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Bassist/Composer/Vocalist Howie Rich created Saturday Night Bath Band in 1984. He began leading two different style bands: one is "Dixieland & Swing" and the other, Rock & Roll for students.
Cultural performances began with local art festivals, highlighted by opening the Olympic Arts Festival in 1987, Barnsdall and McGroarty Art Centers and dozens of LA venues. Concerts for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department began in 1987. The SNB youth ensemble began working in such clubs as Hop Singhs, Madame Wongs and Club 88. Our first Juvenile Hall concert was in 1986 for “Dodger Day” at Los Padrinos in Downey, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. We have given 540 interactive concerts at elementary, middle & continuation high schools, local juvenile halls, and probation camps throughout the state, connecting directly with over 36,000-young people. We also provide an elementary music education program called “A Quick 100 Years of Music", where the musical progression from the blues created in America during slavery times up to the present is explored. LA City, County and State collaborations continue today. When funds are available, additional guitars, woodwinds, brass, percussion, or vocalists are added to the ensemble.
A high-energy acoustic Dixieland & Swing ensemble can also be called for senior citizen centers and festivals. Joining Howie Rich in this ensemble are Dave Holland- clarinet and saxes, Markus Brox - drums, Mike Tulin - guitar, and Dave Winstone - banjo; other great musicians complement this band when it is appropriate.
The “youth” version of the band is in our 31st year of on-site concerts, visiting continuation high schools and detention facilities. We provide vital hands-on music therapy, and in recent years have given preference to pregnant teen sites. Our music is original Blues, Rock & Roll, Jazz, and Hip-Hop as well as traditional “old-school” compositions. Seven veteran recording and concert musicians include: Michael Rosen – harmonicas and vocals, Darrin Yarbrough - guitars and vocals, Dave Holland - baritone & tenor sax and flute and vocals, Chris Ross - congas/percussion and vocals, Mike Tulin – electric guitar & bass guitar and vocals, and Markus Brox - drums and vocals. Contemporary influences are emphasized, and many referrals for arts study are provided. For the brave, the opportunity to join our performance, whether playing an instrument, singing, or rapping is encouraged. Between songs, band members describe the origins, mechanics, inventors, and famous players of their respective musical instruments. Students who remember 10-music things win a harmonica. Three written educational prompts are given to all schools. Three questionnaires assess our impact. Copies of our own concise 38-page Music Handbook are available upon request.