The Royale Garden
Dixieland Band had its public debut on January 5, 1997 at the New Orleans Jazz
Club of Southern California. They are one of the “house bands” of the Society
for the Preservation of Dixieland Jazz. Since their debut, they have played
all over Southern California from Temecula to Ventura and from Seal Beach to
San Bernardino for parties, grand openings, concerts in the park, at the jazz
clubs. They have been variously described as a cross between Bourbon Street
and a Las Vegas lounge, but invariably referred to as the band that makes the
They play not only the
traditional jazz of the early 20th century but also many of the
popular tunes of the 1920’s & 30’s. You are always guaranteed a fun time when
The band is a seven-piece band playing the traditional
jazz of the early twentieth century. They are in great demand for private
parties, civic events, high school graduations, weddings, and as feature band
for various jazz clubs. The band is heavily influenced by the recordings of
Lu Watters, a major player in the west coast revival of New Orleans jazz, but
creates its own unique sound sure to set faces smiling and the toes a-tappin’.
You may hear some of the old familiar songs in their program, but you will
also likely hear some of the less frequently heard classic jazz.
The Royale Garden
Dixieland Band is one of the representative bands of the Covina based Society
for the Preservation of Dixieland Jazz which meets monthly at the Pyramid Room
of the Covina Bowling Alley.
As you listen, be aware that one
of the band’s stated missions is to correct composer errors. As a result, you
may not hear songs played the way other bands play them. The reason for that
is that they simply play songs the way the composer wrote them. The Royale
Garden Dixieland Band plays music they way it should have been
written. So sit back and listen to music the way the composers wish they had
The band includes:
Reeds - Rocky Midyett
Trombone - Bob Waner
Keyboard - Frank Greco
Bass - Rudy Eleff (on disabled list)
Bass - John Nickels - long term substitute
Banjo - Kees DeKluyver
Drums - Paul Goldman
Cornet/Leader - Alan Shelton
"Nothing but joy and happiness were generated by the
Royale Garden Dixieland Band"
. Simi Valley Jazz Club
"The Royale Garden Dixieland Band gave us a great show, one that got a warm
reception, including a standing ovation from many of those attending." "They've
. . . Richard Craven,
Society for the Preservation of Dixieland Jazz.
"These performers are as much fun to watch as they are to listen to! The next
time they perform at Rico Coffee you HAVE to come. They played to a packed house
on Friday, October 8th. If you weren't there, you were surely square. Thanks
guys. We love 'ya!"