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Backwater Stompers are a traditional Jazz/Dixieland band of seasoned professional musicians.

Joe Feager (Banjo): A member of the St. Louis Banjo Club and presently the Music Director/Leader. Also affiliated with the St. Louis Banjo’s Youth Band as Music Director/teacher. Principle banjoist with the Mound City Three, Backwater Stompers, Gateway Dixie Stompers and The Riff Raff Jazz Band.

Brad Femmer (Piano): A piano player for over 60 years that studied under Rose Oldani in St. Louis in the 50s and 60s.  Freelance solo pianist concentrating on ragtime and early Tin-Pan Alley music. Entertains at various venues over the years including volunteer entertainment for several nursing homes in and around the St. Louis area, and at the Missouri Veterans Home for the past 6 years.  Together with lifelong friend Pete Zimmer formed the Backwater Stompers which in addition to monthly performances at the Veterans Home has played at Cardinal Nation, the Missouri Athletic Club, and charitable events.

Steve Frioux (Trombone): Steve Frioux began playing trombone at the age of 10 in the heart of Cajun Country – New Iberia, LA. He entered the USAF in 1990 after earning a Bachelors in Music Performance at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He has performed with the St Louis Symphony, Martha and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Clint Black, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bill Watrous, Buddy DeFranco, Butch Miles, Bobby Watson, Maynard Ferguson, Ed Shaughnessey, and many many more. Steve’s personal musical style is a result of his Cajun/Creole/Funk/Zydeco/Soul/R&B cultural roots from south Louisiana.

Glenn Meyer (Clarinet): Glenn Meyer studied with Charles Camacho of the St. Louis Symphony. Glenn was a member of the St. Louis Ragtimers for over 10 years hosting many nationally known Ragtime and Jazz Festivals aboard the Goldenrod Showboat, during his tenure with the Ragtimers, Glenn also appeared with the band at many Jazz Festivals in the U.S. and Canada, and also TV shows one show being a special for BBC that was filmed aboard the Goldenrod. Glenn toured with Jean Kittrell’s “St. Louis Rivermen” playing Jazz Festivals all over the U.S. and Canada, such festivals as the Monterey Jazz Festival, and festivals in Sacramento, San Diego, Three Rivers, Eureka and Pizmo Beach, California, also appeared 12 years in a row at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree in Idaho.

Paul Niehaus (Guitar, Bass): Born and raised in Saint Louis, Paul Niehaus IV has been a freelance musician since he graduated from Truman State University in 2009 with his BA in music with a minor in Folklore. He is proficient in guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums…and has additional experience on harmonica, mandolin, French horn, trumpet, and saxophone. He loves natural and hi-fidelity tones in the studio and strives to cultivate an environment in which artists can get creative and be themselves.

Roy Shaneberger (Tuba): Roy is a retired Human Resources Professional and College Administrator.  He is an original member of the Backwater Stompers.  Roy also plays in the Waterloo Illinois Municipal Concert Band and the Bud Light Brigade.  In addition, he plays upright bass and electric bass in dance bands, stage musicals and church events. Roy is honored to be playing traditional jazz with such a great group of bandmates.

Dan Smith (Trumpet): Dan is a busy freelance player who has performed at The Muny, The Fox Theatre and at Riverport Amphitheatre backing artists including Sammy Davis Jr., Doc Severinsen, Amy Grant, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Manhattan Transfer, Barry Manilow, Jerry Lewis, Natalie Cole, to name just a few. Dan can also be heard playing solo piano around the St. Louis area.

Pete Zimmer (Drums): In 1964, Pete Zimmer’s musical career started at age 12 when he was asked to play drums in a local wedding band called the Classics. Mostly a swing/jazz drummer, he was called on to play piano when his Piano player was drafted in 1973. In 2015 he was asked to play drums behind his good friend Brad Femmer once a month for the Missouri Veterans Home.  Their music was Dixieland/Ragtime/American and the music had a special electricity and spark to it.  Since that time many others that have heard the band have been drawn to the sound and music. In this way they have increased the roster to 8 highly talented professional musicians forming the Backwater Stompers. 

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Partial Song list

  • Baby Face
  • Baby won’t you please come home
  • Basin Street Blues
  • Blue Skies
  • Bourbon Street Parade
  • Bye Bye Blues
  • Cake Walking Babies from Home
  • Cherry
  • Chinatown my Chinatown
  • Clarinet Marmalade
  • Come back sweet papa
  • Darktown Strutter’s Ball
  • Dippermouth Blues
  • Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
  • Don’t get around  much anymore
  • Down by Riverside
  • Exactly Like You
  • Five Foot Two
  • Gee Baby Aint I good to You
  • Happy Feet
  • Hard Hearted Hannah
  • I don’t stand a ghost of a chance with you
  • I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate
  • Indiana (back home again in)
  • Is it true what they say about Dixie
  • I’ve been floatin’ down the old green river
  • I’ve found a new baby
  • Jazz-Me Blues
  • June Night
  • Just a closer walk with thee
  • Lies
  • Mean to Me
  • Nobody knows you
  • Oriental Strut
  • Ory’s Creole Trombone
  • Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone
  • Riverboat Shuffle
  • Rose of Washington Square
  • Saint James Infirmary
  • San
  • Santa Claus is coming to town
  • Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia
  • Snake Rag
  • Some of these days
  • Swanee
  • Tishomingo Blues
  • Waiting for Robert E Lee
  • Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  • West End Blues
  • When you’re smiling
  • Wild Man Blues
  • Wolverine Blues
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