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Postcard from Campeche, Mexico: Sunday Night Sounds

Brrrrr…. The woman playing the guiro in the Campeche State Charanga Band, a brass band, one Sunday night in January expressed her surprise at how cold it was. 115 more words


"Keep It Between The Lines" - Sturgill Simpson

The horns, the horns, the horns are EVERYTHING. The brass horns just make any song come alive and it definitely does in this instance. This is the type of song that when you put in on your phone, with the headphones in, walking down the street, you feel alive. 33 more words

Daily Hot Fiyah

In a Crowd

Brass Bands and me.

You know me. I like brass bands. I like them best when they are chaotic. When they are working in the street. 296 more words

Ray Laskowitz

Brass Band Music - What is it?

There has been a recent petition filed online for Classic FM to ‘stop ignoring brass band music’. Now, this is not a new complaint, and Classic FM is a far from flawless representation of classical music, ignoring vast quantities of repertoire in pursuit of the popular favourites and what people expect to hear from their station, but the sentiment set me to thinking about how little the general public understand about the brass band world and our music. 759 more words


As They Say...

… the Tuba starts the second line.

And, so.

It should start my second line parade photo coverage. Especially when a tuba is plastered with a New Orleans sticker. 64 more words

Ray Laskowitz