BRATTLEBORO - The streets of Brattleboro will once again reverberate with the sounds of New Orleans, when the Celebration Brass Band of Brattleboro returns to the Brattleboro Common for an evening concert, Tuesday, July 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Since 2009, the Celebration Brass Band, also known as the Buzzards Brass Band, has made a name for itself around Brattleboro as the only authentic New Orleans style brass band performing in and around southern Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts. Founded by New Orleans native Pete Simoneaux as the New Orleans Brass Band Project, the Celebration Brass Band has evolved from an open workshop into a 6- to 8-piece band, well known for its performances at Brattleboro’s monthly Gallery Walks, and at the annual Strolling of the Heifers, 4th of July parades in Brattleboro and Saxtons River, and the annual Halloween Parade of the Rio Blanco Social Club in White River Junction.
Celebration Brass Band plays music in the tradition of the New Orleans jazz funeral, as well as the boisterous "Second Line" parades of New Orleans’ famed Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, a mix that starts with religious dirges such as Closer Walk with Thee, or The Old Rugged Cross, and progressing to spirituals such as The Saints, Down By the Riverside, and I’ll Fly Away, "rambles" such as Didn’t He Ramble, and "I’ll Be Glad When You Dead, You Rascal You," and swing, jazz & blues numbers immortalized by composers such as Louis Armstrong, W.D. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, as well as modernists Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver. It’s a small slice of the evolution of Jazz, played with a joie de vivre rarely heard in Northern New England.
At the Brattleboro Common, the Celebration Brass Band will feature Pete Simoneaux on bass drum, Tim Ellis on Sousaphone, Linda Simoneaux on vocals and percussion, Stephen Voorhees on snare drum, Scott Sizer on trumpet, Jim Kurty on clarinet, and Chuck Ober on trombone.
If you miss Tuesday’s performance, The foothills of the Green Mountains will also reverberate with the sounds of New Orleans, when the Celebration Brass Band of Brattleboro makes its appearance at the Pizza Stone, in Chester, 7 to 10 p.m., on Saturday, July 5.
At the Pizza Stone, Celebration Brass Band will feature Pete Simoneaux on bass drum, Linda Simoneaux on Sousaphone, Stephen Voorhees on snare drum, Scott Sizer on trumpet, Chuck Ober on clarinet, and Chuck Ober on trombone.
The Pizza Stone is located at 291 Pleasant Street (Route 11) in Chester. Telephone 802-875-2121 for information. There’s no cover for this event.