Jeremy Huggett (reeds) Ron Milward (tr) Graham Trevarton (t) Tony Mann (b) Howard Williams (g, boo) and Chris Stockings (d)
Jeremy Huggett formed Dart Valley Stompers in July 2005 with the intention that the band would play lively, exciting music in the New Orleans and Traditional styles of Jazz.
The six piece line-up featuring some of the top musicians in the U.K. quickly gelled into an efficient unit and established a reputation in their native South Devon. They are now in demand throughout the U.K. and regularly receive repeat bookings from Jazz Clubs and Festivals. They have also toured in France and Spain and issued four C. D’s. An ideal band for Jazz clubs, Jazz festivals, corporate functions, in fact any venue or occasion requiring top-class entertainment.
JEREMY HUGGETT, founder and leader of the band, is renowned for his masterly playing of his instruments, his arranging and composing skills and his vocal renditions. He’s been playing music from an early age having l earnt flute and piano as a child adding saxes, clarinet and vocals in his early twenties. As a very young man he won a prestigious award for his playing and served an “apprenticeship” as a sideman before forming his first band, the very popular “Band Of Gold” which, under his enthusiastic leadership has appeared at clubs and festivals throughout the U.K. and abroad as well as on radio and national TV.
RON MILFORD is a trombonist and vocalist of vast experience having played with many bands at clubs and festivals throughout the U.K. during the past forty years. He was with The Teign Valley Stompers when they won TV’s “Opportunity Knocks” beating Cannon and Ball. Recently he’s been busy working freelance in several New Orleans and Traditional Jazz bands and is in demand as both a “slideman” and vocalist.
JOHN WHITLOCK is a musician with a wealth of experience having learnt piano, banjo and guitar as a youngster. After playing in rock bands in the 1960’s he joined the Army and played in dance bands. Since leaving the Army he’s played with many bands at clubs and festivals throughout the U.K. He was also an “Opportunity Knocks” winner with The Teign Valley Stompers. He leads his own band, “Banjorama” and is a busy freelance musician playing banjo and guitar with local and national bands.
LUKAS DRINKWATER is a session upright and electric bass player who has been gigging full-time since he left school. Whilst working as a professional musician he has toured Europe extensively with various jazz, folk and pop outfits and is a regular on the Traditional & New Orleans jazz scene in the South West. When he’s not performing on bass, Lukas works solo as a singer/guitarist.