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The Dart Valley Stompers was formed by Jeremy in July 2005 with the aim of playing lively, exciting music in the Traditional and New Orleans styles of jazz.

Since its formation the band has proved to be hugely successful with a strong following throughout the UK.

The Dart Valley Stompers is one of the most popular and busiest bands in the country regularly performing to capacity audiences at Jazz Clubs and Festivals both in the UK and abroad.

The front line features Jeremy Huggett on tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet & vocals, Graham Trevarton on trumpet & vocals, and Kevin Grenfell on trombone & vocals. The hard-driving rhythm section includes Howard Williams on banjo & guitar, Keith Tolley on double bass and Chris Stockings on drums.

The band’s repertoire is firmly rooted in traditional & New Orleans jazz and is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and stomping – definitely a band not to be missed!

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.

THE DART VALLEY STOMPERS are the following musicians:

Jeremy Huggett JEREMY HUGGETT, founder and leader of the band, is renowned for his masterly playing of his saxophones and 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 a number of nationally acclaimed bands before branching out into leading bands of his own.

Since then, Jeremy's gone from strength to strength, playing with famous names all over the country including Acker Bilk, Digby Fairweather, Cy Laurie, George Melly, Humphrey Lyttleton, Danny Moss, Pete Allen, Tommy Burton, Beryl Brydon, Enrico Tomasso, Jim Fryer, Roy Williams 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 provides a strong lead on both trumpet and cornet and also contributes with his vocals. He started on cornet at an early age and was featured as a soloist in brass bands.

Graham soon developed a love of Jazz. Influenced by the sounds of the early 'Paul Whiteman Orchestra' and Bix Beiderbeck, Graham plays in a melodic and lyrical style.
Graham Trevarton
He’s a very experienced musician having worked with a number of bands throughout the UK.

Ron Milford RON MILFORD is a trombonist and vocalist of vast experience having played with many bands at clubs and festivals throughout the U.K.

In the 70s he performed with a band on TV’s “Opportunity Knocks” which they won, beating comedy duo Cannon and Ball.
Recently he's been busy working freelance in several New Orleans and Traditional Jazz bands and is in demand as both a 'slideman' and vocalist.

HOWARD WILLIAMS is an experienced banjo and guitar player who is comfortable playing all styles of music. He originally started performing in skiffle and folk groups.

Howard soon developed a love of jazz and has worked regularly with a variety of bands throughout the UK.
Howard Williams
His driving style on both banjo and guitar helps to give the Dart Valley Stompers their unique stomping sound.

Tony Mann TONY MANN started playing at an early age on trombone and tuba in local brass bands. He later took up the bass playing all types of music including jazz.

Tony first joined forces with Jeremy in 1997 and since then he’s worked regularly at jazz clubs, festivals and private functions throughout the UK and abroad.
With a combination of solid ensemble bass lines and melodic solos Tony is an integral part of the rhythm section.

CHRIS STOCKINGS 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.

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.
Chris Stockings


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