Robert Jacobs
Instrument: Accordion, piano
Residence: Duck, NC
Place of birth: Brooklyn, NY
Alumni of: American University and George Washington University Law School
Favorite band or artist: accordionists Art Van Damme and Eddie Monteiro; pianists Bill Evans, Nat King Cole, Wynton Kelly, Harold Danko and Marc Copland
Hobbies/Passions: My passions are my wife and music. My hobbies include travel, sports, theatre, art, movies, reading and cooking
Bio: Robert got his start in the early 1960s playing engagements in New Jersey and New York, including the Catskill Mountain resorts and the 1964 NY World's Fair. During his years in Washington D.C., he played engagements at The White House, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, State Department, embassies, hotels and private clubs, and has a track record too long to list here in its entirety. He has been heard on radio, seen and heard on TV and the internet, and his recordings are available on CD.

Dock Sawyer
Instrument: Tuba
Residence: Manteo, NC

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Marty Griffin
Instrument: Trumpet
Residence: Kill Devil Hills, NC
Place of birth: Edenton, NC
Alumni of: East Carolina University
Favorite band or artist: Changes often but at present: James Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry and Tuba Skinny​.
Hobbies: In addition to playing trumpet I enjoy running, and kayaking​.
Bio: Marty began his trumpet journey in 6th grade and continued to play in the marching, concert and jazz bands through graduation from John A. Holmes High School in 1982. After a long break he started playing again in 1997 with a group of coworkers that became known as Biscuits and Grease, playing at a few popular night spots on the Outer Banks until around 2004. Marty also currently plays with a local ensemble called Lighthouse Brass, performing for churches and community events including a weekly summer  Beach Worship service in Kitty Hawk and an annual Sonrise Easter Service on Jockey’s Ridge with Sail Ministries.

Art Cone
Instrument: Trumpet
Residence: Manteo, NC
Place of birth: Maryland
Alumni of: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Favorite band or artist: Trumpeters: Doc Severinsen, Chris Bode, Chuck Mangione; bands: Chicago, Boston, Journey, Beatles.
Hobbies: Trumpet playing, golf, wake-boarding​.
Bio: Art began playing trumpet in the 6th grade and played through high school and college, and has continued after college playing in various groups as a hobby and to keep up the skills.  Since joining Just Playing Dixieland in 2019, Art has enjoyed the challenge and fun style of New Orleans jazz music.

Gray Pugh 
Instrument: Clarinet 
Residence: Powells Point, NC
Place of birth: Elizabeth City, North Carolina but grew up primaily in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 
Alumni of: University of North Carolina at Greensboro​
Favorite band or artist: Benny Goodman and Pete Fountain​
Hobbies: Teaching is my main passion, but I do enjoy reading a good book or watching a good movie from time to time. I, also, enjoy most things outdoors, like fishing and hiking.

Bio: Gray is currently the music teacher at Central, Griggs, and Jarvisburg Elementary Schools. Having been born in Elizabeth City and raised on the Outer Banks, he is delighted to be working in an area he knows extremely well. When in middle and high school he performed with a youth dixieland jazz band called The Dixie Do Daz for six full years. Upon graduating from First Flight High School in 2007, he started studying clarinet and working on his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. After graduating from there in December 2011, he officially began his music teaching career in Perquimans County at Hertford Grammar School, where he taught music to students in grades three through five. Three years later, he is working in Currituck County.

Drew Sandridge
Instrument: Trombone
Residence: Kill Devil Hills, NC

Place of birth: Winston-Salem, NC
Alumni of: University of North Carolina​
Favorite band or artist: Jimmy Buffett, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Queen, The Band, Motown, Carolina Beach Music, Delta Blues
Hobbies: Playing and listening to music, all things beach related, and cheering on the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Bio: Drew is a former member of the UNC Jazz Ensemble, UNC Symphony Orchestra, UNC Wind Ensemble, and Triangle Wind Ensemble. He is also a current member of Lighthouse Brass. Drew
has played trombone since sixth grade and was consistently selected for All County, All District, and All State Honor Bands.  He was a winner of the 2007 Winston-Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition.  After graduating from R J Reynolds high school, Drew attended UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in Spanish and Political Science.  The highlight of his time at Carolina was performing with the UNC Jazz Ensemble. Drew was privileged to perform with guest artists such as Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Joe Chambers, and Conrad Herwig.  Drew and his wife (and fellow band member) Samantha relocated to the Outer Banks in 2017.  Drew is a banker with BB&T at the Kitty Hawk branch.

