The Stone Arch Jazz Band was born on 12/12/2015, but its history started in September 2014 after Richard had put out a call for Traditional Jazz musicians to come and jam. What he did not expect was that after a few meetings, some members of the small group started suggesting friends to join the group until they nearly had a full band.
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!). After adding a banjo and tuba, the sound of the band was complete.
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.