Barb City Stompers Jazz Band

Barb City Stompers

The Stompers were formed in 2004 when its leader, John Skillman moved to the area (Dekalb IL). DeKalb IL is where barbed wire was invented and so; the unusual name given the "Barb City" Stompers. The Band plays regularly in Dekalb as well as thought the central USA. Our style might be described as “Hot-Swing-Trad”.

Location: IL, OH, WI



Ongoing gig at:

The House Cafe
263 E Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL

All Concerts from 1:30-4:15 PM

  • Sun 25 May (tenative)
  • Sun 15 June
  • Sun 13 July
  • Sun 20 July (tenative)
  • Sun 03 Aug
  • Sun 17 Aug (tenative)
  • Sun 14 Sept
  • Sun 05 Oct
  • Tue 26 Dec

In addition to The House Cafe, The Stompers will be playing a couple of public events elsewhere:

Fri 16 May 7- 8:30 PM
The Bunny Berrigan Jazz Jubilee, Fox Lake Wisconsin
the American Legion Club House
210 E State Street
Fox Lake, WI
Tickets to all Fri events $30 ea, In advance
Tickets avail at the door too
Sat 14 June 7-8:45 PM
Spring Creek United Church Of Christ, Rockford Illinois
Part of the concert series "Concerts On The Creek"
4500 Spring Creek Road
Rockford IL
in the courtyard. Move inside Church if Rain. Capacity 250
Tickets: Free (Donation requested)


John Skillman 
John Skillman Clarinet
Dekalb Illinois & Lake Wales Florida

Electronic Engineer, retired president of Skillman Engineering of DeKalb, IL. John plays with the Buck Creek Jazz Band on the National Jazz Scene. John is the leader of the Barb City Stompers Band in Dekalb IL and is the clarinetist for the Chicago Hot Six Jazz Band. In addition to being much in demand in the Chicago area, he is also the leader of the New Orleans Nighthawks Jazz Band in Florida. John also is the clarinet player in the International CanAmGer (Canadian-American-German) Jazz band. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals in USA, Canada, Scotland and Europe. His style ranges from down-town New Orleans to Chicago to Swing.

Roy Rubinstein 
Roy Rubinstein Trombone
Chicago, Ill

Roy is a physicist and Assistant Director at Fermilab in Batavia, IL, and has been playing jazz trombone for over fifty years. Roy began playing in his native England, then in New York, and then in the Chicago area since 1973. His rhythmic style is a tribute to his favorite trombonists, Kid Ory and Jim Robinson. For the past three decades Roy has led his New Orleans style Chicago Hot Six Jazz Band in the Chicago area. Roy has also played with many other Trad bands from Connecticut to California.

Diana Skillman 
Diana Skillman Vocals
Lake Wales Florida and Dekalb Illinois

Diana is a formally trained musician, specializing in choral, classical music and formal voice training at IL Wesleyan U. She is new to singing Trad Jazz, but has listened to it and loved it for years. She got her jazz start at the Sunday afternoon jam sessions at Al's restaurant in Lake Wales a few years ago. She also sings with the Barb City Stompers, in DeKalb Illinois, having performed at the Indianapolis Jazz Club and the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Club, and the Bunny Berrigan Jazz Jublee in Fox Lake Wisconsin. She sings in the choir of the First United Church of DeKalb and, along with John Skillman, in the community-wide Celebration Chorale.

Larry Rutan 
Larry Rutan Guitar
City, Ill

Larry is a Quality Assurance Manager. He plays both banjo and rhythm guitar and, besides playing with the Stompers, he plays with the Ross Hubbel Trio and Mark Biegel's Dixie Dogs Jazz Band.

Roger Hintsche 
Roger Hintsche Bass
City, Ill

Roger is part owner of Hintzsche Fertilizer Inc., Maple Park, IL. He is a Music Ed undergraduate of Graceland University and received his Master of Music from Northern Illinois University.. In addition to bass, he also plays excellent guitar and banjo with “A Wing and a Prayer” Dixie band, is a member of the Jim Kanas Trio, and freelances around the community.

Mike Albiniak 
Mike Albiniak Drums
City, Ill

Mike Albiniak has been playing drums for over almost fifty years, and has played a wide variety of music, including modern jazz, rock, traditional jazz and in show bands, concert bands and symphony orchestras. Currently Mike’s playing focus is his first love, traditional jazz, as the main drummer with the Barb City Stompers, the Chicago Hot Six and several other traditional jazz bands in the Midwest and west coast. Mike is the Midwest area labor relations manager for a major trucking company.

Aaron Puckett 
Aaron Puckett Drums
City, Ill

Aaron is a 2001 Northern Illinois University Music School graduate with a Masters Degree in percussion performance. He currently teaches percussion and is the Band Director at Kaneland, IL High School.

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