Treme Brass Band

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The Treme Brass Band opened the 2006 National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellows concert.

The Treme Brass Band is a marching brass band from New Orleans, Louisiana led by snare drummer Benny Jones, Sr. The band, which plays traditional New Orleans-style brass band music, features a shifting lineup that has included trumpeters Kermit Ruffins and James Andrews, tenor saxophonists Elliot Callier and Frederick Sheppard, trombonist Corey Henry, and sousaphonist Kirk Joseph.[1] Lionel Batiste appears consistently on the bass drum. They have released two albums, Gimme My Money Back on Arhoolie Records and I Got a Big, Fat Woman on the Sound of New Orleans Records label.[2] The band takes its name from New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood; due to some historical confusion, the "Treme" in the name is sometimes spelled "Tremè" or "Tremé". In 2010 the Treme Brass Band performed with Uncle Lionel Batiste to play Voodoo Experience in New Orleans.

The Treme Brass Band, including Uncle Lionel Batiste is featured in the 2011 non-fiction film by Darren Hoffman, Tradition is a Temple. Their version of A Closer Walk With Thee is on the soundtrack of the first episode of the HBO series Treme.[3] The National Endowment for the Arts awarded them a National Heritage Fellowship in 2006.[4]

Additionally, the Treme Brass Band leads the Marching Krewe KOE on their Fat Tuesday Parade throughout the French Quarter in New Orleans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Treme Brass Band - Gimme My Money Back". El Cerito, CA: Arhoolie Records. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Gary Edwards. "The Treme Brass Band - I Got a Big Fat Woman". New Orleans, LA: Sound of New Orleans. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Treme Season 1 : Episode 1 : Do You Know What it Means : Music". Home Box Office, Inc. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow: Treme Brass Band". National Endowment for the Arts. 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

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