Artist of the day: Southwest Senior Band
Based at the Soutwest Recreation Complex in Largo, the Southwest Senior Band brings together about a dozen local musicians about 65 to 85 whose repertoire includes Broadway tunes, patriotic songs and big-band classics.
The band began meeting in January. Originally, coordinator Elaine Brown planned on creating a casual kitchen band like the one she operated for the city from 1988 to 1995 at the old Senior Center downtown.
"In the old Largo Kitchen Band, we used everything from kazoos to pots and pans,'' she said.
But not in this band. The Southwest Senior band has members who have played with everyone from Peter Frampton to Burl Ives.
"Our main goal is to go into assisted living facilities to make the people happy and show them music that makes them light up,'' said Brown, 67. "And when we perform, boy, we see so many smiles.''
The Southwest Senior Band meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. The program is open to all levels of musicians, and singers are also welcome. For information, call (727) 518-3125.
For more info on the Southwest Senior Band, click here for Piper Castillo's full profile.