Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This 12-piece group of brass players and percussionists re-imagine the marching band, drawing repertoire from rock, jazz and classical with captivating new arrangements of Björk, Swedish metal pioneers Meshuggah, American experimental composer Frank Zappa, and jazz legend Charles Mingus. The debut recording includes new music written for the band by Tyondai Braxton (Battles), Stew and Heidi Rodewald (The Negro Problem and Spike Lee's Passing Strange), and celebrated Balkan wedding band master Goran Bregovic.
Personnel: Jessica Schmitz (piccolo); Alex Hamlin (soprano saxophone); Ken Thomson (alto saxophone); Peter Hess (tenor saxophone); Shane Endsley, Stephanie Richards (trumpet); Jen Baker, Alan Ferber (trombone); Kenneth Bentley (sousaphone); Nick Jenkins (bass drum); Sunny Jain (snare drum).
Audio Mixer: Damon Whittemore.
Recording information: Water Music Studios, Hoboken, NJ (08/09/2009).
Directors: Ken Thomson ; Jessica Schmitz.