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Welcome to DesertSwing.com. Add a touch of class to your next event -
whether it be a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or an office party - with
the smooth jazz sounds of Desert Swing. With musicians from all over
southeastern Arizona, Desert Swing has entertained thousands in
Cochise County and the surrounding area with performances in Sierra Vista,
Bisbee, Tombstone, Tucson, Marana, Sonoita, Patagonia, Douglas, Sunsites,
and even as far east as Rodeo, New Mexico.
Started in 1985 by Joe Anton (drummer and band manager), Desert Swing is
proud to help keep the Swing movement alive and kicking. Audiences
varying in age from 2 to 92 (to borrow a little phrase from Mel Torme) have
enjoyed the Big Band sound of Desert Swing, and the Desert Swing musicians
enjoy sharing the fantastic sounds of the Swing era with them.
24 April, 2016 - Come join us this Saturday, April 30, at Veterans Memorial Park in
Sierra Vista, AZ for
Relay For Life!
We'll be playing all afternoon, starting at 1pm! We have hours of music ready to share
with all of you and will be featuring our 18-member big band, our octet (with special
guest Jen Charest), and our 5-piece combo. All in one afternoon! Don't miss it!
25 December, 2015 - Merry Christmas, everyone! We had so much fun playing for the
shopping masses in the Mall at Sierra Vista and all you wonderful folks that joined
us for dinner and dancing at the
Ethel Berger Center,
pics will be posted soon here and on our
14 September, 2015 - Moisés Paiewonsky came down from the The University of Arizona
to help us out at rehearsal tonight. Desert Swing was privileged to be on the
receiving end of the technical skill and insight he provided. A big Desert Swing
thanks goes to you, Moisés!
16 August, 2015 - The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II is approaching,
and Desert Swing was happy for the invitation to participate in the wonderful
ceremonies and events planned in Sierra Community. We were privileged to play at
VFW Post 9972 for the Spirit of '45 Luncheon!
8 August, 2015 - It's always great to see so many great dancers come out and have fun at the
Ethel Berger Center
dinner dances! Thanks to the city of Sierra Vista for all you do!
7 April, 2015 - Sierra Vista does it again with the opening of our new
Canyon Vista Medical Center!
Desert Swing was privileged to play for the VIP Grand Opening party!
1 January, 2015 - It was New Year's Eve and the Desert Swing Combo was very pleased to play at
Mountain View Gardens
for a very appreciative crowd. A good time was had by all! Check out the photos
19 June, 2014 - Desert Swing partnered with the Sierra Vista Parks and Leisure
Services for a free concert in Veterans Memorial Park. It was quite a turn-out!
See for yourself
8 March, 2014 - Members of your beloved Desert Swing played a tribute to Frank
Sinatra tonight with the amazing
Sierra Vista Symphony
Orchestra! Wow, what a show. Thanks to Roger Bayes for having us and thanks to
Jack Harman for the incredible vocal performance!
18 February, 2014 - The Tucson diocese annual Bishop's Appeal dinner was held at
the Sierra Vista Knights of Columbus and the Desert Swing Combo was pleased to
provide some music for the event. Great food, great folks, and a great time.
Lily & Daisy Photography.
1 January, 2014 - What a great show last night! The SKP Saguaro Co-op in Benson,
Arizona had us play in their gigantic club house for all of their residents and
guests! Vocalist Jen Charest did a fantastic job, as usual!
1 December, 2013 - The Mall at Sierra Vista hosted Desert Swing for their annual
Christmas festivities, and we were glad to provide a slew of swingin' arrangements
to help ring in the holiday season. Singers Jack Harman and Jen Charest were
wonderful and it was great to play for such an appreciative audience! Pics of us and them are
20 July, 2013 - The gathering rain clouds didn't deter Desert Swing and their
dedicated and wonderful fans from Saturday July 20th! The city of Sierra Vista
graciously invited us to play in Veterans Memorial Park. Desert Swing played
and the rain stayed away! Pics
18 January, 2013 - Join us tonight at the Buena Performing Arts Center for a
special performance with the Sierra Vista Symphony! Show starts at 7pm, tickets
are $25 with special pricing for families with children ($30), high school
students ($10), and children under 14 (Free!). This will be a fantastic show
featuring over 70 very talented local musicians. Really, if you've never seen
your local Symphony you should! They really are quite impressive!
7 December, 2012 - Thanks to the
Tucson Country Club
for inviting us into your wonderful palace tonight! Rich Holzer sat in for our
regular drummer, Dave Wallace, and singer Jen Charest debuted! What a beautiful voice!
8 September, 2012 - David Healy, working in his own Sierra Vista observatory,
discovered and named main-belt asteroid 172525 Adamblock after
a talented astrophotographer. Healy, who specialized in photographing
galaxies, also discovered main-belt asteroid 72633 Randygroth, naming it after
Mr. Randy Groth himself! The late David Healy discovered the asteroid on March 22,
2001 in his backyard observatory, affectionately called the Junk Bond Observatory
(JBO). Of the 400+ asteroids discovered at the JBO, 12 have been assigned permanent
numbers by the Minor Planet center and 17 have been named.
Look through the same telescope Healy used at the University of Arizona South's
Dine Under the Stars
fundraiser while enjoying food from La Casita restaurant (and while listening to
the swingin' sounds of Desert Swing).
