Olympia Brass Band
Olympia Brass Band
S. State Department. The band did a BBC radio broadcast for Queen Elizabeth's 25th wedding anniversary in 1972 while they were in London, and also played for Pope John Paul II on his visit to New Orleans. The Olympia Brass Band was a training ground for a whole new generation of jazz musicians including clarinetist Joseph Torregano, saxophonist Byron "Flea" Bernard; drummers Tanio Hingle and Kerry Hunter; and trumpeters Kenneth Terry and "Kid" Mervin Campbell. Notable members of the band over the years were: Harold "Duke" Dejan, leader and alto saxophone; Emanuel "Pappy" Paul & Ernest Watson tenor saxophone; clarinetists Willie Humphrey, Joseph Torregano and David Grillier; trumpeters Milton Batiste (Asst. leader), Edmond Foucher, George "Kid Sheik" Colar, Reginald Koeller, Kenneth Terry, & Mervin Campbell.
Trombonists Paul Crawford, Frank Naundorf, Wendell Eugene, Eddie King, Gerald Joseph, and Lester Caliste; Sousaphonists Allan Jaffe, William "Coby" Brown, Anthony Lacen AKA "Tuba Fats," Edgar Smith, and Jeffrey Hills. Snare drummers Andrew Jefferson, Leroy "Boogie" Breaux, Kerry "Fatman" Hunter: Bass Drummers, Henry "Booker T." Glass, Nowell "Papa" Glass, and Cayetano "Tanio" Hingle. Grand Marshalls for the band were the immortal Matthew "Fats" Houston, Anderson Minor, Anderson Stewart and Richard "King" Matthews. Although the band left numerous recordings, none is more prevalent than their recording of "The Westlawn Funeral Dirge" which featured Emanuel Paul on the tenor saxophone. The Olympia Brass Band is profiled in the book, The Great Olympia Band by the late English writer Mick Burns, and Keeping the Beat on the Street: The New Orleans Brass Band Renaissance also by Mick Burns. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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