Founding the VCJB in 2002, Steve leads the band and provides a driving traditional jazz bass line. Steve founded his first traditional jazz band, The Vintage Red Dixieland Band, while attending Indiana University. During summer breaks, the VRDB was featured at venues including Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta, GA, Opryland USA, Nashville, TN and a park concert in Jackson Square, New Orleans ; receivng an 'Honorary Citizen' commendation by the City of New Orleans. Relocating to Tulsa, OK after college, Steve founded and led the Original T-Town Vintage Jazz Band, later renamed the Tulsa Vintage Jazz Band (1982-2001). Over the years, Steve has been featured in a number of traditional jazz bands; from St. Louis to New Orleans, San Diego to Columbia, SC.
An accomplished freelance guitarist, composer, clinician, studio musician and Assistant Professor of Worship and Guitar at Liberty University, Dwight has performed numerous shows and theatrical productions on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele, including live shows with The Letterman, Scott Record, Louise Bellson, The Platters, the Skyliners, Bucky Pizzarelli, the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has recorded with Maurice Williams (Zodiacs), Dennis Williams (Temptations) and is featured on many film and show soundtracks. Dwight holds a Master’s in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina.
Clarinet | Sopranno Sax
Raised in the Chicago area, Dave was influenced by and performed with many great jazz musicians, including the Bill Russo Band and the Chez Paree Orchestra. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from Northwestern University and, upon graduation, accepted a band teaching position in the Fairfax County, VA School system where he led his school jazz bands to outstanding success. While in the DC area, Dave performed with many of the great service band musicians, including Sammy Nestico, Dave Wolpe and Dave Steinmeyer. Upon retirement from teaching, he settled in the Winston-Salem, NC area where he performs with many jazz groups including the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.
Known throughout the Carolinas (and beyond) as a talented composer, arranger, producer, performer, conductor and educator, Dick is perhaps most visible as a performing musician. He has performed with world-class artists and ensembles including Natalie Cole, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Billy Taylor, Teddy Wilson, Peter Yarrow, Rich Little, Henry Mancini, Isaac Hayes, Gregory Hines, Jerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, Warren Covington (the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), Toni Tennille, Jimmy Durante, Carol Burnett, and even the Ringling Brothers Circus. (Full Bio)
Jay is a versatile trumpeter who is well-known in the Piedmont Triad and throughout the Carolinas. He was a featured soloist with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory for ten years, and can be heard on recordings released by that organization. In addition to his talent and passion for traditional jazz, Jay also has a fondness for jazz from the big band era. Jay's collection of the music of Harry James is perhaps one of the world's largest, comprising well over 120 hours of material.