Swing Junction to play at Milton Theatre May 4

May 1, 2018

Swing Junction will present It's a Swing Thing at 8 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Milton Theatre. The band re-creates music of the best swing bands including classic songs from the great American songbook, songs from the newer neo-swing movement (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer, Royal Crown Revue) and more.

Leading the musicians will be Cody Leavel, a Cape Henlopen High School graduate who has just spent four years touring with the Count Basie Big Band. Kevin Van Syckel is a longtime 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 Henlopen 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, Striet has decades of experience playing in swing dance bands.

Joining them will be Jennifer Barbarita on piano. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical and jazz piano, and currently plays in the Delmarva Big Band. On bass will be George Freeman from Philadelphia. He is currently working on a doctorate in bass performance at Shenandoah University.

Drum duties will be filled by Ken Schleifer, a recently retired music teacher for both Indian River and Cape Henlopen school districts. He has previously toured with many well-known groups.

Tickets are $15-$20. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 302-684-3038.