Whether rocking crowds at Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival or the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, the New Breed Brass Band spreads joy and good times on the dance floor with infectious, original numbers like “Whatcha Working It Fa,” “New Beginnings” and “Sidewalk Rock.” Get ready to party when these New Orleans natives with deep roots in the Treme neighborhood take the bandstand.
Infusing funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition, the New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans. “That’s what we came up under,” says 26-year-old snare drummer Jenard Andrews, pointing to successful second line bands like ReBirth, Dirty Dozen and Lil’ Rascals Brass Bands that they emulated. “Now we’re trying to take that sound and bring in some new stuff and expand it. We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to interpret a different song for every genre, and make it all our own sound.”
With a founding core of five New Orleans natives, New Breed Brass Band, co-led by Andrews and tuba player Desmond Provost, made its street debut as a nine-man unit in November 2013 at the Nine Times Second Line. Since then, they have showcased their originality opening for such diverse bands as The Fray, Red Baraat, Dr. John, The Waterboys, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, as well as competing in the Red Bull Street Kings brass band competition in 2013. Most of the members have been playing music since they were toddlers and count such New Orleans legends as James “12” Andrews, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Topsy Chapman, Karl Leblanc, and Bruce “Sun-pie” Barnes as family members. Honing their childhood experiences playing music with their families, and on through high school marching bands and concert ensembles, the nine members of New Breed are united to one cause rocking each show and entertaining audiences to the maximum degree possible. Said Crescent City star Trombone Shorty of this talented crew: “The way I see it, the future of the New Orleans brass band tradition is in their hands. These kids take the music and the ethos seriously. They really get it.”