by ARIANA SEANOR
N’awlins, southern slang for New Orleans, is the newest instrumental ensemble within Tiffin University’s music department. The group mimics the style of Dixieland jazz, and despite being the newest group on campus, they have already gained a repertoire for their high energy performances and bayou sound.
Dixieland jazz was first introduced in 1917 by a group called the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Its “Livery Stable Blues” was the first jazz single to ever be issued.
While the Original Dixieland Jazz Band had only five main members, TU’s N’awlins has ten. Under the direction of Ben Herrick, the ensemble has three trumpets; an alto, a tenor, and a baritone saxophone; a sousaphone; a clarinet; a trombone; and a washboard percussionist. Herrick also plays trombone in the ensemble to add diversity.
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