The High Street Jazz Band, is an eclectic crew of musicians playing Dixieland style jazz on the main street of Morgantown, West Virginia. Dixieland, which originated in New Orleans, is known for its brassy tunes and improvisation. It features trumpets and trombones, which carry the melody, held together by the rhythm section, which may consist of tubas, drums, and banjos.
The High Street group formed in 2010 when some musicians from West Virginia University’s marching band started killing time with jazz tunes. The result was infectious, and they decided to bring the ostentatious sound to High Street, the center of Morgantown’s nightlife. Today, the University’s marching band continues to be a source of musicians for the Dixieland group.
All told, the band has about 12-15 regular members, but they show up to performances as their schedules allow. The group is open to any musician in the Morgantown area willing to attend the weekly rehearsals.
By Ella Jennings and Lauren Caccamo