Black Men of Labor celebrate 20th anniversary in style

They stood on sidewalks Sunday afternoon and spilled into the streets of Treme to see the Black Men of Labor, clad in maroon hats and pants and brightly colored vests, as they strutted and danced to the music of the Treme Brass Band to celebrate the second-lining organization’s 20th anniversary. They started their march about […]

BMOL Parade 2013

The 20th annual Black Men of Labor parade Sunday, October 20, 2013. The group celebrated improvisation through the streets, creating formations and dancing in syncopation to New Orleans Traditional Jazz Music. The BMOL is dedicated to empowering its community with the resources and support necessary to provide access to the arts for all of the […]

The Beat Goes On: The Ongoing Legacy of Brass Band Music in New Orleans

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Almost year-round in New Orleans, large brass band ensembles featuring trombones, saxophones, trumpets and drums can be heard throughout the city, filling the streets with joyous, upbeat tempos like an infinite parade. The rich brass band tradition in New Orleans — modeled after military bands — has been a part of the city’s lifeblood since […]