Friday, Oct 4, 2013 7:30 PM
Welcome! Get your tickets to this fantastic benefit to help the Traverse Area Homeless and Enjoy Some Great Jazz Music! Since forming in 1981, the St. Louis Stompers have played a mixture of Chicago and New Orleans style traditional jazz and Dixieland, reminiscent of Bix, Jelly Roll and King Oliver. This is their second visit to Grace Episcopal Church - and it proves to be another sell out crowd !!! Get your tickets before it's too late !!!
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Meet the St. Louis Stompers
Pat is a veteran jazz player. He has probably played with every jazz group in the St. Louis area and was a charter member of Jean Kittrell and Red Lehr's Old Saint Louis Levee Band which played for fourteen years on the famous Lt. Robert E. Lee
showboat. Pat has performed throughout the US and Europe. A retired
band teacher, Pat's trombone playing soars and growls the full range of
the instrument. He remains one of the busiest musicians in St.
The only charter member of the Stompers, Jack is one of the finest
drummers anywhere in the country. Jack perfected his drumming skills
during a stint in the Navy and effortlessly shifts from one playing
style to another. One of the most sought after drummers in the St. Louis
area, Jack has played with Steve Allen, backed the Ink Spots and Four
Aces, toured with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra throughout the US, including
Hawaii, and has toured with Jean Kittrell. An avid outdoorsman, Jack
spends much of his leisure time camping, canoeing, and watching
wildlife. He also serves as Band Morale Officer and Philosopher in
Dave plays a driving, crowd-pleasing traditional jazz
piano. He has led his own bands since his high school days and plays
contemporary, rock and swing as easily as he plays Dixie. For years,
Dave worked with the Bob Kuban organization. He has also played solo
Ragtime gigs at venues such as the Ragfest on the Goldenrod Showboat
and at Silver Dollar City, the Chippewa Valley, Blind Boone, Alex Bay,
and Scott Joplin Ragtime Festivals. Dave has served as artist in
residence for the Scott Joplin festival, as director of the Scott
Joplin International Ragtime Festival, the Chippewa Valley Ragtime
Festival, and as president of St. Louis’ Friends of Scott Joplin
Society. A veterinarian by day, Dave also composes ragtime music and
acts as the band’s arranger.
Steve joined the Stompers in 1994 and now leads the band.
Over the years, he played with a number of jazz groups. In fact, a
group he led may have had the longest name of any trad group in the St.
Louis area: The Chamber Music Society of Greater Lincoln County
(picture that on a name tag). Since then, he
has performed with numerous jazz bands including ten years with Jean
Kittrell. He continues to play with the Saint Louis Rivermen,
Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five, and the Old Saint Louis Levee Band. A
retired high school teacher, he also has written three history books
and several magazine articles. In February 2009, Highlights for Children,
America’s premier children’s magazine, published his story “Louis and
the King”, an account of Joe Oliver’s mentoring young Louis Armstrong.
Mike is leader Steve Lilley's identical twin brother. During his 20-year
career in the Air Force, Mike served as Titan missile launch officer
and information officer. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, he now divides
his time among his family, his bird dog, and his clarinet. In his
youth, he played the rural dance halls where large men were thrown
around the room toward midnight. He finds the Stompers' jobs much tamer.
Our older and more settled patrons only throw small men aound and
always long before midnight.
Born to parents who love Dixieland Jazz, David grew up listening to
recordings of Sammy Gardner and Muggsy's Sprecher's Gaslighters. These
greats from St. Louis' legendary Gaslight Square inspired David to
immerse himself in traditional jazz. In the fifth grade, he joined the
school band playing trombone, an instrument he continues to play with
the Jacksonville, Illinois Symphony Orchestra. When David and some of
his high school buddies organized their own Dixieland band, he took up
the sousaphone. His trad. sousaphone playing led to a musical
association with festival favorite David "Red" Lehr and the
irrepressible Jean Kittrell who encouraged David's jazz ambitions. Over
the years, David has played with some of the top trad bands in the
midwest and now lays down the bass line for the St. Louis Stompers
Classic Jazz Band.
By day David owns and operates an auto repair shop, restores and
drives classic cars, and plays traditional jazz every chance he
gets...which is more all the time!