Images of brass bands marching through the streets, particularly in conjunction with jazz funerals and second line parades, have come to represent the distinctiveness of New Orleans. Typically the brass band is made up of a tuba, trombones, trumpets, clarinet and/or saxophone, snare drum, and bass drum. The portability of the ensemble has allowed the bands to travel beyond the streets and onto the stages of neighborhood barrooms, concert halls, and international festivals. In each context, the role of the brass band is to bring people together in an expression of collective celebration.
Read more about the Second Line tradition in the Music Rising courses on this site:
MUSC 1900: New Orleans Music
DANC 3240-01: African/Caribbean Based Social and Vernacular Dance Forms
Andrew Bailey Interview Sample