Buzzards Brass Band, friends play Carnival Concert

Thursday January 17, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Join the Estey Organ Museum in welcoming the Buzzards Brass Band to the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for a fun and lively Carnival Concert.

The Buzzards Brass Band is the official performing moniker of The New Orleans Brass Band Project, a collaborative music workshop based in Brattleboro. The New Orleans Brass Band Project was founded in 2009 by New Orleans native Pete Simoneaux, for the purpose of cultivating a community of musicians interested in performing 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 and Sidney Bechet, and whose lineage continues to this day in the funky, driving street rhythms of groups like the Dirty Dozen, the Rebirth, New Birth & Treme Brass Bands.

The Buzzards have become familiar to Brattleboro area audiences through performances at Gallery Walks, the Strolling of the Heifers, July 4th parades and other local events. The group is led by Pete Simoneaux on bass drum and vocals. Other core musicians include Tim Ellis on sousaphone, Stephen Voorhees on snare drum, Scott Sizer on trumpet, trombonists Dan DeWalt and Chuck Ober, saxophonists Ron Kelley, Frank Sansone, Jon Mack and Walter Slowinski, Jim Kurty on clarinet and saxophone and Jeanushka Fishell on percussion.

This concert will also feature Ned Phoenix playing electric violin and Jon Matthew Worrall playing the Estey pipe organ.

Over the past 25 years, the New Orleans Brass Band revival has exploded in popularity. 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. It is the hope of the New Orleans Brass Band Project to be able to bring some of this energy to New England, utilizing the abundant talents of the Brattleboro area musical community.

There is a $15 suggested donation at the door to support the work of the Estey Organ Museum. For information on the Buzzards Brass Band, contact Pete Simoneaux at 603-835-6051 or


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