Hi, I’m Joel Steadman, and I’m the current manager of the High Street Jazz Band. I primarily play tuba in the band, and I manage the band’s website, social media, and email. I have been in the High Street Jazz Band since 2014 and played on the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 spring tours with the band. I have been an instrumentalist since 2007. I have played tuba for about four of those years as I was a percussionist and trombonist before I started playing the tuba. I am currently minoring in music performance on the tuba as I pursue my undergraduate degree in computer science from West Virginia University. I love playing with the High Street Jazz Band because it allows me to experience the joy of playing music with others without the stiffness and over complication of other band organizations. The High Street Jazz Band has been one of the great joys in my life, and I hope it will continue to bring joy to others for many years to come.
If it has three valves and the mouthpiece is not too large, Larry Schwab likes to tinker with it. Lar plays trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn (fortunately not simultaneously) in the High Street Jazz Band. He lives in Morgantown with his wife Martha and has a couple part time day jobs. When not playing with the HSJB, you might find him hanging out with his talented young friends at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. He is pictured here gigging with the iconic Giant of trad jazz, Louis Armstrong. Lar managed to avoid arrest by the airport police for impersonating Satchmo.
Born at the tail end of the raucous '80s in an area who's only call to fame is a mention in Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn", Alex's first goal was to master the use of something called a "diap-er." And after 12 long hard years he finally moved onto his second lot in life, annoying his older brother with the trumpet. Eventually this horrible prank turned into a love of all things music and the trumpet. This led to an ongoing affair with the french horn and a stint at the WVU school of Music. A member of the orchestra, wind symphony, chamber winds, horn choir, marching band, section leader of the mellophones for three years, numerous accolades and awards...they still left an empty place in his heart. Then in 2010, a part of that hole was filled with the High Street Jazz Band. A genuinely vivacious cold struck him two years later, after which Alex learned he could sing like ole Satchmo.
He has been the lead singer/trumpet ever since.
From the bayou, to the beach, to the mountains Audrey is from quite a few places. She has been playing Tuba since 2007, and has been a member of the High Street Jazz Band since 2015. Audrey is currently pursuing a degree in Marketing from West Virginia University. She is a member of the Pride of West Virginia, the WVU Symphonic Band, as well as a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi- Omicron. Being from New Orleans herself, Audrey loves playing with the band because it reminds her of home. There’s really no place like New Orleans and this far from the Mississippi, the High Street Jazz Band is the closest thing to the Big Easy you can hope to hear.
Tania “(Arc” Kinsel is a Pittsburgher by heart but loves being a Mountaineer. She joined in Fall of 2016 and plays alto and soprano saxophone, tuba, occasionally ukulele, and the voice box in the band. She is majoring in Secondary Education with a focus in English and a music minor. (Arc is also a member of the WV Tuba Corps, the Pride of West Virginia, and she is the Vice President of Membership of the Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. She enjoys long walks on the beach and casually critiquing her favorite Star Trek episodes.
To (Arc, the best part of being in this band has been the music made and the good times had. She knew playing in a jazz band would be a blast, but the regular march outs and the educational tours have brought her so much joy.
Lauren studies about rocks and trees (forestry and geology) at WVU. She’s from a small town in Northern Virginia called Berryville, that is known for its apples, not its berries. She comes from a long line of trombone players going back to her great grandfather, that’s why her dad forced her to play it in 5th grade. Now, she plays the tuba in the Pride of West Virginia and WVU pep band, the bassoon in concert band, and most importantly, the trombone in the High Street Jazz Band. Here is a fact about Lauren: She loves crocs.
Logan “Deey3z (as in Cameron)” Neccuzi
Born and raised in Charleston, WV, Logan has been involved in music since he joined the children’s choir at church when he was five years old. Since then, he’s learned to play the violin, handbells, piano, guitar, ukulele, melodica, trumpet, flute, saxophone, and last but not least his eHarmony horoscope Myers-Briggs one-true-love, the vuvuzela. He also plays the tuba. Logan is a music education major and current member of the Pride of West Virginia Mountaineer Tuba Corps. He is also a co-president of the Presbyterian Student Fellowship, as well as a member of the Fleetwood Brass Tuba-Euphonium Quintet. He joined the High Street Jazz Band on trumpet and jingle bells in 2017. Logan enjoys drawing, cooking, classic rock, playing songs that aren’t Wonderwall on the guitar, long walks into the ocean, no wait, on the beach, and spending time with friends. Venusaur is better than Charizard.