12 February, 2010 - We had a great time at the Valentine Dinner and Dance celebration
out at the Knights of Columbus Hall. There was great food and lots of dancing.
A special thanks to Dave Resto from
The Thunder Mountain Band
- he did a fantastic job for us on drums. Dave also joined us at rehearsal where
I recorded him playing Only You and That Old Black Magic.
You can hear him in the clips I posted of our singer, Vicki Sutera, on the
8 February, 2010 - I've been playing with a little Belkin recorder I bought for
my iPod Nano and actually got some great recordings at rehearsal today. Russ
and I are talking about devoting part of a rehearsal to doing some multi-track
recording (which we'll probably do soon), but for now check out some new
clips of Vicki on the download page.
22 April, 2009 - Today we performed at our home townPublic Library
for their 50th anniversary celebration. It was a great gig with a good turn-out.
And they served cookies (my favorite part). I loved the oatmeal raisin. Yum.
Anyway, our director, Russ Robinson (pictured below on the right), was rendered
slightly dumbstruck when our singer, Vicki Sutera, was talking about one of the
tunes we recently added to our repertoire, "Mr. Zoot Suit". She was
mentioning the World War II Zoot Suit Riots and talking about how the amount of
material required for a zoot suit was considered wasteful when she said,
"wearing a zoot suit was a sign of a rebel." She quickly added, "You should
get one, Russ." Nice one, Vicki.
7 March, 2009 - The residents and guests at the
Cochise Terrace RV Resort
got quite a surprise today. The community manager wanted to do something special
and, instead of just getting a small group of talented musicians together for a
jam session, decided to hire a big band to swing the afternoon away. The audience
started to gather while we were setting up and were wondering out loud if all the
people in dress shirts and bow ties were going to serve them lunch or something!
Turned out those people were us, the Desert Swing Big Band!
28 January, 2007 - A huge thank you to the Sierra Vista Arts and Humanities Commission
for awarding us the Organization of the Year for 2006. We feel honored to
be recognized, especially by such a prestigious group. Band manager Joe Anton
accepted the award today from former mayor Thomas Hessler. Thanks also to our
new mayor Bob Strain, and to Lloyd DuVall for his kind introduction. New gigs
have been added to our schedule and we'd love
everybody to come see us! The
Turqoise Valley Golf & RV Park
in Naco serves up a great dinner and the price is very reasonable. Be sure to
check out our new Photos section!
10 September, 2006 - We'd like to thank the
University of Arizona South and the
Huachuca Astronomy Club for inviting us to play for their "Dine Under the Stars"
charity fundraiser. It was a great night for stargazing and enjoying the delectable
food provided by local vendors. We even have some wonderful
4 September, 2006 - Four new charity events have been added to our schedule!
See our schedule page for all the details and be sure
to check out the photos
from our Huachuca City gig.
1 April, 2006 - After being postponed due to bad weather, we were finally
able to play for Huachuca City. The high winds made things challenging,
but we had a great time. Check out the wind-swept hair in these
24 December, 2005 - Merry Christmas! A couple of pictures have been added
to the slide show at the top of this page from the
Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra
fundraiser dinner in November. It was a great show, we had a wonderful time,
and dedicated singer Deborah Dover performed even though she had just had
surgery! We're all happy to have her around. Next week we'll be doing a New
Year's Eve show for the Far Horizon Tucson Village complete with Christmas
Carols (since New Year's Eve is the sixth day of Christmas).
15 May, 2005 - Thanks to the city of Douglas for allowing us the privilege
of providing entertainment for their 100th birthday party. The Douglas fans
are always so very appreciative, and we enjoy bringing our music to those
who truly enjoy the Jazz and Swing experience. The turn-out was good, the
kids had a great time, and the trees provided plenty of shade on this
beautiful Douglas day. We always enjoy playing in Douglas because your own
trumpeter / flügelhornist / cowboy / photographer
always joins in the fun. Thanks once again, Jay, for honoring us with your
warm, signature sound and tasteful solos.
9 December, 2004 - Shout-outs to all of our new friends at Tombstone High
School. You all ROCK, er... uh, SWING! Although the original, outdoor venue
was quite drenched by an uncooperative Mother Nature, a great time was
still had by all after we regrouped in an alternate location. The audience
was great, the dancing was wonderful, and Desert Swing had a fantastic time
playing for the students and teachers. We hope your fund-raiser was a
success, and we hope to play for you again soon.
Thanks again to the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra for allowing us to
entertain them at their annual fund-raiser and dinner. Many thanks for the
compliments - they mean a great deal to us coming from such fine and
outstanding musicians such as yourselves. And may we compliment you on
your fine dancing! It's always a pleasure to present a show to such an
15 October, 2004 - Desert Swing would like to thank the Southeastern
Arizona Association of Realtors for allowing us to perform for thier
"Roaring 20's" bash at the Windemere Hotel in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Good food, good fun, and fantastic costumes made for a night to
9 September 2004 - A Sierra Vista Herald newspaper article entitled
"Quality of life is city's goal" features a photograph of Desert Swing
pianist Dave Davidson playing during a gig sponsored by the Sierra
Vista Parks and Leisure Services. The photo was taken during one of the
Thursday night performances Sierra Vista hosts over the summer. Bands
donate their time for these shows, and the audiences are always very
appreciative. Desert Swing performed twice last summer with an audience
turn-out of around 200 people attending each show.