Henning is from Hamburg, Germany. He started playing clarinet at age 13,
joined Dr. Abbi Huebner's ' Low Down Wizards in 1954, and then Huebner/Vohwikel's Original Barrelhouse Orchestra. Henning came to US in 1955 and joined the United States Navy as a musician in 1957. He was the leader/founder of USNA Band's
Original Crab Town Stompers. After retiring from the Navy in 1980, Henning earned a B.S. in IT from University of Baltimore in 1984. Along with being a freelance musician in the Baltimore/Washington area, Henning has performed with many groups such as: Southern Comfort, Paradise Jazz Band, and the Federal Jazz Commission.
Bob has been performing in many different capacities as a pianist in the Washington/Baltimore areas for the last 15 years. In the field of jazz, he has appeared with the likes of Louis Bellson, Manhattan Transfer, Marc Egan and Vinnie Colaiuta. A classically trained pianist, Bob has performed with the National Gallery Orchestra, Mclean Symphony, and The United States Marine Band Orchestra as a soloist. He has also appeared with the Royal Philharmonic and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. He has two CD's on the Summit Record label which have both received critical acclaim. He currently performs as a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band.
Drummer/Bandleader, Mike Flaherty holds a Masters degree in Special Education from the George Washington University. He studied music at the University of Central Florida, as well as George Mason University and Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Mike enjoyed a long military career, including over twenty years as
a drummer with the famed United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps,
before retiring from the Army in 2003.
Mike has performed with many New Orleans musicians, including Ryan Burrage, Louis Ford, Tom Fischer, Jacques Gauthe, Tim Laughlin, David Boeddinghaus, Eric Glaser, and Harry Watters. Along with being a freelance musician in the National Capital Region, Mike is a member of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble,
and Swing Shift Big Band.
Mike currently works for the U.S. Marine Corps as the Exceptional Family Member Program Manager.
After attending The Eastman School of Music, where he studied clarinet, Dallas Smith has maintained a busy and varied professional career as a string bassist.
In 1972, he joined the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, the premiere jazz ensemble of The United States Army, based in the Washington, D.C., area. As a member of the Blues, Dallas led a dual musical life. Initially a woodwind doubler – playing saxophone, flute and clarinet – he was equally comfortable on upright bass and electric bass and eventually moved full-time to the string bass chair. He performed regularly at the White House, the Vice President’s residence and many diplomatic functions as well as many concerts and jazz festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and the Monterey Jazz Festival (California). For the final 10 years of his career, he served as the Blues’ enlisted group leader and retired as sergeant major.
Dallas has recorded and performed with such artists and personalities as Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Clark Terry, Patti LaBelle, Stanley Turrentine, Louis Bellson, Herbie Hancock, Arturo Sandoval and Lou Rawls. He can be heard on recordings for Warner Brothers, Hal Leonard, CPP Belwin, Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion.
In 2009, he joined Dixieland Direct and continues to freelance in the Washington, DC, area.