Mood Swings Big Band - News / Blog
Excited to be here for tonight's Hollywood Gala with Woods Services! Check out these pics - definitely one of the more unique venues we have had the pleasure playing!
Settling in for what's bound to be a beautiful night here at the Sulgrave Club in DC. Congratulations to our latest Mood Swings bride and groom!
The decor is stunning and has us ready for the holidays! Check out these photos!
Kicking off one of our favorite evenings of the year with our friends of the Harford County Public Library Foundation! Come on - how often do you get to be this loud in the library?
Diggin' the theme this year! A play on the notorious tv show: House of Cards! Stay tuned, more pics to come!
Great news mood swings fans! We are back at Boordy Vinyards and Naylor Vinards this summer.
07/11/15 Open to the Public - Boordy Vineyards Hydes, Md 6:30PM - 9:30PM
2015 Summer Concert series - Mood Swings 1
In the swing of things
It’s the first Friday of the month at the Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park, Md. The room is packed; it’s standing-room only. The band members, dressed in tuxedos and formal wear, take the stage.
With that, music fills the room as the 18-piece band begins to harmonize. Saxophones, trumpets, and trombones sway back and forth, and as the night goes on, the energy reaches a fever pitch. Audience members move on the dance floor and in their seats—and so does the band.
Welcome to a performance by Mood Swings.
The swing begins
In 1995, Ken Stastny, ’90, received a phone call from his former high school band teacher, who wanted to know if Stastny could sit in on an up coming performance with a dance band at the Dundalk Heritage Fair. He also hoped Stastny knew a few musicians who could join him.
He did. Stastny was a member of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band (which kept playing together long after the team left town). Word got out, and he had enough people interested to put together his own band. Before they could perform, though, the gig was cancelled. “Everyone was disappointed,” Stastny recalled.
So they decided to have their own show, and on July 15, 1995, they played their first performance at Stastny’s birthday party.
In its early days, Mood Swings rehearsed at Loyola. After playing what Stastny calls “the triple-header Nursing Home Tour” for three local nursing homes, College Manor loved them so much that they invited the band to play there regularly. With a standing gig, the band also began to hold regular rehearsals.
Mood Swings’ first paid gig was a wedding, which they played for $300. At the time, they wanted to do “real” gigs, so they told people the price was whatever a DJ would charge—but they guaranteed the music would be better. The bride and groom liked Mood Swings so much, they tipped them $1,000.
All in the family
Today Mood Swings is comprised of 28 members, including five female and two male lead vocalists, a five-piece rhythm section, 13 horns, and a three-man sound and stage crew.
Of them, eight band members have ties to Loyola. Besides Stastny, there’s Mike Sheridan, ’90, MBA ’94, who also serves as the band’s chief operating officer; Sam Fine, who was an adjunct in the math department; James Reidy, ’03, MBA ’09; Mike Barry, ’05; Wayne Kern, ’77; Xavier Cole, former assistant vice president for student development; and George Wright, associate professor emeritus (Wright recently retired from the band.)
“Seven vocalists allow for a complete range of styles—from Sinatra to Beyoncé; Sade to Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind, and Fire to Led Zeppelin; Katy Perry to Sam Smith, and back again,” said Stastny. Mood Swings has gone from playing birthday parties and nursing homes to performances at two Bush family weddings in Kennebunkport, Maine, and the White House, as well as a decade’s worth of Loyola’s Alumni Bull & Oyster Roasts.
“The leadership cadre of Mood Swings works hard to keep the band’s repertoire current,” said Wright, who was recruited in 1995 by Stastny when Mood Swings’ original baritone sax player left the group. “Time is spent not only on rehearsing the tunes, but also on rehearsing the choreography and tailoring the outfits.”
In the end, the genre of the music doesn’t really matter. “It’s all about connecting with the audience,” Stastny said.
Playing to the crowdHow have they lasted for 20 years while other bands have fallen by the wayside? Their friendships with one another and their relationship with their audience.
“Ask anyone who has seen us perform, and they’ll be almost immediately amazed at how unique we are with our constant energy, choreography, dance moves, and crowd interaction,” says Stastny.
“I never stop loving those expressions of amazement at the folks on the dance floor who look like they’re having the time of their lives… with a band that’s having the time of their lives, too!”
Our first Friday event at Chartwell Country Club has been cancelled this evening due to weather. Roads are looking better, but with the cold this evening, it is too risky with the roads freezing up. Stay tuned for possible future dates.
