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LATEST ADDITIONS! - Our next event is in September 2024, followed by jazz breaks in December 2024 and in January and April 2025. All events have 3 nights of music with half board at the fabulous Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay. Also join us for 3 nights on our 'Sounds of the 50s' event at the Bedford Hotel Sidmouth in November 2024.
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Jeremy Huggett's Dart Valley Stompers

The Dart Valley Stompers was formed in 2005 with the aim of playing lively and exciting Traditional & New Orleans jazz and features Award Winning Reed Player Jeremy Huggett on Clarinet, Saxophones & Vocals.

Since its formation the band has proved to be very successful and has built up a strong following with audiences up and down the country.

Based in the South West, The Dart Valley Stompers is one of the most popular and busiest bands in the country. They regularly perform to capacity crowds at Jazz Clubs and Festivals both in the UK and abroad with demands from audiences and promoters that they quickly make a return visit!

With a repertoire firmly rooted in Traditional & New Orleans jazz The Dart Valley Stompers is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and stomping � this is definitely a band not to be missed!

Jeremy Huggett - Clarinet, Saxes & Vocals
Graham Trevarton - Trumpet & Vocals
Kevin Grenfell - Trombone & Vocals
Howard Williams - Banjo & Guitar
Keith Tolley - Double Bass
Chris Stockings - Drums

Here is the band's Newsletter: Jeremy's Jazz Notes (formerly The Dart Board)
Visit the band's new Photo Gallery to see some pictures from gigs.

Jeremy Huggett JEREMY HUGGETT � Clarinet, Saxes & Vocals
Jeremy is the founder and leader of the band and is renowned for his masterly playing of his saxophones & clarinet, his arranging and composing skills and his vocal renditions.

He's been playing music from an early age having learnt flute and piano as a child adding saxes, clarinet and vocals in his early twenties.
As a very young man he won a prestigious award for his playing and served an 'apprenticeship' as a sideman with several nationally acclaimed bands before branching out into leading bands of his own.

Since then, Jeremy's musical career has gone from strength to strength and has seen him playing with famous names all over the UK and abroad including Acker Bilk, Digby Fairweather, Cy Laurie, George Melly, Humphrey Lyttleton, Danny Moss, Tommy Burton, Beryl Brydon, Enrico Tomasso, Jim Fryer, Roy Williams, Dave Newton and the list goes on.

Under his enthusiastic leadership the Dart Valley Stompers have appeared at clubs and festivals throughout the UK and abroad as well as on radio and national TV.

GRAHAM TREVARTON � Trumpet, Cornet & Vocals
Graham provides a strong lead on both trumpet and cornet and also contributes with his vocals. He began his musical career at an early age playing cornet and was soon appearing at concerts as the featured soloist in brass bands.

During this time Graham began to develop a love of jazz. Influenced by the sounds of the early Paul Whiteman Orchestra and Bix Beiderbeck he plays in a melodic & lyrical style whilst maintaining a solid lead.
Graham Trevarton
Graham�s a very experienced musician having worked with several different bands throughout the UK.

Kevin Grenfell KEVIN GRENFELL � Trombone & Vocals
Kevin started his musical career as a boy with the Cornwall Youth Orchestra and brass bands in Cornwall.

With this firm grounding Kevin enlisted at the age of 18 as a musician in the Queen's Own Hussars, Royal Amour Corps and studied for 2 years at The Royal Military School of Music. On completion he returned to the QOH as principal trombone and featured soloist, which involved extensive touring and concert engagements all over Europe.
After leaving the army Kevin spent several years free-lancing in London before returning to the South-West for further study at the Dartington College of Arts where he obtained a B.A. in Music and the Performing Arts.

Since that time Kevin has become well-established and respected as both a trombonist and a vocalist in the UK and tours extensively across Europe with a wide variety of ensembles.

HOWARD WILLIAMS � Banjo & Guitar
Howard is an experienced banjo and guitar player who is comfortable playing all styles of music. He originally started performing in skiffle and folk groups but soon developed a love of jazz.

Howard has worked regularly with a variety of bands throughout the UK playing a range of different musical styles including Traditional & New Orleans jazz.
Howard Williams
His driving style on both banjo and guitar helps to give the Dart Valley Stompers their unique stomping sound.

Keith Tolley KEITH TOLLEY � Double Bass
Keith started playing music from an early age as a self-taught guitarist. Whilst at college he began playing bass guitar in a rock group and was soon performing at local gigs.

Keith developed an interest in jazz as an avid listener of his big brother�s collection of Chris Barber LPs. This whetted his appetite to play jazz and he bought a double bass.
Originally performing local gigs around South Wales Keith later branched out playing all over the UK and abroad in a variety of bands. During his musical career he�s played with some of the country�s top jazz musicians including Digby Fairweather and Alex Welsh�s trombonist, Roy Williams.

Chris comes from a musical family and began playing music at an early age. He is a very versatile drummer and plays a wide range of styles including traditional, mainstream & swing.

Chris attended Huddersfield Music College where he studied orchestral percussion and piano and performed in classical orchestras including a concert at the Royal Festival Hall.
Chris Stockings
Throughout his musical career Chris has worked with a number of different bands playing a wide range of music in a variety of settings including clubs, festivals & theatres. Chris is a listening drummer and provides sympathetic backing whilst continuing to propel the band along with its characteristic stomping style.


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