"As Time Goes By" Swing Band

The swing band As Time Goes By was formed in 2013. Our music includes many well-known songs from the swing era during the days of famous band leaders like Benny Goodman, Harry James, and Glenn Miller, just to name a few. Our music library also includes well-known tunes from famous jazz bands of more recent years such as Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman. Our mission is to provide great sounding big band music of the swing and jazz eras for listening and dancing for a variety of occasions throughout southeastern Connecticut.

Jose Cordero was music director from the band's inception through 2015. Mr. Cordero is a retired member of the U.S. Coast Guard Band and music educator with years of experience playing trumpet with top swing and jazz groups in Las Vegas. Sean Nelson became music director in March 2016 and led us through April 2018. Mr. Nelson is a member of the U. S. Coast Guard band as trombonist, staff arranger, member of the Coast Guard Dixieland Band, and Music Director of the Guardians Big Band. Ray Poncin became music director in April 2018 and currently leads the band. Ray recently returned to his home state of Rhode Island after years in the Los Angeles area as a trumpet performer, vocalist, arranger, and composer.

The swing band is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization as a subgroup of the Noank Mystic Community Band. For more information about the band, its membership, or to inquire about a concert please contact the Swing Band Manager, Al McLaughlin, (860) 908-3637.

Band Leadership
  • Manager Al McLaughlin
    (860) 908-3637
    albertmclaughlin@snet.net
  • Director Ray Poncin