Saturday June 29 – 1:45pm
The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band has been together since 1967. Elected to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and rated among the finest entertainers in the Midwest, the band has played everywhere from the Mississippi paddlewheel boats and the Minnesota State Fair, to Nagasaki, Japan.
The band is made up of six talented musicians who play 18 instruments. This group of versatile musicians, who occasionally swap instruments on stage without missing a note, will have your feet tappin’ from their very first set!
Barbary Coast (left to right)
Dick Petersen, Leader
Banjo and Guitar
Dick is one of the original members of the band from 1967. Together with his wife, Carol, he takes care of all bookings and administrative duties. He is one of the few left-handed banjoists in the country and plays strong rhythm with creative solos.
Dick Ramberg, original member since 1967
Dick holds master degrees in Political Science from the U of M and Guidance and Counselig from the U of W. Professionally he serves as Executive Director of the MN State Council on Disability and financial advisor with Dain Bosworth and Morgan Stanley. Dick is actively involved in community service through Rotary. He has served on the boards of Courage Center, Vision Loss Resources, U of M Vision Foundation, and Bloomington United for Youth. He is an exciting clarinetest and commonly received standing ovations.
Steve Pikai, joined the band in 1996
Steve is the youngster in the band, but when you hear his fantastic trombone solos he sounds like someone who has played for 30 years. Steve is truly world class, and he also plays string bass with gusto. His bass solos are exciting and the audience always responds to him. Steve smiles all the time!
Tom Andrews, joined the band in 1976
Tom is one of the finest dixieland drummers in the nation and has played with many popular dixieland bands at jazz festivals. His time keeping is marvelous and his solos are always creative and tasteful. He also plays excellent clarinet and contributes many traditional ideas to the band.
Russ Peterson, joined the band in 1976
Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Flute, Sax, Bass, Vocals
Russ is truly a musician’s musician — able to play all of the listed instruments at a very high level. Even though his main instruments are reeds, he is our trumpet player and can even play two instruments simultaneously. He is a member of the famous Peterson family of Minneapolis and always has a smile on his face and a kind word to say to everyone.
Jim ten Bensel, joined the band in 1970
Trombone, Cornet, Vocals
This trombone artist has bachelor and master degrees from the U of M and has tought vocal and instrumental lessons at all levels from elementary to college. As a performer, Jim has toured with Henry Mancini, Stan Kenton, and Ralph Marterie; he has backed up folks like Bob Hope, Vicky Carr, Red Skelton, John Davidson, and many others.