Penelope "Penny" De La Cruz plays clarinet for The High Street Jazz Band and yes her name sounds like actress Penelope Cruz. But even though they're two Latinas with similar names, that's where the similarities end. You see, Penelope Cruz is a beautiful and talented actress and Penny plays in the High Street Jazz Band.
Penny is a journalism and bassoon performance double major, who has lived just about everywhere - from the Riverwalk of San Antonio to the swamps of southern Louisiana to the frigid hellscape of Minnesota - but she currently resides in Findlay, Ohio, which is, unfortunately, the birthplace of Ben Rothlesburger.
Penny marches with the Pride of West Virginia, serves as secretary for the Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, enjoys horrible movies, loves Star Trek, and hates sand. It's rough, corse and it gets everywhere.
Growing up as a native to the Wild and Wonderful State, Connor“DûH-tçh” Capron has always loved anything and everything about West Virginia. All though he can be found picking on the banjo, Connor also is a member of The Tuba Corps in The Pride of West Virginia and studies Music Therapy at WVU. His musical abilities don’t stop at banjo and tuba, but also extend to guitar, bass, and ukulele.
Aside from music, he enjoys backpacking, the color orange, alternative rock (not Nirvana), Chinese food and kangaroos.
Jamal Davidson hails from the urban tundra of Washington D.C., where he graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School. His quest was not over however, and went on in search of the Holy Grail of degrees: a B.A in Music. He graduated from WVU in 2014 and is now pursuing a Master's degree for oboe performance at University of Texas-Arlington. Jamal has been a member of the High Street Jazz Band since 2011.
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art". - Charlie Parker
John Fitzmaurice is an alumnus of WVU and currently teaching general music in Craigsville, WV. As one of the founders and former leader of the band John had made the mission of the band clear, to bring the history and enjoyment of New Orleans Jazz to the next generation. The band's purpose and motto stem from the efforts of John and the other founders of the band, who have gladly volunteered their time since 2010 to further that mission. Serving as vocalist, trombonist, tubist, and banjoist for the band John has always been there to support the efforts of his colleagues.
When asked what he thought would become of the band after his graduation from WVU he had this to say, " I believe that this band is a force for good. We have fun, we make exciting music, sometimes we doubt what we are doing. Every year that we have been together the band has taken strides forward musically and professionally which puts that doubt to rest. Every year we go on tours to schools, churches, restaurants, clubs, festivals, fundraisers, and dances, and every year we do more and more for the community. This band is not an entity meant to be a catalyst for fame and fortune, it is meant to be a driving force for righteousness in our community and in ourselves, for we are doing something beyond ourselves for the purpose of answering a higher call. So, to answer the question, this band will exist as long as our mission remains noble, our music remains a beacon, and our laughter remains open to all."
John's professional affiliations include The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the American Orff Schulwerk Association, the National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Alto, Tenor, and Bass Trombone player, Kenneth Johnson, recently graduated Cum Laude from West Virginia University’s School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. He is also one of three finalists in the 2nd division of the Eastern Trombone Workshop 2014’s National Tenor Trombone Solo Competition. In 2013, he was a winner in WVU’s Annual Young Artist Competition where he performed with the WVU Symphony Orchestra. He later went on to receive an Honorable Mention at the Fort Worth Trombone Summit’s Bach Unaccompanied Solo Competition.
Mr. Johnson is on the Dean’s List of the Creative Arts Center, and also received the Fine Arts Tuition Waiver, and Blue and Gold Academic Scholarship at WVU. He has performed with the WVU Wind Symphony, the WVU Symphony Orchestra, and the jazz trombone group “Osteology.” He has also performed in numerous trombone ensembles, brass quintets, jazz ensembles, Choral Union, Mountaineer Chorale, and the Mountaineer Marching Band. Mr. Johnson serves as a trombonist in the High Street Jazz Band, which has recorded four albums.
