed about

any granted

exemptions of

the policy.

The Villages Swing Band Calendar




Rehearsals resume on

Sep 23


Oct 20 

Dress Rehearsal


Oct 21 

Combined Concert

with Concert  Band




2:30 - 4:30pm



time TBD


Thurs 7pm

LOCATION __________________________

Mulberry Rec Center

8445 SE 165th Mulberry Ln

The Villages, FL, 32162  


Savannah Center

9545 Buena Vista Blvd

The Villages, FL, 32162


Savannah Center

9545 Buena Vista Blvd

The Villages, FL, 32162




102 Strike Up the Band

96 Hay Burner

263 Quincy and the Count

80 Sugar Blues

117 Groovin’ Hard

105 Rehearsal Blues

106 Gospel John

48 Sam’s Boogie

93 Hey There!

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