Brass Band Music (for Mardi Gras!)

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

There's a brass band takeover of this New Sounds program; many with roots in New Orleans second line (the parading tradition originating in the 19th C.), like the Youngblood Brass Band out of Madison, WI, the Boston-based Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and the MarchFourth Marching Band from Portland, OR. From a live record, listen to the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble turn a musical lament for leader Ken Field’s late wife into a joyous explosion of traditional second line - with the often-performed hymn, “I’ll Fly Away.”

Then the MarchFourth Marching Band, whose name came from the date of their creation – which happened to be Mardi Gras (3/4/2003), creates a hybrid of Bhangra and reggae. Also, hear the Northern Indian-inspired wedding celebration meets Mardi Gras brass party music of Red Baraat from Brooklyn.  Then, listen to the Romanian “gypsy” horns of Fanfare Ciocarlia (yes, the band from the Borat movie), a Kanye West tune covered by a London-based Hackney Colliery Band, the Youngblood Brass Band funking up a Chaka Khan tune, and music from Egypt attacked by the circus punk marching band from Chicago, Mucca Pazza.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

PROGRAM #3573 Brass Band Music (First aired on 3/4/2014)  





Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Live Snakes

For Karen…[7:21]
I’ll Fly Away [6:37]

Accurate Records 5065

Youngblood Brass Band

Pax Volumi

Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan) [5:38]

Tru Thoughts  TRU 278

MarchFourth Marching Band

Magnificent Beast

Delhi Belly [5:52]

Burnside / Marchfourth Marching Band - #M4MB 004
Also available at, iTunes, or

Red Baraat

Big Talk

Baraat to Nowhere [5:12] or through iTunes,, or

Fanfare Ciocarlia

Queens and Kings

Born to be Wild [3:11]

Asphalt Tango Productions (Import) - #CDATR 1207 or via iTunes

Mucca Pazza

Plays Well Together

Toubeh (Kemal El Tawil arr. Ronnie Malley) [1:47]

Kermesz a l’Est

Kermesz à l'Est

Sidibe, excerpt [6:08]

Out of print, but due to be reissued in spring of 2014.

Hackney Colliery Band  

Common Decency

All of the Lights (Kanye West) [3:59]

Wah Wah / Wah Wah 45s - #WAHCD 024

Brass Mask

Spy Boy

Onnellinen, excerpt [3:30]

Babel - #BDV 13121