Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers Jazz Band

Band configurations

The Foggy Bottom Whomp-stompers play in different size bands to fit whatever event you have planned!

It start with the core...

The Foggy Bottom Whomp-stompers play in different size bands to fit whatever event you have planned!  We can play as a trio, quartet, quartet, sextet, septet, or octet.  But it all starts with the core trio–as illustrated on in the image to the right, this consists of a rhythm instrument like a tenor banjo or guitar, a bass instrument like a bass or baritone saxophone, tuba, or string bass, and then a melody playing instrument like a trumpet, clarinet, or soprano saxophone.  The trio is the smallest and most limited of the band configurations.  

... then add some more!

While the trio is fine for some events, the band really shines with a few more instruments. As illustrated in the picture to the right, this includes high harmony instruments like a clarinet or soprano saxophone, a low harmony instrument like a tenor saxophone or trombone, percussion like a drum kit or washboard, and of course a vocalist (or two!).  The more instruments the more variety of sounds and the more polyphony (ie, instruments playing at the same time) which is a key part of the   sound of early jazz. 

Here are some example configurations:

Septet:

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    Tenor Banjo

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    Guitar

  • Bass sax

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    Trumpet

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    Clarinet

  • Trombone

  • Drums

Quintet:

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    Tenor banjo

  • Bass sax

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    Trumpet

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    Clarinet

  • Drums

  • vocals

Quintet:

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    Electric guitar

  • Bass sax

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    Trumpet

  • Soprano sax

  • vocals

Quintet:

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    Tenor Banjo

  • Bass sax

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    Trumpet

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    Clarinet

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    Washboard

Quartet:

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    Tenor Banjo

  • Bass sax

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    Trumpet

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    Clarinet

Trio:

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    Tenor Banjo

  • Bass sax

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    Trumpet

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