The Original Shepherd's Pie Dixieland Band

Dixieland worship service at Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton, August 31, 2003.  
Left-to-right:  Robert Stevenson, tuba; Peter Wells, clarinet; Bruce McLeod, trumpet;
Steve Piermarini, trombone; Frank Austin, drums; Lorrie Carmichael, banjo.
Photo credit:  Linda Larrick.



The Original Shepherd's Pie Dixieland Band is a group of serious amateur musicians, located west and north of Boston, who enjoy playing Dixieland music together, with digressions into blues, swing, ragtime, and jazz.

We're more interested in music than in money.  Most of our performances are freebies for nonprofit community and charitable events, but if anyone else is paid for their services at a given event, we expect to be paid too.  We use the proceeds of paid gigs to buy new charts for our library, to contribute to charities of the band's choice, and occasionally to treat ourselves to a concert featuring our idols, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band.

Book the Original Shepherd's Pie Dixieland Band for your next festival, business function, wedding, party, or benefit!  See the sections below for much more information about the band.

Reception for The Gong Show at Springstep in Medford, September 24, 2004.
Left-to-right:  Peter Wells, clarinet; David Larrick, piano; Paul Lewis, tenor saxophone;Carl Strathmeyer, trombone; Larry Panzeri, trumpet; Frank Austin, drums.
Photo credit:  Linda Larrick



Upcoming gigs

Dixieland worship service at Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton, August 31, 2003.
Left-to-right:  Robert Stevenson, tuba; David Larrick, piano.
Photo credit: Linda Larrick.





After Dixieland worship service at Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton, July 31, 2005.
Back row left-to-right:  Carl Strathmeyer, trombone; Frank Friselle, tuba; Tom Ruggles, banjo.
Front row left-to-right:  David Larrick, piano; Billy Christofero, mascot; Larry Panzeri, trumpet; Paul Lewis, clarinet; Frank Austin, drums.
Photo credit: Linda Larrick.

Instrumentation


Clarinet, sometimes doubling on saxophone (soprano, alto, or tenor)

Usually we have a second reed player (alto, tenor, or baritone sax) and sometimes a third

 

Trumpet


Trombone


Piano (either a real one or a synthesizer)

Usually a banjo or guitar

Tuba (or acoustic or electric bass)

Drums



 A couple of us will grab a microphone and sing occasionally, but we're mostly an instrumental band.

Even in our smallest, 6-person configuration, we take up a fair amount of space.  We aren't as loud as a rock band, but we're louder than a string quartet!

Dixieland worship service at Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton, July 31, 2005.
Left-to-right:  Tom Ruggles, banjo; Frank Friselle, tuba.
Photo credit:  Linda Larrick.



Dixieland worship service at Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton, August 31, 2003.
Left-to-right:  Peter Wells, clarinet;
Robert Stevenson, tuba; Bruce McLeod, trumpet;
Steve Piermarini, trombone; David Larrick, piano.
Photo credit:  Linda Larrick.

Personnel

Unlike traditional Dixieland bands, we' re at least partly a reading band.  Some of us are most comfortable playing from entirely written-out charts; some like to improvise solos, but read well too; and some can fake it all.  We maintain an extensive library of well-arranged charts, plus some less formal lead sheets.  Depending on which personnel turn up for a gig, you'll hear a very different band every time.

Rather than try to distinguish between regular band members, frequent substitutes, and occasional guest players, here are some of the musicians who have played with the band in recent years:

The following alumni are no longer active in the band.  We remember them fondly, we're grateful for the traditions they have passed along to us, and we would welcome them back at any time:


Do you play a Dixieland instrument?  Would you like to sit in with the band sometime?  It could happen, if you'll just let us know.

Lexington Battle Green, Patriot's Day, 2013

Left-to-right: Larry Panzeri, trumpet; Carl Strathmeyer, trombone; Frank Austin, drums; Peter Wells, clarinet; Robert Stevenson, tuba; Chip Beauvais and Andy DiDonato, tenor saxophones

Hidden from view: Jim White, keyboard

Photo credit: Andrea Strathmeyer

Reception for The Gong Show at Springstep in Medford, September 24, 2004.
Paul Lewis, tenor saxophone.
Photo credit:  Linda Larrick



History

As an outlet for his interest in this style of music, Pastor (and clarinetist) Bill Heuss of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton recruited members of his congregation to play the various instruments required. The word "original" in the band's name is now ironic, since every founding member of the band has moved on and been replaced, in some cases three or four times over -- and in most cases by musicians who have no affiliation with the church.

The relationship between church and band remains a mutually beneficial one. The band plays several gigs for the church each year, including a summertime Dixieland worship service (with traditional hymns arranged for the band's instrumentation) as well as the annual Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) pancake supper.  The church provides rehearsal space, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience.

