It’s been two long years for the Lighthouse Swing Band.
The group of musicians hasn’t been able to rehearse or play in the same room since February 2020, and now, with the lifting of many pandemic restrictions, is set to return to a summer of live music, dancing and fun.
“The band’s last rehearsal was Feb. 20, 2020,” said LSB musical director Al Mullin. “That’s a long time to go without playing as a group. Individually we’ve been musically active in varying degrees, but we are all eager to get back to playing swing music together in a big band we all love. We recall with nostalgia seeing the happy faces of the dancers at the Beach Pavilion.”
The band is well-known for its weekend performances and dances at the Kincardine Pavilion. For a nominal price, guests enjoyed an afternoon of live music and the opportunity to “cut a rug” with their favourite partner.
The LSB and the Kincardine Brass Band have negotiated an arrangement with the Kincardine United Church to use its facility as practice space. The brass band has not been together since its Dec. 21, 2021 concert.
“Being able to start rehearsing in April in Fellowship Hall at Kincardine United Church is a huge plus,” said Mullin. “This will help ensure that the band will be ready for its dances (seven) at the Beach Pavilion, and concerts elsewhere this summer.”
Performance dates at the pavilion have been confirmed for Sunday, June 26, Thursday, July 14, Thursday, July 28, Thursday, Aug. 11, Thursday, Aug. 25, Sunday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 2. Check www.lighthouseswingband.com to confirm concert times. Ticket prices for adults are $10 and youth under 16 are free.
The community continues to support the band. When it became evident that the 2020, then 2021 dates would all be cancelled, the majority of the band sponsors told KSB to hold on to their sponsorship donation for future use. The group hopes to sign on a few more sponsors before performances begin.
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