History

A big thank you to long time band member Wayne Dodds for supplying photos and background history.

From an E-mail I received from Wayne:

Here are historic Dixie Band photos for your Social Media link.  They are attached to this e-mail, and also shown below.  Only photo # 3 is high resolution at 1 megabyte.

Substitute players only attended when band members were absent, and then the substitutes sight-read the music.  Lock Gibbs (trumpet) was in Hawaii 3 months a year,

So we had 2 trumpet players.  Bob Walker (guitar) was away 3 months each winter, so we had 2 rhythm strummers.  Mel Waddle (tuba) was away every May-Sept so we had spare bass player.

Dixie - 1 - A
Oldest photo, about year 2002 ?? Back row, then front row (left to right) are: BACK: Harvey Malcolm (drums, now deceased), Bob Walker (guitar), Al Crittenden (banjo, vocals), Pat Trudel (professional pianist, now deceased). FRONT: Alex Kaminak (trumpet #2, deceased), Gerry McCann (trumpet #1), Wayne Dodds (slide trombone, and valve trombone, both shown), Wilf Fawcett (clarinet, Alto Sax)
Dixie - 2 - A
Newer photo, about year 2007 ?? Back row, then front row (left to right) are: BACK: Harvey Malcolm (drums, now deceased), Bob Walker (guitar), Don McPhee (banjo, vocals), Rolly Fischer (piano). FRONT: Wilf Fawcett (clarinet, Alto Sax), Lock Gibbs (trumpet #1), Alan Burgesse (trumpet #2), Wayne Dodds (valve trombone, and tenor sax)
Dixie - 3 - A
Newest photo, year 2010 Back row, then front row (left to right) are: BACK: Mel Waddle (professional tuba/bass), Lock Gibbs (trumpet #1), Don McPhee (banjo, vocals), Bob Alexander (trumpet #2), Bob Walker (guitar). FRONT: Harvey Malcolm (drums, now deceased), Wilf Fawcett (clarinet, Alto Sax), Dave Roberts (bass, now deceased), Wayne Dodds (valve trombone, and tenor sax)

 

The band founder, Wilf Fawcett has retired from the band, I did get a chance to interview him. Someday I will transcribe the recording and combine the information with information supplied by Wayne to form a comprehensive history of the band.

Bob Grahame, February 8, 2018