What do you get when you bring six music teachers, performers, and specialists together?
Rochester’s new favorite local brass band: Loud Mouth Brass.
While the band might be the only brass band many residents can name, that doesn’t mean they didn’t earn that (unofficial) title anyways.
Band members Zach Sander, Jon Knutson, Becca Combs-Cawley, Eric Stashek, Nick Novotny, and John Sievers have taken their musical talents to the recording booth and come out with an EP.
To celebrate, Loud Mouth Brass will host a release party Tuesday at Canvas & Chardonnay.
Their first record, “Loud and Proud,” features five original tracks. With a wide mix of funky music with a splash of New Orleans, Loud Mouth Brass will bring fun and dancing all night.
“I don’t think there’s anything more high energy than a brass band,” trumpet player Jon Knutson said. “The style of music is party music – there’s so much sound coming and there’s a lot of energy coming from everyone.”
The band explored their own jazz, funky, pop, and driving writing styles within the tracks.
Celebrating their one-year anniversary next month, the band has come a long way in a short amount of time. They credit that success to connecting with the community directly and just doing the work.
“Name another brass band with this instrumentation with a rock ‘n’ roll and party atmosphere,” tenor sax player Zach Sander said. (We tried, and we can’t.)
What is it about brass band music that keeps Rochester coming back?
“I think a lot of people like our music, but they just don’t know it because they haven’t heard anything like us yet,” Sander said. “To play something familiar in an unfamiliar way is really exciting.”
Come Tuesday, there’s hours of Loud Mouth Brass entertainment planned.
Starting at 6 p.m., Canvas and Chardonnay will teach party-goers how to paint the band’s mouth logo. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the EP release and show. The $7 ticket not only gets you into the show, but also a copy of the new EP.
It’s set to be a long, music-filled night of celebration and booty shaking with Loud Mouth Brass.
“Show up early because there might not be room,” said trombonist (and regular 507 art and music writer) John Sievers.