Brass Bands

The development of the New Orleans brass band was entwined with a new musical form—jazz—that emerged around the turn of the 20th century. Jazz synthesized ragtime, blues, spirituals, marches, European dances, Latin American rhythms, and American popular songs into a specifically African American, specifically New Orleans, musical style that features a sousaphone, cornet, sax, clarinets and, of course, snare and bass drums. The brass band has come to represent the distinctiveness of New Orleans music, most notably in the jazz funeral and the second line parade.