The Band

A historic picture of the band at the ruins of the famed Okay Record Co. in Richmond, Indiana

Fred Starr: clarinet, tenor sax
A founding member of The Ensemble, Dr. Starr played the Mississippi riverboats beginning in 1957 and is the biographer of New Orleans' premier composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

David Boeddinghaus: piano
Classically trained under Hans Graf, James Tocco, and John Ogdon, Boeddinghaus is a graduate of Indiana Conservatory and performs with Leon Redbone and Banu Gibson. In addition to regular appearances in New Orleans, he frequently plays major halls in Europe and Asia.

John Joyce: drums
A Juilliard-trained musicologist, veteran of Pete Fountain's band, Joyce is editor of The Jazz Archivist at Tulane University in New Orleans and has recently edited the works of Sam Morgan's Jazz Band of the 1920s.

Fred Lonzo: trombone
A veteran of the Young Tuxedo and the Olympia Brass Bands, Mr. Lonzo is the leading exponent of the New Orleans "tailgate" style of trombone playing.

Robert Nunez: tuba
A fourth generation New Orleans jazzman, his great grandfather, Alcide Nunez was playing jazz befoere 1910. Classically trained Robert is tubist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

John Parker: banjo
Student of LRJE founding member John Chaffe and grandson of Chaffe's teacher, Dr. Edmond Souchon, Parker is a master of the rare six-stringed banjo.

Charlie Fardella: cornet
Master bandsman Charlie Fardella has recorded with the LRJE over two decades. His pure cornet tone and vast knowledge of the repertoire are unrivaled.

Duke Heitger: trumpet
Since arriving in New Orleans a decade and a half ago Duke has established himself as a virtuoso trumpeter specializing in the repertoire of the early new Orleans players.      

Tom Fischer: alto sax and clarinet
Few reedmen anywhere have attained the level of mastery of Tom Fischer, who fronts a small group of his own when not with the LRJE.