The Juniper Hill Jumpers Jazz Band, led by former Trust president Hill Bullard, was started in 2008 by a group of Southern New England traditional jazz enthusiasts playing once a month for their own pleasure.
They are a mix of professional and amateur musicians, all with band and performance background at various levels. The band name comes from Juniper Hill Farm in Chaplin, where it practices in a barn loft made over into a dance hall.
Our members’ credentials range from playing with the Fred Waring and Glenn Miller bands (under Tex Beneke), and with Connecticut’s own Galvanized Jazz Band, to involvement in community bands and jazz camp bands.
Our members’ past venues have run the gamut from Carnegie Hall to jazz festivals, bars, and restaurants.
The music we play is in the Dixieland style and features show and popular tunes from the 1920s and 30s, blues, traditional Dixieland tunes, rousing gospel numbers, and some country/western. Basically we can play almost anything and do so if we like it.
The band is normally composed of seven pieces, but fluctuates between six and nine. The line up is usually trumpet, trombone, clarinet, piano/keyboard, tuba, drums, and banjo.