Our music is traditional Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll and Hip-Hop, as well as original compositions of our own, inspired by “old school” forms.

The youth concerts emphasize contemporary influences on traditional forms. For the bravest students, we encourage joining the performance on stage, whether playing an instrument, singing or rapping. Between songs, band members describe the origins, inventors, mechanics and most famous players of their respective musical instruments. Students who remember ten facts from these educational talks win a harmonica. To prepare students for the event, three written educational prompts are given to each school, and a post-performance questionnaire assesses the impact of the event. Copies of our own concise 38-page music handbook are available on request, and we work individually with students interested in pursuing music studies, by providing lists of nearby music schools and scholarship opportunities. In 1984, Bassist/Composer/Vocalist Howard Rich created Saturday Night Bath Band. The unique name refers to the fact that a hundred years ago, many country folks had no indoor plumbing —and even many city-dwellers lacked hot water heaters. So families had to boil water to take baths on Saturday night, in order to be fresh for church on Sunday morning. We share this bit of history to provide a context for the music we play—for contemporary youth who may never have witnessed a live professional band in action before. Saturday Night Bath’s cultural performances began with local art festivals, highlighted by opening the Olympics Arts Festival. Concerts for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs started in 1987. During this early period, the Saturday Night Bath youth ensemble performed in municipal centers such as Barnsdall and McGroarty Art Centers, as well as now- famous clubs of the era like Hop Sing’s, Madam Wong’s and Club 88. The Saturday Night Bath Concert Fund received federal non-profit status as a 501(c)(3) in 1993, with the ID number 95-4441563.

Our first juvenile hall concert took place in 1986 at Los Padrinos in Downey, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Since then, we have given over 540 interactive concerts at continuation middle and high schools, local juvenile halls and probation camps throughout the state. In recent years, we have emphasized performing at sites for pregnant teens. We also offer an elementary-school music education program, “A Quick 100 Years of Music,” which shows the progression from the blues, created in America during slavery times, to the music of today. By the end of 2016, Saturday Night Bath had connected directly with over 36,000 at-risk young people.

Seven veteran concert and recording musicians form the core of Saturday Night Bath Band: Howard Rich (Bass/Vocals), Markus Brox (Drums/Vocals), Dave V. Holland (Baritone and Tenor Sax/Flute), Michael H. Rosen (Harmonica/Vocals), Chris G. Ross (Percussion/Vocals), Harlan Spector (Keyboards), and Darrin Yarborough (Guitar/Vocals). When funds are available, additional on-call musicians playing bass, guitar, percussion and woodwinds can be added to the ensemble. A high-energy acoustic Dixieland and Swing ensemble can also be called together for festivals and senior centers.

The youth concerts emphasize contemporary influences on traditional forms. For the bravest students, we encourage joining the performance on stage, whether playing an instrument, singing or rapping. Between songs, band members describe the origins, inventors, mechanics and most famous players of their respective musical instruments. Students who remember ten facts from these educational talks win a harmonica. To prepare students for the event, three written educational prompts are given to each school, and a post-performance questionnaire assesses the impact of the event. Copies of our own concise 38-page music handbook are available on request, and we work individually with students interested in pursuing music studies, by providing lists of nearby music schools and scholarship opportunities.

  • Our Thirty-One Years Of Concerts and Clinics have Reached Over 36,000 Youths.