During Friday evening’s Gallery Walk, the Celebration Brass Band will be on hand to entertain at the Robert H. River Garden, home of Strolling of the Heifers on Main Street in Brattleboro. The exhibit at the Stroll’s Gallery at the Garden, "Farms in Seven Media" will be on view and continues through August.
The Gallery will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the music will start about 6 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes!
The Celebration Brass Band is Brattleboro’s own taste of New Orleans, the only ensemble in Northern New England fully dedicated exclusively to the performance of authentic New Orleans style brass band music.
The Celebration Brass Band is the public face of the New Orleans Brass Band Project (Southern VT), a collaborative music workshop founded in 2009 by New Orleans native Pete Simoneaux, as a way to developing a community of musicians committed to playing traditional and contemporary New Orleans style Brass Band music.
This is the music of jazz funerals and street parades in New Orleans, the style that gave birth to the careers of Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and whose lineage continues to this day in the funky, driving street rhythms of groups like the Dirty Dozen, the Rebirth, NewBirth & Treme Brass Bands.
Members of the Celebration Brass Band have become familiar to Brattleboro area audiences through their performances at numerous Gallery Walks, the Strolling of the Heifers, 4th of July parades, and a host of other local community events, as well as their performances with other area bands including Lil Orphans, Butterfly Swing, Jazzberry Jam & Simba.
Core members of the group include Pete Simoneaux on bass drum and vocals, Tim Ellis and Linda Simoneaux on sousaphones, Stephen Voorhees on snare drum, Scott Sizer on trumpet & vocals, Chuck Ober on trombone, Jim Kurty on clarinet & vocals, Chuck Ober on trombone & Ron Kelley on saxophone.
Additional auxiliary members include Dan DeWalt and Brian Bender on trombones, and Walter Slowinski on saxophone & clarinet.
Over the past 25 years, the New Orleans Brass Band revival has exploded in popularity, to the point where it has become the dominant musical form in the city, embraced and performed by young and old alike. Bands such as the Rebirth, Hot 8, Soul Rebels and Stooges have people dancing in the streets and the clubs all day and all night long, almost every day of the year. The Celebration Brass Band is available to bring this energy to weddings, funerals, picnics, parties and other private and public functions throughout Northern New England.