Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Brass Band Special

Members of well-known New Orleans brass bands speak about their origins, styles, and more (10/03/2011).

About the Panel

This panel features members of three famous New Orleans brass bands: The Soul Rebels, The Stooges Brass Band, and the To Be Continued Brass Band.

The Soul Rebels (also Soul Rebels Brass Band, Soul Rebels, or The Rebels) are an eight-piece brass ensemble that incorporate elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock, and pop music - all within a contemporary brass band framework. Famous for their funky, party-like atmosphere, The Soul Rebels have collaborated with major pop artists and acts including Metallica, Green Day, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nas, Rakim, Marilyn Manson, Slick Rick, Trombone Shorty, and Big Freedia, among others. The band has performed at festivals around the world and on major national television networks including CBS, The Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel, HBO, TBS, NBC, NPR, ESPN, BBC2, and The CW.

The Stooges Brass Band was formed in 1996 and are known for incorporating elements of hip hop, funk, and R&B into a traditional brass band framework. The Stooges have played the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and Austin's South by Southwest. In 2012, they were selected by the U.S. State Department to tour Pakistan, becoming the first American band to play in Hyderabad.

The To Be Continued Brass Band is a jazz band formed in 2002 by youths in New Orleans' 7th and 9th wards seeking to escape a culture of drugs and violence. Starting with scarce support and resources, the group often played with taped-together instruments. With support from Carver Senior High School's band, the group grew in skill and success, establishing a presence on the corner of Bourbon and Canal Streets in the French Quarter. The band has since drawn national acclaim, and is the subject of a documentary, From the Mouthpiece on Back.