Happy Hour Sound Bytes 2019-2020

Welcome to the 2019/20 Series! Once again we are offering five entertaining concerts designed to stimulate your appetite for music as well as relax you for the weekend. As with every year, artists from the Kingston area and guests from farther away share their musical talent and passion in five concerts encompassing: classical, jazz, string and wind music.

From October to May, you can experience the joy of live performance of various genres – for the same incredible price as last year! $50.00 for all 5 concerts

October 4, 2019 Time to Swing! 
The Swingmasters kick off the series with all your favourite tunes from the Golden Age of Swing. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged!

November 8, 2019The Magic of the Santur 
Do you know what a Santur is? Come and hear the award winning Iranian born musician and composer, Sadaf Amini introduce you to the beautiful and rich sounds of the traditional hammered dulcimer-like instrument from Iran with roots as far back as 1600 BC in Mesopotamia.

December 6, 2019Salute to Canadiana
Come and join Chris Alfano and Katie Legere as they celebrate the beautiful bassoon and clarinet music of Canadian composers (and bassoonists!) Bill Douglas and Mathieu Lussier.

Back by popular demand we again break for winter so that those of you who escape the cold can still enjoy our series in the spring!

March 6, 2020 – Motley Crow!
Bask in the rich sounds that could only come from four professional bassoonists. This new Ottawa-based bassoon quartet features Katie Legere, Ben Glossop, Orlando Corabian and Elliot MacDonald playing everything from Bach to the Beatles!

April 3, 2020The year is 1720  
Come and experience wind music of the baroque era played on period instruments with harpsichord. Trio Sonatas with Katie Legere (baroque bassoon) and Bill Egnatoff (baroque flute) and some lush alto sax with Chris Alfano.

Series information

All concerts will be at 5:00 pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street

Your $50 subscription gets you entry into all 5 concerts

Single concert admission is $15 at the door. Children shorter than a bassoon are admitted free!

Reserve your key tag today – email Chris at alfano@cogeco.ca or Katie at legerek@queensu.ca


Click play to listen to the Swingmasters

Whether you’re hosting your office get-together, throwing a lavish party, getting married or celebrating another special event be sure to include The Swingmasters … the very best in musical entertainment

swingmasters-croppedStarted by Al and Jim Rolls of Hamilton in the early ’50’s, Swingmasters is an 7-9 piece ’40’s “big band” style dance band comprised of Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Rhythm Section, and Vocals. With additional personnel we become a classic dance orchestra with strings.

We play Swing, Bossa Nova, Light Rock, Waltz and Polka styles always suitable for dancing.

This group is designed for dancing and a big crowd and is ideal for large office Parties and large elegant weddings where only live music will do.

Swingmasters ballroom OrchestraSwingmasters Ballroom Orchestra

This is a 22 piece dance orchestra that can perform everything from Swing Music to Strauss Waltzes like a real Hotel Orchestra of Yester Year. It is a full big band with 8 strings for a lush sound that cannot be surpassed for class and elegance by any other group.

Chris Alfano, Leader


The rate for this group is $900.00 (7 piece band) for the first hour and $400.00 for each hour proceeding.

Swingmasters ballroom Orchestra
Rates are negotiated.


* rates apply to engagements withing the Kingston area. Contact us to get a quote for out of town engagements.