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2016 Season Archive


Hey, Folks! Did you know you can support Swingin’ at the Shell on this #GivingTuesday? We are a 501C3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible! SATS is sponsored by Caster Concepts, Parks Drug Store, Team 1 Plastics, The Albion Community Foundation, Trugreen Commercial, and Knauf Insulation. We also receive support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council. It’s planned and organized for the people of Albion by volunteers who love Albion. Your gift will help will go straight to helping us attain our goal of making Swingin’ at the Shell a long-term sustainable organization so that we can continue our summer tradition for many years to come. Just click the donate button on the right hand side. Thank you for your consideration! We wish you all the best this holiday season!

We’re proud to announce a special performance by the USAF Airmen of Note!

United States Air Force Airmen of Note


Victory Park Band Shell, Albion, Michigan


It is our privilege to welcome the USAF Airmen of Note to Albion! Mark you calendars for the special performance: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AT 3:00PM. We are honored that Airmen of Note have chosen to stop and perform in Albion between their performance in the Chicago on September 2nd and then the Detroit Jazz Festival on September 4th. You won’t want to miss this event!

The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, the current band consists of 18 active duty Airmen musicians including one vocalist.

Through the years, the Airmen of Note has presented its own brand of big band jazz as well as more contemporary forms of jazz to audiences via annual tours across the United States, deployments around the world and local performances throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. For smaller, more intimate venues, the Airmen of Note Combo and various individual musicians perform apart from the full band to support military and civilian ceremonial and diplomatic events.

Their commitment to musical excellence has earned the respect of the foremost jazz artists from around the globe, leading to many collaborative performances and recordings with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Doc Severinsen. In 1990, the Airmen of Note established the Jazz Heritage Series, featuring the “Note” in concert with legendary icons of jazz. The Jazz Heritage Series is broadcast to millions over National Public Radio, independent jazz radio stations, satellite radio services and the Internet. In addition, the “Note” produces and delivers recorded music to millions of fans worldwide through hundreds of media outlets. One of the group’s recent holiday recordings, “Cool Yule,” reached #2 on the JazzWeek jazz chart.

As part of The U.S. Air Force Band, The Airmen of Note honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States. The excellence demonstrated by these Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence displayed by Airmen stationed around the globe. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.


2016 Swingin’ at the Shell Concert Series

Hello, Music Lovers! This year marks our 13th season of Swingin’ at the Shell and we are excited to announce the upcoming free summer concert series line-up! All of the following concerts will take place on Sunday’s from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

  • July 17th: Marshall Rotary Band (guest conductor Ed Zentera, retired KCC conductor, will provide us with a great concert full of marches, anthems and classic concert band pieces)
  • July 31st: Steve King and the Dittilies (oldies)
  • August 7th: Shawn Riley Band (classic rock)
  • August 14th: Brian Vander Ark (of the Verve Pipe)
  • August 21st: The Moxie Strings (instrumental wizardry)
  • August 28th: Blackthorn (Celtic)
  • September 4th: Big Boss Blues (featuring Marshall High School student Jacob Kershaw)
  • September 11th: Brena Band (exciting cover band featuring horns, violin, keyboard, electric and acoustic guitar and vocal harmony)

Help us spread the word – we want to FILL UP the park! Did you know you can find us on Facebook? Share our posts on your wall and use the Invite function to let your friends and family know about the concerts. You can like us here:

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None of this would be possible without our dedicated sponsors: Caster Concepts, Parks Drug Store, Team 1 Plastics, Albion Community Foundation, and True Green. Your commitment to Albion is greatly appreciated!

This year, two of our concerts (The Moxie Strings and Blackthorn) are made possible by the Michigan Humanities Council Touring Grants. Thank you for your support!

Get Ready for the 2016 Swingin’ at the Shell Concert Series!

We may still have snow in the forecast, but things are heating up behind the scenes of Swingin’ at the Shell! Help us learn and grow by taking the following survey:

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If you enjoy spending your Sunday evenings at the park, be sure to invite your friends, family and neighbors along. If you’ve never been to a concert, we encourage you to check us out this summer. Like us on Facebook for up-to-date event information, photos, videos and more:

Stay tuned for details – the 2016 FREE summer concert series schedule will be released soon!

Swingin’ at the Shell and our corporate sponsors (Caster Concepts, Parks Drug Store, Team 1 Plastics) love to see the community gathered together at Albion’s historic band shell. Thank you for helping us spread the word!