The H.M.S. Razzamajazz cruised Lake Victoria the summer of 1996 thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Stratford, Arden Park Hotel and local residents who donated money for a new motor. They each provided donations of $1,250 to assist with the project. The old HMS Razamajazz was replaced by a new $3,000 barge to accommodate larger groups.
Dave Sherwood was instrumental in getting the Razzmajazz in the water. In the beginning Jack Hayter, leader of Stratford’s own ‘39 Casino Band, helped built the original barge and did likewise for the new one. He said the boat became “a little crowded” at times last year. “We thought maybe it was time to sell the old one and build a new one,” to cater to the '39 Casino Band and other local groups playing music from the barge as it moves along the river.
The 39 Casino Band Band members enriched the lives of Stratford citizens for five decades. They originally played for community dances in the 1940s and then voluntarily for events throughout Perth County. The band played at hospitals, nursing homes and various community events, including the Stratford Festival's annual garden party.
Jack Hayter believed the Razzamajazz had become a fixture for the city of Stratford. He said. “many cities must be envious that we can have a facility like this one.”