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John Chivers on Banjo

A Graduate of Wesleyan and retired teacher of German at Phillips Andover, now living in Wentworth, NH. First played jazz at age 17. Thence 1960's banjo bands, the Bob Connors Band (1967), the Reinterpretation Jazz

Band (1980's) and leader of The Granite Gumbo.



 Dave Cook, Clarinet, Band Leader

A CFA Investment Counselor (self-employed), now retired to Elkins, NH. For whom jazz clicked in high school (1951). Bands played for include the Dartmouth Indian Chiefs (1950’s), the Reinterpretation Jazz Band (1980's), the West Newbury VFA. Marching Band and The Granite Gumbo. Dave also plays sax.


Alden Keyser on Drums and Kazoo

A 38-year career as CFO, hangs his hi-hat at Eastman in Grantham, NH and Sarasota, FL. Alden started his drumming in the fifth grade. A University of North Carolina Tarheel, he has played with The Windjammers, Scituation Swing and his annual Spring gig at the Dalton Club, Newburyport, MA.




Dave Westphalen  on Trombone




Bill Zimmerman on Cornet

A U.NH undergraduate, Miami Ph.D, retired Superintendent of Schools in Hanover, NH and Wayland, MA, lives in new London and York, Maine. First dance band at 13, first jazz at 16. Besides cornet, Bill plays trombone, piano, clarinet, and saxophone. Band affiliations include the Alan Kendall Orchestra (saxophone) and the

New New Orleans Jazz Band (trombone).




Andy Bourke on Tuba/StringBass AUniversityof Maine graduate (B.S. WildlifeBiology), served as an active duty military musician for 26 years.Retired in2009 after 5 yearsas bassist with the U.S.Army's Jazz Guardians.He has played all styles of music from brassquintetto orchestral, rock and funktostraight ahead jazzand swing.






 Barry Bockus, string bass, Dartmouth graduate and retired banker, lives in Norwalk, CT and  Belleair, FL. Barry played in the Dartmouth Indian Chiefs with Dave Cook (1950’s). He's  the regular bass player for the widely acclaimed New Black Eagle Jazz Band. On our 2008 CD, Barry ably filled in for former tubist, Lyle Schubert.


Robin Verdier, CD piano on Old Rockin' Chair,in the CD lives in Belmont, MA. MIT physicist (retired), but still a multi-band "professor" of jazz key board (now in his 4th year with The Granite Gumbo). Robin guest-appears with the GSS not nearly often enough.


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