bryan Hughes Helios

By Patrice Shields

The Helios Swingtet Orchestra, directed by Dr. David Manson blend their very danceable ‘Big Band’ sound with the Sinatra like vocals of Bryan Hughes for a performance at the Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs this Friday, April 15, 8:00pm. The 10-piece Helios Swingtet Orchestra features singer Hughes and top jazz musicians from the Tampa Bay area. Helios Swingtet’s sound is smart, stylish and great for dancing.

Led by trombonist Dr. David Manson, the group plays a wide range of music including Swing, Great American Songbook standards, Latin jazz, Rat Pack favorites, ballads, Bossa Nova, Dixieland, Tin Pan Alley and more. Vocalist Bryan Hughes lends his unmistakable, smooth as dry martini, voice to the band as they perform Big Band favorite songs made popular by the great Frank Sinatra.

The Helio’s Band is a popular feature in the Tampa area, with performances at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Palladium Theater, Ybor Jazz Festival, Sarasota Big Band Bash, the Salvador Dali Museum and the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival. Bring your best guy or gal along this Friday night because this music was made for dancing and the CPABS dance floor is open for this performance.

Tickets for “Helios Swingtet Orchestra,” are $30 for members of the Centers for the Arts, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door for all. Tickets for “Helios Swingtet Orchestra” can be purchased on-line at or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance including “Helios Swingtet Orchestra.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Patchouli & Terra Guitar: The Landscape of Guitar,” April 22, 8:00pm, “The BonArts Chamber Music Series: Russian/Bohemian Music Salon,” April 27, 7:00pm, “Meet the Composers: Beethoven the Bold,” May 1, 3:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.


WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Helio’s Swingtet Orchestra – Big Band Music

WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2016; 7:30pm
COST: Tickets: $30 members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door for all



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