BREVARD COUNTY — One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is listening to cheery, festive music. Melbourne Municipal Band’s ensembles Swingtime and the Adagio Sax Quartet will offer just the right kind of concerts to get patrons ready for the holidays.
Swingtime, a 22-piece big band ensemble, kick off the month of December with its annual Holiday Dance with vocalists Len Fallen and Sally Hart.
The dance is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Tickets are available for $12 and reserved seating at specific tables can be made online.
Want to learn some moves before you hit the dance floor? Dance instructor Laura Beers will offer lessons prior to the dance from 6-7 p.m. for a fee of $5, payable to the instructor.
“We get people into the holiday season with our holiday music and some of our regular tunes,” said Art Martin, conductor of Swingtime. “It’s a joyous time of year.”
The band will play some favorites such as “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Mr. Martin added that the dance usually sells out, and he encourages patrons to buy their tickets now instead of waiting to get them at the door.
Snacks and mixers will be available for purchase, and guests can bring their own beverage.
The Adagio Sax Quartet will follow the dance with its own holiday act at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1903 Croton Road, Melbourne.
While the concert is free, a donation of $10 is suggested.
This will be the first time Adagio Sax Quartet makes an appearance at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, which has recently decided to open up to the public with concerts.
“The Adagio Sax Quartet performs a Christmas show every year if we can, and the music is very inspiring,” said Dave Hutson, founder of the group and the baritone sax player.
“It’s fun to play,” he continued. “We have a pretty broad playlist, everything from the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to ‘I’m Getting nuttin’ For Christmas.’ It’s a little bit of something for everyone.”
The Adagio Sax Quartet is also made up of Andrew Cleaver, soprano and first alto sax; Alissa Kanocz, second alto; and John Babb, tenor sax.
Members of the Adagio Sax Quartet will also members of Swingtime, and will be performing its annual New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the Hilton Melbourne, 200 Rialto Place.
The New Year’s Eve celebration will feature a floorshow during dinner with Swingtimers Vocal Trio – Connie Maltby, Diana Sageser and Dave Hutson. Following dinner, Swingtime will take the stage until 12:30 a.m.
A champagne toast and balloon drop will help guests ring in the New Year.
“I’ve been playing every New Year’s Eve since about 1960, except for maybe two years,” Mr. Martin said. “It’s a fun way to bring in the New Year.”
Tickets are $125 per person, and the event usually sells out closer to the event.
Tickets to Swingtime’s dance and New Year’s Eve show are available online by visiting www.melbournemunicipalband.org.
For more information, call (321) 339-7705.