Jamming with the Survivors Swing Band

DSC00256 Nearly 100 people turned out on Tuesday afternoon for a trip back to the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, when the Survivors Swing Band treated us to some of the most nostalgic songs of those eras.

The crowd clapped their hands, tapped their feet, and sang along to songs such as “Night and Day,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” a cha-cha style “Tea for Two,” “Angry,” “Always,” “All of Me,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Ain’t Misbehaving,” perhaps the crowd’s most favorite: “Moonlight Serenade,” “My Blue Heaven,” “Tangerine,” “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans,” and ended with “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

The Survivors Swing Band is aDSC00255 7-piece ensemble made up of recent retirees and senior citizens, calling themselves the “Survivors” in acknowledgement of some of the original band members who had passed away, as well as in recognition of those beloved old melodies that remained favorites despite the passage of the decades. The band members are Jeremy Alston (Drums), Jules Bashkin (Alto Sax), Greg Butko (Reeds), Lauren Humpage (Bass, Vocals), Dave Mechler (Cornet, Trumpet), Bill Steinhauser (Banjo, Guitar) and Sandra Wittman (Piano). For more information about the Survivors, visit their web site: http://www.survivorssb.com/

With such crowd interest aDSC00270nd enthusiasm, the band extended their set by half an hour to the delight of everyone in attendance. One concert goer summed up the afternoon’s experience: “What a nice treat!” We couldn’t agree more, and are already looking to when we may be able to bring the Survivors back for another concert. Back by popular demand would be putting it mildly!

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