Mr. Johnson recently performed with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass for two and a half weeks as part of their Allied Mid West Tour. Kenneth has also performed at the theme park Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. First as the music specialist in the “Rheinfeld Village Band” and “This is Oktoberfest”, and next summer in the “Water Country USA Band,” and the Italian themed show “Mix It Up!” and most recently as Bass Trombonist in the Christmas Town Show “Deck the Halls”
As an educator he is on the faculty of the Fredericksburg Summer Brass Institute, in his home town of Fredericksburg, VA; the trombone instructor at Waynesburgh Central High School in Waynesburg, PA; and a Brass Instructor at the West Virginia University Community Music Program in Morgantown WV.
At West Virginia University Kenneth studied with Dr. Keith Jackson and Dr. Brian Plitnik at WVU. He has also studied with David Parilla of the West Virginia Symphony, Jim Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Craig Mulcahy of the National Symphony Orchestra. He also attended the Michael Mulcahy Seminar at Northwestern University, the Cleveland Trombone Symposium, and the Summer Trombone Workshop at Temple University.
Tenor Trombonist, John Bryant, graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University’s School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education in May 2016. Mr. Bryant is on the Dean’s List of the Creative Arts Center. In his time at WVU, Mr. Bryant has performed with the WVU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Big Band, Little Big Band, Jazz Trombone Quintet “Osteology”, Trombone Choir, Latin Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Pit Orchestras, and sung with the WVU Men’s Choir.
Outside of school, Mr. Bryant has performed with a variety of acts, including sub lead trombone with the Cumberland Jazz Society Big Band, Appalachian Brass Quintet, reggae- influenced Tom Bachelor Band, swing dance combo Quite Frankly, and New Orleans-Style street band The High Street Jazz Band. He has also played a number of pit orchestras, amateur and collegiate, including The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, West Side Story, Street Scene, and Kiss Me Kate.
In addition to performing with The High Street Jazz Band, Mr. Bryant is also the manager, in which his duties include bookings, press releases tours, rehearsals, repertoire, and liaison to Mon Hills Records. With Mon Hills Records, the HSJB has recently released an album, When the Morning Comes; available on most commercial music streaming and download services. One of the Band’s major interests in Music Education, and tours schools in West Virginia each year to bring live music to all ages and backgrounds.
Mr. Bryant is also a multi-instrumentalist, having studied and played tuba and double bass. He has played tuba with the HSJB, Salvation Army, and subbed for the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. As a double bassist, he has performed with WVU jazz combos and the WVU Bluegrass ensemble.
Matthew Kingsbury was born in the arctic tundra of Saskatchewan. He realized at a very tender age that he was an alpha male, which is ultimately why he picked up the trombone. By the time Matthew had graduated from grammar school (prematurely and with honors), he had saved his school multiple times from an onslaught of bear attacks simply by grinning the bears down. He left the school with his big, blue ox and his big red dog to jump over the quick, but lazy, fox who was holding a contest to see if machine could beat man at planting apple seeds. Harnessing the power of the force, the trio managed to subdue the machine, but the realization was made that not everybody could achieve such a monumental feat. Nay, nobody else could have surmounted those odds. What choice then did the humans have? They must be aided by the machines. Forming an alliance with the Borg, Matthew set out to turn the humans of earth into more logical human beings, so they could become as prosperous as himself. The Borg betrayed him, positioning themselves as allies with the Yuuzhan Vong. This was the first real challenge Matthew faced in his entire life, but the combined forces were no match for the "Man Slayer" as he would ironically be named after staving off the invasion single handedly. What the axis of evil did not realize was the secret weapon: a titanium mouthpiece. The sheer sonic levels produced, despite being in the vacuum of space, instantly crushed the entire fleet in a mere instant. In his free time, he enjoys long walks on the beach. Seriously. Bring a tent.
