The Stone Arch Jazz Band was officially born on 12/12/2015, but it all started in September 2014 when a small group of musicians met for the first time in Richard's living room after answering his ad looking for Traditional Jazz musicians to play music together. Through word of mouth, the group started to grow.
After about a year of monthly rehearsals, the group without a name had a very successful first gig at the MN State Fair (dancers showed up and stayed to strut their stuff!). Soon after that, adding a banjo and a tuba completed the sound Richard had been looking for, and it was time to give the band a name.
The group called itself the Stone Arch Jazz Band after the Stone Arch Bridge at St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, a historic bridge that spans the Mighty Mississippi River which runs all the way down to New Orleans and frequently has been sung about in Traditional Jazz.