Carl Gerhard recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service. Carl’s musical background is extensive, it includes many years as Commander of the Navy Band – Northeast Region. His true love, however is playing traditional jazz in the New Orleans style. He has replaced Alan Shapiro, who retired, as Musical Director of the Dixie Diehards jazz Band.
Bill Dube grew up in Rhode Island where he played sax and clarinet in swing combos and big bands. His primary teachers were Bill Rossi and Attilio Poto. He’s played with the USMA Jazz and Concert Bands, 88th Army Band, and Jack Jessie’s Big Band. In addition to the Diehards, Bill also plays with the Sharon Concert Band and Roy Scott Big Band.
Paul Peterson, our tenor sax player started learning the reeds in the 4th grade. During his formative years on the reeds, he was a member of both All-State and All-New England Championship Bands. In fact, his musical skills were of a level that he was invited to play in a local college band while still in junior high school. After graduating high school, Paul joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard, and served in Viet Nam. He spent 30 years in the Guard, and played in several military bands. During that time, he added flute, trombone, and trumpet to his expanding musical skills. For the last 34 years, he has been teaching music in the Bridgewater–Raynham School District. He has been a member of many bands (too many to list), however he plays regularly with the Downtown Players, a blues band from Bridgewater. He and his wife Kathy reside in Taunton. They are parents of a son and a daughter, both young adults. We are delighted that Paul finds time to add his unique touch to the Dixie Diehards. His sax solos never fail to put a big charge into an audience.
Ron L’Herault recently joined the Diehards, and resides in North Attleboro MA. He has been active playing traditional jazz for many years. The first jazz band he played with was the Scollay Square Stompers, headquartered on the North Shore. He’s currently the first call sub with the Canobie Lake Park Dixieland bands, and a sub for both the Bay State Stompers (not their regular bone player any longer) and a sub with the New New Orleans Band. I lead the present version of Jim Burke’s Dixie All Stars, Jim having passed way. Although I am usually the “Band Aide” with the New Black Eagles, I have on two occasions played gigs with that band. Ron is a founding member of the Ma. Old Colony Antique Phonograph Society, and has an extensive collection of antique records and recording devices, that date back to the original gramaphone.
Bill KIesewetter Influenced by Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Floyd Cramer and of course, the Dukes of Dixieland, among others. Over the years, his playing has covered Folk, Country, Blues, Ragtime and Honky Tonk styles of music. Today, he enjoys playing a stride piano style with the Dixie Diehards. He attended Jazz Camp for a number of years, and also performed on a couple of Jazz Cruises. Bill is retired from many years in the computer industry and resides in Marion, MA., but winters in Florida. He leads the Flamingo All-Stars Jazz Band based in the Naples area. He has played with many Florida bands including the Marco Island Strummers, the Holiday Park Big Band, Bonita Village Band and more recently, the Dixielanders, based in Ft. Myers Florida.
Chris Wadsworth, from Cambridge & Cape Cod, fell in love with the banjo whileworking a summer job on Squirrel Island, Maine in the 1960’s when he heard Judge MacDonald play with a Dixieland group who summered on the island. After his first night of hearing Dixieland, he headed to the nearest mainland pawnshop and bought a banjo. After learning a few chords, he moved to Buffalo, New York where he joined the Buffalo Banjo Band and played with the Scajaquada Creek Stompers. During the 90s, he was one of Jeannie Kelly’s friends who played at the Colonial Inn in Concord on Tuesday night’s traditional jazz. Having spent 8 years living in Istanbul, he has returned to his native New England, and is happy to be rejoining the local trad jazz scene. Chris also was a member the Stone Street Stummers.
Dolly Fruzetti has a long and impressive list of credits as a piano player and singer. She is well known all over Southeastern Massachusetts. She and her late husband Bob performed together for 45 years. They worked as a duo, with Dolly on piano and vocals, and Bob on string bass. They did a lot of charitable work with this duo, often playing for patients in nursing homes. Bob was also an accomplished sax and clarinet player, and was leader of the highly regarded big band, Old Kids on the Block. Dolly worked with numerous four and five piece groups, and as a soloist. In 1992, Dolly and Bob started a 22-piece dance band, playing music of the 1940’s. In 1999, they started another dance band of 12 pieces. Dolly was the singer in both of these bands. Both bands are still playing and having fun. Dolly says she loves performing with the Diehards, and there’s no doubt at all that the feeling is mutual.
Steve Shaw has been with the band as our Tuba / String Bass player since 2008. Steve has been playing an instrument since the 4th grade, and brings a wealth of playing experience to the band. He was a student of Harvey Phillips and John Coffey. He has been a member of the South Shore Circus Band since 1966, and the United Brass Band ( South shore area) since 1978. Since 1995 he as been a member of the Marion Town Concert Band during the summers, and free lances on the string bass & tuba with many musical theatre productions throughout New England. Finally, Steve is a member of the Peasante Brass, a tuba quartet.Steve resides in Taunton, and runs his own appliance business, when he’s not performing.
Lorri Inglis has been playing professionally since 1982. She was involved with school bands, and then started her own. She started out playing percussion, then quickly graduated to a full set of drums. She’s played in Rock, Top 40, and Country bands, but right now she says she’s having the time of her life playing with the Dixie Diehards. In her words, “This music is fantastic!”. Lorri has owned her own drum store and recording studio, and performed audio work for many bands. She now teaches drums and other instruments. She’s a well known DJ, and formerly hosted comedy shows at Monponsett Inn in Halifax. The Diehards are happy to have Lorri on board. Her energy and enthusiasm help keep the band going, and she’s a great help with the band’s audio needs.