Melbourne Municipal Band – Providing Quality Musical Programs to Our Community.
For more than 50 years, the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) has performed an exciting variety of musical concerts. The MMB concert band and Swingtime, our 20-piece Big Band, perform popular tunes, themes from Broadway and Hollywood, patriotic songs and marches, classical music, and Big Band 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, Swingtime provides several dances every year, also at the Melbourne Auditorium. The dances are popular events, appealing to experienced swing and ballroom dancers, as well as patrons who just want to listen to a 20-piece Big Band. Tickets are required, and may be purchased at our outlets for a nominal charge.
Also performing as part of the MMB family are our small ensembles: Swingtime Lite, Oh Golly Dixieland Band, Adagio Sax Quartet, Sunshine Brass Quintet, and the Mel-bones. These groups perform at various venues in the area throughout the year. You can read more about our small ensembles on our MMB for Hire page.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, formed a few years ago by Col. Hal Gibson, plays two concerts per year at different venues around the county.
We are especially proud of our youth outreach and education initiatives. Each summer, during June and July, the MMB hosts the Summer Youth Band (SYB) Program, whose membership has grown to more than 100 students from grades 6 to 12. Rehearsals, workshops and individual instruction are conducted by volunteer MMB members. The SYB program culminates with a “graduation” concert at the Melbourne Auditorium. Also, in September, players from the Intermediate Band join the MMB on stage for its regular concert.