Woody Strobeck, a short biography


Biography by Skip Parsons

Webpage by Cliff Lamere     25 Feb 2006




Bio by Skip Parsons


Harwood David "Woody" Strobeck 

Woody was born in North Syracuse, NY where he attended school and began to study the trombone.  He entered the music program at Syracuse University, but graduated from Fredonia with his music pedigree.

While in college he became interested in the early jazz style and played in and around the Syracuse area with an array of dixieland players.  He was an admirer of the Will Alger/Jack Mahew Salt City 5.

Soon after college he accepted a teaching position in the Cambridge, NY school district where he formally retired as music/band director.

While in that area Woody started to play with several dixieland musicians.  This included the Storyville Stompers and a band called the Steel Pier Jazz Band.  After the death of leader Larry Johnson, Woody assumed the leadership of this band which he led in the Lake George, NY area for nearly 20 years.

As the live music scene changed Woody began to appear with a variety of different bands in the Eastern NY and Vermont areas.  Also, after his educational career in Cambridge he accepted a part time teaching job in Arlington, Vermont.

During the summer of 2003 Woody began to fill in for an occasionally-absent Ed Hubble in Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band. “At home” with Jazz again.



Woody Strobeck can be seen in other photos taken by Cliff Lamere:

    Woody Strobeck

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band 2

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band 3

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band 4

    Mardi Gras 1

    Mardi Gras 2

    With Eddy Kebabjian

    With Rich Downs 2

    With Sam Ponder

    With Sam Ponder 2

    With Forrest Gabriels 2


Woody Strobeck can be seen in photos on other websites:

    Beneath a canopy  - Tom D'Andrea, Rennie Crain, Ernie Belanger, Skip Parsons, Woody Strobeck, Mo Rancourt, Eddy Kebabjian (left to right)