The High Street Stompers Dixieland Band was formed in 1987 when all the original members were Professors in the School of Music at The Ohio State University. The band members then were Tom Battenberg, trumpet; Jim Pyne, clarinet; Gary Carney, trombone; Paul Robinson, banjo and vocals; Bob LeBlanc, tuba; and Jim Curlis, drums. Tom Battenberg and Paul Robinson are the two remaining members of the original band. The other current members of the band are Michael Cox, clarinet, who joined the Stompers in 2006; Vaughn Wiester, trombone, (2003); Sid Townsend, tuba and string bass, (2000), and Jim Rupp, drums, (2011). That’s A Plenty is our 4th album and we hope you enjoy our efforts!
TOM BATTENBERG (trumpet) is a Professor Emeritus of The Ohio State University, where he was a member of the School of Music faculty from 1966-1992. He was the Assistant Director of the School of Music for five years and directed the award-winning OSU Jazz Ensemble for twenty years. He is principal trumpet in the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and retired in 2016 as principal trumpet in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra after playing for 50 years in the CSO.
MICHAEL COX (clarinet) is Professor of Saxophone in the Capital Conservatory of Music, where he has taught jazz styles and analysis, improvisation, music theory, and coached jazz and chamber music groups since 1990. Michael performs with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Brasileira, Capital's faculty jazz group Spectrum, and the eclectic quartet Magically Delicious.
VAUGHN WIESTER (trombone) is a former instructor of Jazz Studies at Capital University. A former Navy trombonist, he has been a member of the Dave Workman Blues Band, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and toured for two years with the Woody Herman Band. Currently he is active as a free-lance trombonist and arranger and performs with numerous organizations in the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus areas. Vaughn is founder and leader of the 21-piece Famous Jazz Orchestra.
PAUL ROBINSON (banjo and vocals) is Professor of Double Bass in the School of Music at OSU. He retired from the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus after 30 years and is a former member of the Opera House Orchestra of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He has performed, conducted a variety of workshops, or delivered presentations in Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Brazil.
SID TOWNSEND (tuba) taught instrumental music in the Westerville School System for twenty-five years. He is a graduate of the OSU School of Music and is presently on the adjunct faculty at Capital University. He is a member of the Columbus Broadway Across America pit orchestra and continues to play the tuba, stringed bass, and electric bass with Columbus' finest jazz and classical musicians.
JIM RUPP (drums) has done extensive touring with the bands of Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, and Glenn Miller and is the drummer on three Woody Herman CDs. Jim spent eight years with the Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Diane Schuur and has also performed with artists such as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Joe Lavanao, Hank Marr, Buddy DeFranco, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney,and Natalie Cole. Jim is the President of Columbus Percussion, Inc. and currently teaches at OSU.