New Breed Brass Band brings second-line brass band tradition to the Half Shell on Aug. 1
A new breed of New Orleans brass is coming to Music on the Half Shell as the New Breed Brass Band brings its customized marching-band style of music to the Nichols Band Shell at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Roseburg’s Stewart Park.
This nine-piece band from New Orleans is made up of musicians playing primarily brass instruments with two drums who aims to celebrate the culture of New Orleans.
The band’s music blends several genres including funk, rock, jazz and hip hop into second line brass band tradition characteristic of New Orleans parades. They often play in a jazzed-up marching band style.
“They are very high energy and it’s a cool show, I think you’ll enjoy them,” said Half Shell Committee President Clint Newell. He added that Trombone Shorty, who played the Half Shell in previous years, manages this band.
Most of the band members grew up in the New Orleans area playing music since their youth including high school marching bands and concert ensembles. They bring a marching band sound to the stage through technical instrumental performances.
Those who enjoy the marching band sounds of a tuba playing lead will appreciate this band. Other instruments take the lead as well in predominantly instrumental pieces that bring energetic brass sounds to the stage.
The musicians are Caleb Windsay, Douane Waples, Marc Francis, Adolf Sorina, Jenard Andrews, Desmond Provost, Aurélien Barnes, Gregory Warner and John Perkins.
“We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to interpret a different song for every genre, and make it all our own sound,” said the band’s snare-drummer Jenard Andrews in an online biography.
The band made its debut as a nine-piece band in 2013 at News Orleans’ famed annual Nine Times Second Line Parade held customarily in November.
Since then, the bend members have been working together toward one cause: “rocking each show and entertaining audiences to the maximum degree possible.”
Today the band is striving to be “the next heavyweight contender among internationally-known New Orleans brass bands,” according to the biography.
The band will be playing throughout the west at venues throughout California like Humboldt County, Utah, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Las Vegas, Nevada, and at several festivals like the Hot Springs Jazz Festival in Arizona and the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in New Jersey.
“We can’t wait,” Andrews said about bringing the band’s sound to various venues around the globe. “It’s a new breed of music that we’ll be bringing to our culture, and we hope to create a new sound for our city in the process.”
See the New Breed Brass Band play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Music on the Half Shell stage in Stewart Park, 2041 NW Stewart Park Dr., Roseburg.
For more information, visit the New Breed Brass Band’s website at www.newbreedbrassband.com and for more information about Music on the Half Shell, visit www.halfshell.org.