The Swingtime Band, under the direction of Art Martin will perform 'Big Band Greatest Hits' on January 12 at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach.

BREVARD COUNTY — Riverside Presbyterian Church, aka “The Music Church,” is offering up an exciting concert for the New Year. Swingtime will perform “Big Band Greatest Hits” as part of the popular Dr. Vernon Boushell concert series.

Although tickets are free, guests will need to reserve their ticket online by visiting www.riversidepres.org or by calling (321) 525-7825.

Swingtime will perform two free concerts scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3400 N. Atlantic Ave.

“Regardless of your age, the Big Band sound is very full and energetic,” said Deacon Mason Gibson, who additionally coordinates the Dr. Vernon Boushell concert series. “For folks of a certain age, the songs that were hits during the Big Band Era bring back great memories when they are performed live.”

Led by conductor and saxophonist Art Martin, Swingtime will certainly get listeners on their feet with hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Sentimental Journey,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and more.

Vocalists Len Fallen and Sally Hart will join the performances, along with The Swingtimers Vocal Trio, which includes Connie Maltby, Diana Sageser and Dave Hutson.

Mr. Martin has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie and The Platters. As conductor of the 20-piece Big Band ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band, Mr. Martin has fueled his passion for music by leading the band through monthly performances and dances.

“Art Martin and the Swingtime Band have a great reputation for authentic Big Band music. They have a roster of players who love to play – and it shows,” Deacon Gibson said.

The Dr. Vernon Boushell concert series is in its 10th season, with several performances from October to June. It was named in honor of the late Dr. Boushell, who sang in Riverside Presbyterian’s choir and organized performances of classical oratorios from Handel’s “Messiah” to Verdi’s “Requiem.”

“For these masterworks, he recruited choristers from the choirs of numerous Brevard churches,” Deacon Gibson said. “He found musicians to form a complete orchestra, provided printed musical scores and conducted rehearsals with all of the performers –before inviting the surrounding communities to attend the concert... for free.

“We continue to build upon his legacy with this free musical gift for the community,” Deacon Gibson continued. “We are the fortunate heirs to all that Vern began – and we are grateful for the many souls uplifted through the blessing of music.”

For more information, visit www.riversidepres.org.

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