Sun Coast Wind Ensemble Presents: “Musical Memories 1940s-1980s”
The Sun Coast Wind Ensemble (SCWE) performed a concert entitled “Musical Memories 1940s-1980s” on Friday, February 22nd at 2 p.m. at SunCoast Cathedral MCC, 3276 E Venice Ave. (intersection of Jackson Rd.), Venice. Ms. Lynn Cleary is the new director and brings many years of music teaching experience to the ensemble. This musical tribute to the twentieth century’s best big band music, most powerful performers and greatest shows was designed to accomplish just what the concert theme says, bring back memories!
Featured on the program was an all-time favorite “In the Mood,” composed by saxophonist Joe Garland in 1938. This piece is most closely associated with Glenn Miller and his orchestra which produced its most famous recording. Another Glenn Miller piece was “Moonlight Serenade,” composed by Glenn and first recorded in 1939.
Moving forward a few decades, the ensemble performed an Elvis Presley medley which included “Heartbreak Hotel”, the story of romance sadly ended and one of Elvis’ best known tunes. Rounding out the program included pieces celebrating artists such as Benny Goodman, the Beach Boys, Chicago as well as others which triggered some fond recollections.
The Sun Coast Wind Ensemble is comprised of a group of musicians from surrounding towns and counties. Musicians from Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Englewood and Arcadia combine their talents to form this talented concert band.