Mucca Pazza

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Mucca Pazza
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Circus
Marching Band
Years active 2004–present
Website [1]

Freaks: Greg Hirte (violin), Gary Kalar (mandolin), Ronnie Kuller (accordion), Jeff Thomas (guitar)

Woodwinds: Dave Levine, Dave Smith, Jay St. Germain

Trumpets: Justin Amolsch, Susie Inverso, Sam Johnson, Jim McBride, Nick Siegel

Bones: Nick Broste, Tom Howe, Elanor Leskiw, Ellis Seiberling

Sousaphone, etc.: Mark Messing

Percussion "K12": Larry Beers, Paul Brannon, John Carroll, Andy Deitrich, Tony DiMartino, Dan Dorff, Rick Kubes, George Lawler, Ronnie Malley, Brent Roman, Jon Steinmeier

Cheerleaders: Timothy Heck, Jessica Hudson, Sharon Lanza, Meghan Strell, Vanessa Valliere, Lindsey Whiting
Past members

Shaye Cohn (accordion), Ben Cole (trumpet), Dave Ramey (trombone), Lori Myers (cheer)

Pazzas Emeritus: Loto Ball (trumpet), Max Crawford (trumpet), Winston Damon (trombone), Nick Dempsey (saxophone), Ben Gray (percussion), Michael Hartman (cymbals), Jeremy Jacobsen (accordion), Ernst Karel (trumpet), Eve Monzingo (woodwind), Lori Myers (cheer), Vanessa Stalling (cheer), Dan Stark (trombone), Noah Tabakin (saxophone), Greg Nicolett (trombone)

Mucca Pazza is a 30 piece self-described "circus punk marching band" based in Chicago. The band, whose name comes from the Italian for "mad cow" which is also a name for the Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, has been performing in and around the Chicago area since 2004. Their repertoire ranges from Balkan-brass to covers of 60's television show themes as well as themes from Shostakovich and Bartók. They have performed nationally at many well known venues and concerts including McCarren Park Pool, True/False Film Festival, Looptopia, Lollapalooza, Rothbury Music Festival, Tour de Fat, Theatre Bizarre, and were featured on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2006.

Their debut album, A Little Marching Band, was released in 2006 and is distributed by Southern Records. Their second full-length album, Plays Well Together, was released in June 2008. The band's song "Borino Oro" was featured in a season 4 episode of the Showtime television show Weeds.


Mucca Pazza orchestration includes:

  • Accordion, violin, mandolin, elec. guitar, melodica
  • Clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax
  • Trumpets/mellophone
  • Trombones
  • Sousaphone
  • Percussion: marching snare drums, bass drum, concert tom, crash cymbals, glockenspiel, middle eastern hand drums, various percussions.
  • Cheerleaders/Poms

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