The Basin Street Boys
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To college-aged musicians, the idea of going back in time and playing Dixieland music from the times of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, and Sidney Bechet seems like a well-documented history lesson that is best left in the classroom. As the idea was first thought up to have a student jazz combo focus on replicating the Dixieland sound with appropriate instrumentation, we, as prospective members of the group, haphazardly agreed without knowing the elation and longevity that the project would produce. With the help of top-tier Midwest trumpeter Dr. David Cooper, the basic roles of each instrument in the standard Dixieland instrumentation were learned. Along with his advice on Dixieland cohesion as a band, Dr. Cooper provided us with suggestions of the most well-known original song titles of the genre so we could get a feel for what this music is all about. The first songs we learned were the Original Dixieland One-Step, St. James Infirmary Blues, and Basin Street Blues. These tunes have become the backbone of every gig.

A little more about the members. . .

Our drummer Alec Schielke was excited to switch to the title of percussionist when the thought of adding cowbells, a car horn, slide whistle, a washboard, and a duck call to his arsenal was mentioned. Alec is currently enrolled in the Palmer College of Chiropractic, with a goal to have his own practice in the future. Other members of the band include Tyler Pimm, a classically trained trumpet player with jazz chops to match, was asked to take one for the team and play banjo for the group. Having experienced playing guitar in a rock band, Tyler was up to the challenge of figuring out the band’s banjo needs and does so while taking every joke we throw at him on the chin. Tyler is also on call anytime we want to change up the pace and decide we would like to hear piano on a tune. Tyler is currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota-Duluth studying Composition. Tim Ekenberg is also a classically trained trumpeter, and is the heart of the horn section. Playing the melody on almost every tune, Tim fills his role with vigor and his own style. Forming the other half of the key to this group along with the banjo is Eric Murphy on the sousaphone. “Murph” is a low brass expert having studied with world renowned tuba player Mike Forbes. Eric has a goal to work and/or run his own instrument repair shop. The unmistakable sound of a trombone slide up to a note on our tunes is the work of trombone player Dan Vale. Dan hails from Monroe, Wisconsin and is studying Trombone Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Teke Heinschel plays a combination of clarinet, soprano saxophone, and tenor saxophone for all of our performances. Pursuing advanced playing on the clarinet was sparked for Teke by this Dixieland endeavor, as he was strictly a saxophone player before joining the group.