MISSISSIPPI SWING!

Mississippi Swing! developed as a spin-off  volunteer big band of the non-profit Mississippi Community Symphonic Band. It's original name was the Mississippi Community Big Band but was later changed to name with a little more "attitude." The band (or small army, if you prefer) is a "sight to behold" with an average of  20 volunteer musicians, per performance! Amateur and professional musicians alike participate and, as a result, the band has a distinctive FAT sound with a whole lotta attitude! The band's first performance was at Christmas in Canton, in December, 2004 but the band was officially "born" in January, 2005. Since then, the group has slated 200 performances  - our biggest performance being for an audience of over 3,000 at the Mississippi Coliseum! Never satisfied with just playing the same old thing, the band has developed quite a repertoire that now includes over 170 classic big band tunes, jazz standards, and classic pop charts ("Vehicle" anyone?). The group puts on FREE mini-concerts at Christ United Methodist Church several times during the year, along with the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band. For more info, go to www.mcsb.us. Click on "The Swing Band."  In 2009, Mississippi Swing! was awarded the Key to the City by the City of Richland for bringing big band, jazz and Dixieland music to their community. The band also won the  Otha Turner Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 for providing a brass band for the nationally known St. Paddy Parade, held annually in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. In 2013, the brass band won The Clarion Ledger / O.C. McDavid Trophy for its outstanding performance in the parade. The brass band received the Arthur Mahoney Spirit Award in 2015 and 2018. In recognition of over 10 years volunteer service to the parade, the Mississippi Swing Brass Band was given the honor of leading the 2017 St. Paddy Parade.  Mississippi Swing's original King Edward Stomp was featured on WLEZ Radio FM 100.1's Swing and Sway Radio Program. Composed by MCSB conductor, David Miller, the tune is a tribute to Jackson's own King Edward Hotel, a historic landmark. The MCSB / Mississippi Swing! Musical Instrument Drive to benefit local middle school band programs won the 2016 Governor's Award for Outstanding Community Partnership,  the 2017 MAPE Partnership Excellence Award and the 2018 Governor's Award for Exemplary Community Partnership! Bandleader David Schommer was named recipient of the 2018 Governor's GIVE Award - Arts and Humanities, for outstanding volunteer service.

 

 
 

Trey Bennett and Jim Logan

were recipients of the

Mississippi Swing!

2018 Outstanding Community Service Award!

Trey Bennett

Trey Bennett

Jim Logan

Jim Logan

Flowood Library 2018

10th Anniversary CD is Here!

The Mississippi Swing Big Band 10th Anniversary CD was released May 16th at our Christ United Methodist Church concert! We are almost SOLD OUT! The 15 track CD includes our fan favorites - In the Mood, String of Pearls, Sentimental Journey Chattanooga Choo Choo, What a Wonderful World, and more! Recorded at Allegrezza Piano Company by Vertigo Sound, the CD was mastered by Sam Brady. A special thanks goes to all the musicians who volunteered to make this happen! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to offer this CD for only $10!  The CD package consists of a 6-panel full color wallet, 12 page color booklet detailing highlights of the band and the 15 track CD. If you would like to purchase a CD, contact David Schommer, Director at 601-951-9091.