Hi! My name is Adam. Or Seamus. Or whatever you want to call me. Reality is subjective. I starting playing drums in middle school, when I wanted to join the band, but had no desire to learn how to make music with my mouth. I then picked up two pieces of wood and started hitting things with them, and people seemed to like it, so I kept doing it. While marching in the drumline in middle school and high school was a lot of fun, it was the drum set that really drew me in. I would stay after school for hours every day in middle school teaching myself how to play rock beats and fills. But it wasn’t until high school that I became interested in jazz. After diving headfirst into the catalogs of Duke Ellington and Chet Baker, I decided I wanted to try out drumming in the school’s jazz band. And after that first rehearsal, I was hooked. Which is what drew me to this here High Street Jazz Band. I’ve never played music with a greater group of people, and it’s a joy and a privilege to hit things with sticks for them. Music is obviously one of my biggest passions, but the drum set is far from my only instrument of choice. I also play piano, saxophone, guitar, steel pan, and I’ll noodle with anything you put in front of me! My other big passion is hiking and backpacking. I’ve been backpacking all over the country, and my life goal is to visit and trek in all 59 national parks; I’m a third of the way there!
Al hopes to someday perform a world tour with the High Street Jazz Band, own a 1956 Jaguar XK-140 DHC in Baby Blue, and see music well-funded and emphasized everywhere as a core subject in school.
He has been playing “music” ever since he stopped falling off the piano bench at the age of 3. He began singing for nursing home residents when he was 4 and immediately fell in love with the euphoria found in sharing music with others.
Al is a multi-instrumentalist, primarily playing tuba, piano, and soprano steel pan. He is an active marching band and steelband arranger, whose works have been performed by ensembles in at least 6 states and 2 countries.
Al graduated in 2019 in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, with focus in Experimental Aerodynamics, Automatic Controls, and HVAC. He was Vice President of Tau Beta Pi, WV-A, WV Tuba Corps section leader, and self-appointed archivist of the West Virginia University Bands.
A native of Short Gap, WV, he most enjoys the freedom of musical expression afforded by the HSJB as well as the happiness and joy the band brings to our spectators. Al is honored to be able to play his steel drum with this talented group of musicians!
Phillip Jerome Kase, born and raised in the frigid north of Fridley, Minnesota. I am a student at WVU studying Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, and a music performance minor for trombone. I have a diverse background in musical ensembles having played in: the only high school trombone choir in the state of Minnesota, the Minneapolis trombone choir, and the West Virginia University trombone choir. When playing trombone I always remind myself to blow, and not to suck. My other musical experience comes from singing in an all-male show choir The Testostertones, and playing in the combo for award winning Company of Singers show choir. When not playing music or studying I enjoy refereeing soccer, winning racquet ball and badminton tournaments, and long walks on the beach.
Playing in The High Street Jazz Band is a great way to have fun and relax after a busy week. Playing for elementary schools on the 2016 educational tour was an extremely rewarding experience.
A true son of the mountains, Kurt Tennant was born and raised right here, in the greatest state in the Union, Almost Heaven, West Virginia. He would have been a three-time champion of the West Virginia State Liar’s contest, were all of his fantastic tales of heroism and bravery not to inexplicably play out exactly as told, the week following the contest. After trying his hand at soccer with less success, Kurt determined that his powers extended to music, able to produce the most wonderful of music, capable of bringing even elves to tears, at the tender age of 11. He used these abilities to participate in several musical ensembles in high school, including the marching band, concert band, jazz band, percussion ensembles, and several honor bands, including the WVU Honor Band (although they neglected to give him his due shirt, or CD). Once accomplishing everything he desired to in Ravenswood, including becoming the reigning Pizza Champion of the local Pizza Hut, Kurt knew that to achieve proper greatness, a migration to a place of great knowledge, culture, and wisdom was required. This being West Virginia, the only logical choice was Morgantown, WV, the ancestral homeland of the Tennant clan. The major of choice electrical engineering. If trying to achieve the world record level for stress wasn’t enough, Kurt also decided to become involved in other activities, including club tennis, the Student Grotto, and SPACE (yes, you read that right). Most of all, he just tries to have an enjoyable college career with good friends, while keeping his GPA enough to trick the university into paying his bills.