Swing Junction

Swing Junction

May 4, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is all ages

The historic Milton Theatre is a uniquely diverse venue where you will find the best local, regional, national, and international talent. Free municipal and on-street parking are available. Full bar and light food options available. This facility is fully accessible.

Swing Junction
Swing Junction
SWING JUNCTION…It's a Swing Thing, will recreate the music of the best swing bands including the classic songs within the great American songbook and songs from the newer neo-swing movement (Big Bad Vodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer, Royal Crown Revue) etc . What you can count on is that all the music presented will have a strong danceable groove along with lots of space for dancing.

SWING JUNCTION is a eight piece band that includes trumpet, sax (alto, tenor, bass), and three rhythm section members (piano,bass drums).All the players have a strong connection to the Cape Henlopen School District.

Leading the musicians will be Cody Leavel who has just spent four years touring with the Count Basie Big Band and who is also a Cape Henlopen High School graduate. Kevin Van Syckel is long time sax player from the Dover area. He has been the school band instrument road salesman and manager for B&B Music and a sax teacher for many of the area's finest players. Rob Barbarita, former Cape Henelopen High School band director and currently music director at Beacon Middle School in Rehoboth will be on Sax. Completing the horn section will be trumpet player Craig Striet Originally from Philadelphia and son of Philadelphia Big Band legend/leader, Al Raymond, Craig has decades of experience playing in swing dance bands.

Joining them will be Jennifer Barbarita on Piano. She holds Bachelors and Masters of Arts Degrees in Classical and Jazz Piano and currently plays in the Delmarva Big Band. George Freeman will be on Bass and is from Philadelphia, PA. He is currently working on a Doctorate of Bass Performance at Shenandoah University. The drum duties will be filled by Ken Schleifer ,a recently retired music teacher for both the Indian River and Cape Henelopen School Districts. He has previously toured with many well known groups.

Chris Burkhart- Trumpet
Rob Barbarita- Saxophones
Cody Leavel-Saxophones, Clarinet and Vocals
Kevin Van Syckle-Saxophones
Jennifer Barbarita-Piano
George Freeman-Bass
Ken Schleifer-Drums and Vocals