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Pelham Locals Swing At Outdoor Summer Concert

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham residents danced and rocked Monday evening in their lawn chairs as the trumpets, flutes and saxophones of the Virgil Scott Swing Band filled the beautiful night air at Town House Park.  Nearly 250 people attended the community event as part of the town’s 10-week annual summer concert series .

“It’s great for the town,” said John Hynes, a detective with the Pelham Police Department who was there with his wife, mother and kids. “It’s nice that the community can get together like this at least once a week free.”

The local detective said the event was great because you’re surrounded by good people and don’t have to worry about a far drive.

With July 4 on Wednesday, "The Star-Spangled Banner" kicked off the concert and it continued with other American classics such as “Over the Rainbow,” “New York, New York,” “Blue Moon” and “Jump, Jive and Wail.”

Michelle Solomon, a coworker and friend of a trumpeter, was one of the residents who could not be contained to her lawn chair and danced during the concert.

“I love it,” said the Bronx resident of the 90-minute concert. “I know all of those songs. It brings back memories of me and my mom and dad. We grew up with this kind of music or just sitting there watching Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland – she’s my favorite – just makes you feel like you want to dance.”

Virgil Scott, who started the band in 1997, said he was glad to see the large crowd, terrific weather and an outstanding performance.

“We’re playing the great American songwriters and a great tribute to the great American bands,” because the biggest contribution to the world has been American music, said Scott, the bandleader and a saxophonist.

“The best part is that we’re still playing and there are people who love this kind of music,” said the proud Yonkers resident. “It’ll go on forever and it’s an important element of what’s going on with music in the country.”

Marshall McDonald, lead alto saxophonist, said he was pleased to be in Pelham with the Virgil Scott Swing Band and that the band was trying to do a lot of classic songs because people love them, including soloist performances.

The next concert will take place Monday, July 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. as Butch Barbella’s Streets of the Bronx Band performs.

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