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20171122 Swing Street 4514Band leader Bob Comeau plays the alto sax during practice for the Swing Street Big Band. The band performs it's first show of the season from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Texas Theater Ballroom, located at 115 E Newcombe Ave. in Pharr.

Some people enjoy listening to the music performed by the Swing Street Big Band.

Others just can't sit still. They want to hit the dance floor when the 18-piece dance/show band kicks off its 18th season from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Texas Theater Ballroom, located at 115 E Newcombe Ave. in Pharr.

20171122 Swing Street 4545Members of the Swing Street Big Band practice in preparation for their first show of the season, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Texas Theater Ballroom, located at 115 E Newcombe Ave. in Pharr.

Started by Winter Texans, the band has evolved over the years and is currently made up mostly of active and retired music educators from around the Valley, including a few Winter Texans. Consisting of five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums, guitar and female vocalist, several of the musicians are actually directors of award winning high school bands from the area and bring a wealth of the talent and experience to complete the full big band sound.

20171122 Swing Street 4528Dennis Lester performs on the drums during practice for the Swing Street Big Band.

The band plays music ranging from the early big band days of Glenn Miller's “In The Mood,” to the music that will bring you back to the days of your high school dances and "sock hops.”

“We like to cater to our audience and we're happy to take requests from our music library,” said band leader Bob Comeau. “We have two kinds of fans that follow the band. First we have the dancers that range from “seasoned ballroom dancers” to folks who just enjoy being on the dance floor and moving to the music. Secondly, we have listeners who just come to enjoy the big band sound and watch the dancers, while enjoying their favorite beverage with friends.”

20171122 Swing Street 4535James Keltner blasts out some notes on his trumpet during practice with the Swing Street Big Band.

The band has added four new venues to the regular stops they have played for years. Those include Aladdin Villas and Leisure Valley Ranch in Mission, Alamo Rose in Alamo and the Texas Theater Ballroom in Pharr.

Swing Street will also present two “Big Band Christmas Shows” this year at Bentsen Grove Resort in Mission at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, and at Aladdin Villas at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

20171122 Swing Street 4539Connie Crowell plays the sleigh bells during practice with the Swing Street Big Band. Crowell also sings with the 18-piece band that kicks of its season Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Texas Theater Ballroom.

Swing Street Band Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 3, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Texas Theater Ballroom, Pharr (Dance)
Sunday, Dec. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Bentsen Grove, Mission (Christmas Show)
Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Aladdin Villas, Mission (Christmas Show)
Sunday, Dec. 31, NYE 8:30 to 12:30 p.m., Leisure Valley, Mission (Dance)
Sunday, Jan. 7, 7 to 10 p.m., Victoria Palms, Donna (Dance)
Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 to 11 p.m., Cottonwood Country Club, Harlingen (Dance)
Sunday, Jan. 21, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Texas Theater Ballroom, Pharr (Dance)
Friday, Jan. 26, 7 to 10 p.m., Alamo Rose, Alamo (Dance)
Saturday, Feb. 3, 7 to 10 p.m., Aladdin Villas, Mission (Dance)
Friday, Feb. 23, 7 to 10 p.m., Bentsen Grove, Mission (Dance)
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Texas Theater Ballroom, Pharr (Dance)
Saturday, March 3, 7 to 10 p.m., Aladdin Villas, Mission (Dance)
Tuesday, March 6, 7 to 10 p.m., Fun “N Sun, San Benito (Dance)
Sunday, March 11, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Texas Theater Ballroom, Pharr (Dance)

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