As New Orleans music became more popular in the Northeast and festivals around the U.S. in the 1980s, two prominent brass bands from New Orleans took their music on the road: the Rebirth Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The truth is, both groups have much to offer, as does a third group of Crescent City-based musicians, the New Birth Brass Band.
The Rebirth Brass Band was formed in 1983 by tuba player Phil Frazier and his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. Since the economics of keeping such a large group of musicians on the road in the ’90s and into the new millennium was often a daunting task, there have been many personnel changes through the years. For example, Kermit Ruffins, now a prominent trumpeter and bandleader in his own right, worked with the Rebirth Brass Band throughout the ’80s but left the group to start his own career in 1994. Similarly, trumpeter Shamarr Allen left the group to forge a solo career and has made a name for himself through theater gigs with Willie Nelson’s band.
Philip “Tuba Phil” Frazier – sousaphone
Keith “Shorty” Frazier – bass drum
Derrick “Big Sexy” Tabb – snare drum
Chadrick Honore – trumpet
Stafford “Freaky Pete” Agee – trombone
Gregory Veals – trombone
Vincent Broussard – saxophone
Glenn “Lil’ Glenn” Hall – trumpet
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