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.
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.