Mark is the token antipodean in New River Dixielanders. You’ll always get an honest opinion from Mark as well as some amazing clarinet playing – probably the loudest you’ll ever hear! As well as working in the Forces, he is also an instrument repairer and it is said that he was an extra in the original Crocodile Dundee.
The newest member of the band.
Completing the frontline, we have one experienced trombone player, who asserts that he is the number one jazz aficionado in the band. Roy’s extensive credits include the BBC Elstree Concert Band, the Urban Big Band, City of London Symphonic Winds, Tricity Vogue and the Kix Jazz Orchestra. He cites his musical influences as Miff Mole, Glenn Miller, Keith Christie, Kylie Minogue(!) and Urbie Green.
As the most senior member of the band, Phil not only fought in the Boer War, but he has been with New River Dixielanders from the very beginning. He plays the sousaphone and also takes charge of many of the musical arrangements as well as promoting the band. It has been suggested that he also has lovely knees!
Known as Shortie to his friends, Martin is a guitarist and singer from birth. Tenor banjo is a fairly new pastime and is proving to be quite an integral part of the New River Dixielanders’ sound. He also plays a number of other instruments including French Horn in different orchestras and bands. When he’s not playing music, he spends his time trying to make the perfect loaf of bread, designing software and regularly crashing and burning in romance.
Finishing up the rhythm section – the beating heart of the band – Simon has had a big influence on the New River Dixielanders since he joined; playing various percussion instruments including a washboard; earning himself the name “Soap-sud Si”. Somewhat ironically for a Dixie jazz drummer, he lists his musical influences as Rush, Blue Man Group, Police and Queen.
He also regularly plays for various theatre groups including Top Hat, Me Me, FFBOS and others based in North London.