Samantha Crisp

Instrument: Clarinet
Residence: Kill Devil Hills, NC
Place of birth: Bryson City, NC
Alumni of: University of North Carolina​
Favorite band or artist: I honestly like a little bit of everything, but lately I've been listening to a lot of 80s new wave, 90s alternative, boy bands, and yacht rock.​
Hobbies: Cuddling with my dog, Tiberius, going to the beach, hanging out at Fish Heads and Jack Brown's, exploring new destinations with my husband, binge-watching documentaries on Netflix, visiting museums and historic sites, making things (usually string art or embroidery),  collecting out-of-print local cookbooks, playing Nintendo 64, and eating all the seafood.​
Bio: Sam has loved music since the 2nd grade, when she made her parents buy her two different recorders to practice "Hot Cross Buns" on for the big elementary school field day concert. Since then, she has dabbled in violin, guitar, bass, saxophone, and mandolin, but never stuck with any of them. Her primary instrument is the clarinet, which she's played since age 11. She was a competitive clarinetist in high school, serving as 2nd and 3rd chair in two western district bands and 3rd and 8th chair in the NC All-State Honor Band. She double-majored in music and history at UNC-Chapel Hill (where she met husband and bandmate Drew), graduating with honors in music, then went on to obtain her master's degree in archives and records management in 2014. She currently serves as the director of the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo. 

Rick Eller
Instrument: Drums
Residence: Manteo, NC
Place of Birth: Wilmington, NC
Alumni of: Pitt Community College, United States Army
Favorite band or artists: James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, Parliament-Funkadelic, Baby Dodds, Gene Krupa,The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kool and the Gang, Early R&B, Sex Pistols, Misfits, Watazumi do roshi, Frank Zappa, Danger Doom, Son Seals, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Ondrej Smeykal, Black Sabbath, Mike Patton, Tinariwen, Ravi Shankar, John Fahey, Robbie Basho, James Gadson, Herbie Hancock, Mandrill, Waylon Jennings​
Hobbies/Passions: Playing drums, guitar, bass, harmonica, ethnic woodwinds, didgeridoo, Producing music, Kayaking, nature walks, photography, drawing​
Bio: Rick began playing drums in his early teens and added guitar, harmonica and a variety of ethnic woodwinds later in life when he took a break from drumming in order to not disturb his sleeping babies.  Rick is a member of Drumeo ( an online drumming school) and currently plays drums and harmonica in Nature Out Loud!, a funky-family-friendly outfit that plays upbeat, positive tunes inspired by nature and Just Playing Dixieland, the original and only Dixieland Band in the Outer Banks, NC.

Dave Seyler
Instrument: Trumpet, flugelhorn
Residence: Kill Devil Hills, NC
Place of Birth: Lock Haven PA, grew up near Washington DC
Alumni of: University of Maryland
Favorite band or artist: John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, Gentle Giant
Hobbies/Passions: Playing jazz trumpet, reading, online baseball, over-spicing recipes
Bio: Dave has been playing trumpet since the 1960s, and was a band teacher briefly back in the 1980s. As a kid he was a two-time John Phillip Sousa Award winner and a member of the Maryland All-State band. He has played in jazz, rock and wedding bands that took him into just about every hotel in Washington DC and numerous clubs and other venues. Locally, he dusted off his trumpet in 2014 to become a regular guest of alternative rock group Shaky Town, then was accepted into Just Playing Dixieland, and the rest is history. 

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Paul Lesiewicz
Instrument: Tenor Sax, Vocals (one vocal, anyway)
Residence: Kitty Hawk, NC
Place of Birth: New York City
Alumni of: Fordham University, Bronx NY
Favorite band or artist: Elvis, Johnny Maestro, Jimmy Sturr Polka Band, Any Broadway Show
Hobbies/Passions: Music, Fishing, Beach
Bio: Paul has been playing sax since 1958. Music has been a big part of his life from high school and college to playing in wedding bands and "Fifties theme groups," even including a mummers band. Biggest musical experience was playing in a marching band led by Paul Anka at the NYC World Premiere of the war movie “The Longest Day.” A close second was in a backup band for Brian Hyland (“Itsy Bitsy Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”).