Dixie Diehards Jazz Band References


via email……….Aug. 30, 2014
To: CW at Diehards
From:    Molly Lynch St. John at Linden Ponds:

“Thank you for a truly wonderful performance. Being on the stage, the sound, singing and action took on a bit of a  wild and crazy time! The residents loved you! Let me know if you can return on Mardi Gras.”

To: CW at Diehards Subject: Re: Dixie Diehards at Pond Meadow June 18 2014

Hi Chris;

I wanted to say thank you to you and all the band members for a wonderful performance for us here at Community @ Pond Meadow, Wrentham, Ma.  I think you all did enjoy playing outdoors once the sun went down a bit.  We enjoyed all the songs you did and hope to have you visit us again down the road.

Many Thanks,

Sandy Christian, Activities Chairperson

Community @ Pond Meadow, Wrentham, Ma


What a great job you did last night! Everyone thought your band was terrific and that you made the evening the success it was. Your music was great – someone said to me they wished they could freeze the moment because we could never duplicate the really fun atmosphere that was going on all around us.
I can’t thank you and all the members of the band enough for making this party one that will be remembered by our group for a long, long time.

Bette Hahner
CONCH ( Continuing On New Comers of Chatham & Harwich )
Feb. 12, 2010

“Your talent and professionalism really brought our event up quite a few notches…we could not imagine any better music for a beautiful October day to lift the spirits and put smiles on faces!”

Maria Kent and Chuck Drayton
 Autumn Fest Mansfield, Ma.

“My thanks to the Dixie Diehards for a wonderful concert. You made
our day, our week, our month! I can’t tell you what a good mood you set.”

Elaine F. Jackson, Head Librarian
Norton Public Library

The following comments are from Ron L’Herault  – New England Jazz Web Site (

MaGlockner’s Restaurant – Bellingham, Ma.  June 21, 2007

“The band played to an almost capacity crowd, due mainly to the move from the usual room to a small room off the bar.  It worked to the band’s advantage and they were able to easily engage the listeners with hand clapping and singing along to some of the songs.

The DDs lead off with “Royal Garden Blues” at a nice medium tempo, allowing the listener to savor the harmonies.  They followed that with The Wabash Blues.  This tune was slow paced and full textured, with great harmonic interplay.  Vocals were handled by Dick Jenkins, one of the three banjo players and by Rick Foster, cornetist and band MC.  He, along with trombonist Jim Kelleher wrote the tune that opened the second set, “Aku Aku“, (pronounced Eh Coo), a romantic medium tempo song which I would like to hear again soon. Although the band reads most of the time, this allows them to use some nice arrangements which added variety to many of the well known tunes they played.  A good example was “Muskrat Ramble“, written by Kid Ory.  It had a nice, ragtime feel to it, harking back to the time before this music was called jazz, when bands such as this were ragging the music. Two more tunes should be singled out for special mention.  One is “Midnight in Moscow” which had a delightful Klezmer flavor to it.  The other tune was “Tuck Me to Sleep In My Old Kentucky Home” (Words by Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young/Music by George W. Meyer, 1921).  It is a great tune with fun lyrics and is based on Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home“.  It was quite refreshing to hear a tune that I have not heard done by any of the other local bands.  It’s another one I look forward to hearing again soon.  The band wrapped up this pleasant evening of music and good food at Ma Glockner’s with “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” segued with a rousing version of “The Saints Go Marching In” during which members of the band threaded their way around the tightly spaced tables, much to the delight of their fans and of the patrons in the bar who were keeping a close eye on the proceedings.”

EMail from the Director of the Carlisle Council on Aging – Carlisle, Ma.

Carlisle COA recently invited the Dixie Diehards Jazz Band to entertain at one of our monthly luncheons.  I can’t begin to tell you what a talented and entertaining group of musicians they are.  This is toe tapping, want to get up and dance kind of music!  The musicians are lively and engaging.  Everyone was thrilled with their performance, so much that they wanted them to come back again.  We quickly booked them!

Kathy Mull, Director of Carlisle Council on Aging

“My thanks to the Dixie Diehards for a wonderful concert. You made
our day, our week, our month! I can’t tell you what a good mood you set.”

The Dixie Diehards have eloquently enhanced both our Easter and Mother’s Day Brunch. I would recommend them to any establishment looking for that special something to enhance their function.”
Angelo Diniz, Director of Food and Beverage, Taunton Holiday Inn