Boston's own Riverboat Stompers are easily the most exciting proponents of New Orleans Jazz in the Northeast. The Riverboat Stompers have entertained thousands at traditional jazz concerts at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Quincy Market, not to mention weddings, town Parks & Rec' concerts, retirement communities, funerals, and political rallys. They've appeared on WBZ, WGBH, the Regatta Bar, and the Mall at Chestnut Hill. This is a no-holds-barred crew of musicians that entices their audiences into enthusiastic foot-stomping participation.
The instrumentation usually includes trumpet, trombone, clarinet, piano, drums, tuba, banjo, and sometimes fire siren, Klaxon horn, kazoos, etc. Vocals are frequent and usually done with great humor (or irony). If the setting is appropriate, the band offers up commentary and historical tidbits on the tunes - with a large dose of fun added.
For stage concerts and outdoor events, the full ensemble is recommended as this best reflects the origins of the music, recreating how it was played in the 1920's. The band can also be scaled down in number to accommodate your budget or space limits at your venue. Need a trio? We'll do that! Instrumentation can be modified should your party or dance wish to focus on swing rather than traditional jazz. We will determine with you the instrumental combination and band size that best satisfies your circumstances.
Steve Straus - Director (or other) (Clarinet / Saxaphone & Vocal),
Larry Baxter (or other) (Trumpet / Flugelhorn & Vocal),
Frank Batchelor (or other) (Trombone & Vocal),
Phil Hower (or other) (Piano),
Richard Malcolm (or other) (Drums),
Pierre Lemieux (or other) (Tuba / String Base),
Dave MacMillan (or other) (Banjo & Vocal)