The music of Basie, Miller, Shaw, Ellington and other swing greats will keep your toes tapping at a free concert by the Melody Makers on May 9 at 7 p.m. in the BH-BL High School auditorium.
The Melody Makers, an 18-piece big band based in Burnt Hills, plays the classic sounds from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s-- the songs that comprise the Great American Songbook.
According to Cynthia Shaw, professional instructor and current band leader, the band’s mission is to present live music at concerts, festivals and community events by continuing the tradition of the great swing bands. Shaw says, “In addition to presenting live music, the concert will include some narration of the musical traditions from the swing era. Concert-goers will also be treated to some dances by the Spa Swingers Dance Troupe.”
The approximately two-hour show will include an intermission when refreshments by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Friends of Music will be available for purchase.
The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, 88 Lake Hill Road. Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted for the benefit of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School Friends of Music.
Musicians in the band span a wide spectrum of ages, experience, and career paths, which is common in community bands of this nature.
Shaw says, “While their backgrounds may vary, they share a love for making music and a passion for the big band style. This concert will feature all of the band’s sections, including two vocalists.”
The band was originally formed more than twenty years ago following an adult education program in the Burnt Hills School District.
For more information about the concert or the Melody Makers, call 518-423-2624, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the band’s Facebook page.