Melbourne Municipal Band offers two holiday concerts


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The Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) will ring in the season with two holiday performances of “Jingle All the Way” with the Swingtimers Vocal Trio as featured performers.

The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at the Melbourne Auditorium at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. There is no charge and tickets are not required. The doors will open at
6:30 p.m.

Concert attendees are asked to bring a new toy (not gift wrapped) or a non-perishable food item to be donated to the South Brevard Sharing Center.

“Our band and audience members look forward to this concert each year,” said Staci Rosbury Cleveland, the conductor. “This is MMB’s holiday gift to our community, and we invite everyone to participate in this evening of great music and fun.”

The concert also features pre-show entertainment by the Sunshine Brass Quintet. Santa also might make an appearance as well.

The MMB was one of only 10 bands in the country selected by the Association of Concert Bands to perform at the organization’s annual convention this past May in Fort Lauderdale.

Tickets also are available for Swingtime’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Holiday Inn Viera. The cost is $110 per person or a table for 10 can be reserved for $1,100.

For more information, call 321-724-0555 or go to melbournemunicipalband.org.

The mission of the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB), established in 1965, is to bring free concerts to area residents and visitors, to promote music appreciation and education — particularly among young people — and to provide members of the band with an avenue for music performance and development. One-third of the band’s 80-plus members are professional musicians. In a typical year, the band serves 20,000 attendees and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.