Element Brass Band

  • Genres
  • Brass Band
  • Jazz
  • Second Line
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Jazz ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ Jazz ★
  • Musicians
    • Aaron Smith — trumpet
    • Benwar Shepard — sousaphone
    • Billy Maerdian — drums
    • Brandon Au — trombone
    • Brother Perry — trombone
    • Byron Colborn — saxophone
    • Courtney Miller — drums
    • Dan Smith — emcee
    • David McKissick — trumpet
    • Devoney Dean — drums
    • Eugene Harris — drums
    • Gio Antolin — trombone
    • Joby Morrow — trombone
    • Joey Archie — trumpet
    • Joey Ventittelli — drums
    • Jose Ortiz — sousaphone
    • Josh Cambridge — trombone
    • Justin Au — trumpet
    • Mat Gentry — drums
    • Miss Q — drums
    • Miss Q — drums
    • Morgan Childers — trombone
    • Nick Niebank — trumpet
    • Reagan Branch — saxophone
    • Ryan Coughran — saxophone
    • Zehrin Sims — drums
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?

02.04.19

The one we haven't composed yet.

How do you describe your music to people?

02.04.19

A blend of New Orleans Second Line, hip-hop, R&B, trad jazz and original music.

Tell us about how the band formed.

02.04.19

Ryan Robertson grew up in Sacramento. He later moved to New Orleans, where he worked in brass bands. He returned to Sacramento and started his own group called the Element Brass Band.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.

02.04.19

August 18, 2018: The 2nd Annual Battle of the Brass Bands at Harlow's. Element Brass Band vs. MJ's Brass Boppers from Oakland. Without a doubt one of the most high energy performances of Second Line music ever in Sacramento.

What was the first song you learned to play?

02.04.19

"Feel Like Funkin It Up" by Rebirth Brass Band.

What's next for the band?

02.04.19

Another album, another tour.

What's the story behind the band name?

02.04.19

One of our founders, Anthony Coleman, came up with the name. He liked the way it sounded.

Who are your biggest influences?

02.04.19

Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, New Birth Brass Band, Los Hombres Calientes, Louis Armstrong.

Who first inspired you to play music?

02.04.19

Ryan Robertson first showed us what New Orleans Second Line was.

Words to live by?

02.04.19

Bring it, or don't bother.

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