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Baltimore-based Mood Swings Big Band announces First Fridays performances at Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park, Maryland in conjunction with the Mood Swings 20th Anniversary Celebration
Baltimore, MD --- Mood Swings Big Band announces that as part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration it will make a special return of its popular “First Friday” performances. Mood Swings invites you to join us on the First Friday of the month at Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park, Maryland. The first of such performances will be held on Friday, February 6th. Doors to the event will open at 6:30 pm featuring a wonderful performance by Mood Swings from 8pm to 10pm. There is no admission cost for this event. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
Mood Swings Big Band, formed in 1995, will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary and as part of this celebration is bringing back the ever popular “First Fridays.” First Fridays was a staple of the early success of Mood Swings Big Band back in the late 1990s.
“We were searching for a special way to give back to the community as part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration. …And what better way to do it then to allow our friends, family and fans to come see us in an intimate environment…..up close and personal,” said band president Dr. Jack Vaeth. The choice of locations could not have been better given Chartwell’s proximity to our fan base in Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. This will also give potential clients of ours a unique opportunity to come see us live and in person.”
The performances, so far which have been set for each of First Friday, February 6 and First Friday, March 6 will be recorded by eBranding Group which has partnered with Mood Swings during its 20th Anniversary Celebration and to expand the marketing outreach of Mood Swings.
“We look forward to working with this outstanding group of entertainers,” mentioned Mr. Charles Tucker III, owner and founder of eBranding Group. “These First Friday performances will give us a unique opportunity to capture the magic of a Mood Swings performance and to produce an outstanding media entertainment and promotional package. We’ll be there recording the whole thing, the band, the show, the music, the fun, the dancing….all of it.”
Chartwell Country Club which is located in Severna Park, Maryland features a terrific ball room and lounge experience for club members and guests of Mood Swings for this First Friday series. Chartwell features elegant views, ample parking and the ease of direct access to the ballroom and club facilities.
“We’re excited for this opportunity to enjoy the outstanding performances of Mood Swings and to showcase what Chartwell Country Club offers to the community. I’m sure that everyone will have an outstanding time enjoying the band, the dancing and our club. Mood Swings has performed at the club in the past for weddings and all of our folks love them. And now, we’re excited to have them back,” said Chartwell General Manager, Mr. Michael Fay.
Each of the First Friday performances will be theme-based so as to capture the various genres that Mood Swings is able to offer potential clients. These themes include Big Band, Motown, Classic Rock, Disco, Country/Pop…and more. As each First Friday date approaches, Mood Swings will announce the theme. So come prepared to have the time of your life!
About Mood Swings
Mood Swings Big Band, based in Baltimore, Md. takes a rockin’ rhythm section, screaming horns, cool vocals, hot harmonies and adds high energy and outstanding personality. Dazzling audiences along the east coast and mid-Atlantic regions for twenty years, Mood Swings turns any event into one to be remembered. Mood Swings is an experience that shows you what it is like to go Beyond the Music. Mood Swings can be found at www.MoodSwings.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moodswingsbigband. Mood Swings is located at 829 West Padonia Road, Cockeysville, Md. 21030. (410) 252-4924.
About eBranding Group
eBranding Group is a full service brand consulting and design firm located in Baltimore, MD. Our mission is to serve our clients, large and small, with the same passion, integrity, loyalty, and effectiveness – without the high expense normally associated with this level of service. Services include Web design, Video Production, Graphic Design, Search Engine Optimization, Brand Development and much more. eBranding Group has partnered with BMMG, Blue Mountain Music Group, to provide major label marketing and design support as well as distribution for local bands that show high levels of talent and drive to succeed.
Media outlets interested in partnering in the Mood Swings 20th Anniversary Celebration should contact Charles Tucker III at (410) 530-0137. www.eBrandingGroup.com
About Chartwell Golf and Country Club
Founded in 1961, Chartwell Golf and Country Club is one of the finest country clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region. There is a very real sense of relaxed refinement, gracious style and unpretentious heritage. Chartwell’s amenities are designed to assure you, your family and friends quality leisure time. The clubs facilities are maintained at a level that is commensurate with its fine reputation.
Membership by Invitation Only:
By direction of the Club’s Board of Directors, Membership at Chartwell Golf & Country Club is by invitation only. Every Club member has the right and privilege to propose friends and associates for membership in their Club. This maintains the exclusivity of a Private Club Membership.
Chartwell is located at One Chartwell Drive, Severna Park, Md. 21146. (410) 987-0400.