The 18 piece MCB Swing Ensemble represents the larger Milton Concert Band in those venues that are too small to hold the full band and is available for hire for corporate events and private functions.
Under Musical Director Mel Prout's leadership, the group has evolved into a tight, harmonious ensemble with an ever expanding repertoire of covering everything from jazz and blues to classic rock and of course, swing.
The group has performed in senior's centres, community events and at presented the hugely successful Sentimental Journey in 2013. Tickets are now on sale for the Sentimental Journey 2 on March 1, 2014 in MInMaxx Hall at the Milton Centre for the Arts
MCB Swing Ensemble Musical Director, Mel Prout's varied and impressive musical background has helped to shape the MCB Swing Ensemble's musical development.
Upon joining the Air Force, Mel put his musical training to work with several military volunteer bands including the Six Repair Depot Band (now the Eight Wing Band at CFB Trenton). He was Band Master of the CFB Gimili, Manitoba volunteer military band and Musical Director of the 800 Black Forest Air Cadet Squadron Band in Mississauga for 6 years. Mel has also played in a variety of musical groups including trios, stage bands, Dixieland bands, concert and pit bands, and the Eastern Ontario Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his duties as Musical Director of the Swing Ensemble, Mel continues to play in the Milton Concert Band (MCB), and a Burlington Jazz Band.