2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the Blue Street Jazz Band. Blue Street is a true force of musicality, integrity, stability, and professionalism in the performance of Dixieland Jazz.
Founded in 1983 by trumpet player Forrest Helmick and currently under the leadership of trombonist Dave Ruffner, the band has been one of the most innovative groups in traditional jazz.
Original songs and creatively conceived arrangements have been the hallmark of the band along with the musical expertise displayed by each individual member on their respective instrument. The band features the singing of Sherri Colby. While traditional jazz is the cornerstone of Blue Street, they are also known for their eclectic tastes in music. Musical styles performed by the band also includes Swing, Mardi Gras, Folk Songs, Marches, Waltzes, and Gospel Music. The band plays primarily at jazz festivals but also performs for local and regional events including church services, dances, weddings, conventions, meetings, and other special occasions.