Melbourne Municipal Band – Providing Quality Musical Programs to Our Community
Since 1965, the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) has performed an exciting variety of musical concerts. The MMB concert band and Swingtime, our 20-piece Jazz Orchestra, perform popular tunes, themes from Broadway and Hollywood, patriotic songs and marches, classical music, and jazzy swing selections. These concerts are scheduled every month at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Boulevard. Admission is free and tickets are not required. One-third of our members are professional musicians and music educators. Many of them are alumni of top military bands and nationally known musical groups.
In addition to our full concert calendar, we have dances and sock hops during the year at the Melbourne Auditorium. Swingtime dances feature the Swingtime Jazz Orchestra playing dance music from the swing and jazz era. Our sock hops are dances featuring the Rock & Roll Revue playing music from the 50’s and 60’s. The dances and sock hops are popular events, appealing to young and old as well as patrons who just want to listen to memorable music. Tickets are required, and may be purchased online at our website.
Also performing as part of the MMB family are our small ensembles: Swingtime Lite, Oh Golly Dixieland Band, Adagio Sax Quartet, Sunshine Brass Quintet, the Swingtimers Vocal Trio, the Mel-bones, and 3 Gen Flutes. These groups perform at various venues in the area throughout the year.
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. 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.