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NEWS                                             THE THIRD SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
RELEASE                                             Christ Episcopal Church
                                                                   120 S. New Hampshire Street
                                                                   Covington, Louisiana 70433

                                                                   Media Contact: Margaret Mashburn


The Third Sunday Concert Series at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington will present the Swing Set on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 5 pm. Doors open at 4:30.

The trio, all accomplished musicians whose style is reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters, will be backed by a four-piece band. They will perform favorites such as Chattanooga Choo Choo, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie, When it’s Sleepy Time Down South, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Members of the group are Elizabeth Messina Floyd, Ashley Smetherman Lemmler, and Amanda N. Waites.

Elizabeth Messina Floyd has been performing professionally as a pianist and vocalist for over twenty years.  As a teen she got her start performing alongside her father, a professional trumpet player, with the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.  It was here that she was introduced to, and fell in love with traditional jazz and 1940’s big band music.  In addition to Swing Set she may be found performing with local groups including Joe Krown, Jubilation, as well as The Victory 6 and The Victory Big Bands from the World War II Museum.   Elizabeth is a faculty member at Loyola University where she teaches piano and piano pedagogy.  She maintains a private piano studio in her home and through the Loyola Preparatory Arts Program.  Elizabeth is the choir director and pianist at Fitzgerald United Methodist Church in Covington.  

Ashley Smetherman Lemmler has been a professional singer in the greater New Orleans area for over twenty years.  She has appeared in several Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre productions including Once Upon a Mattress, Les Miserables, and A Little Night Music.  Ashley has also performed leading roles in local productions of White Christmas, My Fair Lady, Me and My Girl, The Goodbye Girl, The Mikado, and She Loves Me at Le Petit Theatre, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, and JPASAshley and her husband Michael own the dance band Jubilation, with which she is a featured singer. She is the Choir Director at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville and worship musician at the 11:30 Celebration Mass at Christ Episcopal Church.

Amanda N. Waites is a singer and voice teacher with over 20 years of experience in the musical arts. Her roots are Cajun and her soul is southern being born and raised in south Louisiana. Currently, Mrs. Waites lives with her young family in Montgomery, Texas.  She works as adjunct faculty for Lone Star College-Montgomery Music Department and sings in local and regional venues along the Gulf Coast. As a mezzo-soprano, Amanda has performed in numerous musical productions and is a founding member of the vocal trio Swing Set. As a teacher, Amanda’s students have enjoyed great success in major music schools around the country, Off-Broadway productions, Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, The Voice and even as a finalist in American Idol.

All concerts in the Third Sunday Concert Series are free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 5 p.m. lasting approximately one hour.  A wine and hors d'oeuvres reception follows where the audience may meet the performers. Christ Church is located at 120 S. New Hampshire Street, Covington, at the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park.


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