Selected past gigs:



Dixieland worship service at Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton, August 31, 2003.
Left-to-right:  David Larrick, piano; Frank Austin, drums; Lorrie Carmichael, banjo.
Photo credit:  Linda Larrick.





Repertoire

From Dixieland Beat II "oldies but goodies", arranged by Zep Meisner, Belwyn Mills Publishing Corp.

1. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street ("all the little birdies go tweet, tweet, tweet")
2. Dixie Down Beat (in the absence of a sax, cut F, i.e. take 2nd ending)
3. Who's Sorry Now?
5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
8. New Orleans Masquerade (tag:  drum break, then repeat last 8 bars)
10. Coney Island Washboard

From Dixieland Beat:  a folio of Dixieland Orchestrations, arranged by Bill Howard, a publication of Edwin H. Morris & Company, Inc.

12. Basin Street Blues (optional vocal at C, continues at D first time)
13. High Society
17. When the Saints Go Marching In (optional vocal and extended solos at D) (Encore:  drums lead in to pickup to G) (short version:  start 4 before C, no pickup)
18. Weary Blues
22. Tin Roof Blues

From Dukes of Dixieland, Belwin-Mills Publishing Corp.

28. Farewell BluesT (omit E, G, I, and K)

From The Heart of Dixieland Combos New Orleans Style, arranged by Steve Mashburn, Hansen House

30. The Entertainer
33. Muskrat Ramble

34. Peacherine Rag (take all 2nd endings unless you need a clock-eater)

From Exciting Dixieland:  Original Arrangements for Dixieland Band, Columbia Pictures Publications

41. Sunday

From Hal Leonard Dixieland Combo Pack #12, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

55. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

(Not quite sure where these came from:)

59. Wabash CannonballT
60. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
(optional vocal, using Allan Sherman's lyrics, at A)

From Combo Sounds of the Big Band Era, in two volumes, CPP/Belwin, Inc:

61. Johnson Rag
67. Tangerine (optional vocal)
68. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
78. Elmer's Tune (
79. Georgia On My MindS
83. Over the Rainbow
84. 720 In the Books (optional vocal)

From Hal Leonard Dixieland Combo Pack #1, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

1011. Alabama JubileeS (ad lib solos bars 35-50)
1012. Down By the Riverside (optional vocal, using Allan Sherman's lyrics) (ad lib solos bars 55-70, marked for Clarinet, then Trumpet)
1013. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (solos bars 38-63 written out first time, ad lib after)
1014. St. James Infirmar (ad lib solos bars 35-42; twice through equals one solo)

From Hal Leonard Dixieland Combo Pack #3, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

1031. Royal Garden Blues (solos bars 44-55; each soloist takes two choruses)
1032. South

1033. Lazy River (take second ending at bar 59:  it's plenty long enough without this very long repeat)

From Hal Leonard Dixieland Combo Pack #6, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

1063. Indiana
1064. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans

From Hal Leonard Dixieland Combo Pack #9, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

1091. I've Found A New Baby (ad lib solos bars 31-62)
1092. Sadie Green, the Vamp of New Orleans (ad lib solo bars 57-60 for Clarinet)
1093. Sugar Blues

From Hal Leonard Dixieland Combo Pack #14, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

1141. Chinatown My Chinatown (ad lib solos bars 41-72)
1142. Mississippi MudS (ad lib solos bars 36-57)

Custom arrangements by David Larrick (sorry, these arrangements are not available to other bands due to copyright restrictions)

3008. Back at the Chicken Shack
3009. Midnight in Moscow
3010. Sweet Georgia Brown
3011. Alley Cat
3012. Hokey pokey
3013. Happy birthday to you

Hymns transcribed by David Larrick.  Most of these are now available for free download.

2001. Just a Closer Walk With Thee (intro: pickup to last 2; four verses)
2002. Shall We Gather At the River? (intro: last 4; four verses)
2003. I Love to Tell the Story (intro: pickup to last 4; four verses)
2004. Precious Lord, Take My Hand (intro: pickup to last 4; three verses)
2005. The old rugged Cross (Dixie version)
2006. In the Garden
2007. Amazing Grace
2008. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
2009. When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
2010. Guide my feet Lord
2011. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
2751. Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit

M = part of our "Sesame Street set"
S
= part of our "Southern set"
T = part of our "train set"


Reception for The Gong Show at Springstep in Medford, September 24, 2004.
Left-to-right:  Peter Wells, clarinet; David Larrick, piano; Paul Lewis, tenor saxophone;
Carl Strathmeyer, trombone; Larry Panzeri, trumpet; Frank Austin, drums; Tom Ruggles, banjo.

Photo credit:  Linda Larrick




Webster:  David Larrick

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