Empire Strikes Brass | Theme for a Celebration

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Theme for a Celebration

by Empire Strikes Brass

This high-energy music is pushing the boundaries of traditional brass band funk and jazz by incorporating elements of rock, blues, reggae, hip-hop and country creating an album that celebrates the wonderful diversity in music and life.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fat Flat 4
3:13 $1.29
2. Theme for a Celebration, Pt. I
4:00 $1.29
3. Polish
5:00 $1.29
4. Don't Stay Away
3:38 $1.29
5. Things You Expect
3:33 $1.29
6. Snuffy's 2nd Line
4:06 $1.29
7. Tired Southern Eyes
4:13 $1.29
8. Iridescent Adolescent
4:30 $1.29
9. We Tried
5:30 $1.29
10. Boxcars in the Sky
4:06 $1.29
11. The Knocker
3:43 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Empire Strikes Brass is more than just a brass band. They are a dynamic 9-piece crew that can take you from the traditional sound of New Orleans Second-Line, Jazz, and Funk music all the way out to some East Coast Soul, Reggae, Southern Rock, Hip-Hop, and much more. The band has excited fans all over the world with their explosive energy since their formation in 2013. With their debut album entitled "Theme for a Celebration", Empire Strikes Brass is truly breaking molds and taking risks as they move from one style to another keeping the underlying theme of celebration through diversity of music and life present throughout. Whether you're grooving out to the funky vibes on tunes like "Polish" and "Iridescent Adolescent", rocking out to the heavy power of "Fat Flat 4" and "Tired Southern Eyes", singing along to the sweet reggae sound of "Don't Stay Away", being teleported to the musical city of New Orleans with "Snuffy's 2nd Line" and "Theme for a Celebration", driving down the road to "Boxcars in the Sky", remembering the good times with the classic sound of "We Tried", laughing along with life at the Randy Newman-esque "Things You Expect", or bobbing your head to the fiery hip-hop funk joint "The Knocker", Empire Strikes Brass will fill your ears, minds, and souls with a sound that is reliably and recognizably awesome! Come join the celebration and hear for yourself!

Empire Strikes Brass is:
Alex Bradley - Trumpet
Sean Donnelly - Keys, Vocals
JP Furnas - Bass, Trombone, Bass Synth
Kelly Hannah - Guitar, Vocals
Nik Hope - Drums, Percussion
Pauly Juhl - Saxophones
Debrissa McKinney - Vocals, Saxophone
Lenny Pettinelli - Keys, Vocals
Kyle Snuffer - Trombone
Henry Westmoreland - Sousaphone
Jerome Widenhouse - Trumpet

Special Guests on Track 11:
Austin Haynes
Philo Reitzel

Executive Producer:
Sean Macanallen

Co-executive Producer:
Pauly Juhl

JP Furnas
Lenny Pettinelli

Additional Production:
Empire Strikes Brass

Recorded and Mixed by:
Julian Dreyer at
Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC

Additional Recording done by:
Lenny Pettinelli at
Cricket House Studios VOV Records in Asheville, NC
Philo Reitzel in Asheville, NC

Mastered by:
Piet Dalmolen
Universal Balance Productions in Arcata, CA

1. Fat Flat 4 - music written by Oso Rey
2. Theme for a Celebration Part Un - music and lyrics written by Lenny Pettinelli
3. Polish - music written by Lenny Pettinelli
4. Don't Stay Away - music and lyrics written by Phyllis Dillon and Arthur Stanley Reid
5. Things You Expect - music and lyrics written by Sean Donnelly with horn arrangements by Lenny Pettinelli
6. Snuffy's 2nd Line - music written by Kyle Snuffer
7. Tired Southern Eyes - music and lyrics written by Kelly Hannah with horn arrangements by Kyle Snuffer and Lenny Pettinelli
8. Iridescent Adolescent - music written by Pauly Juhl and JP Furnas
9. We Tried - music written by Lenny Pettinelli
10. Boxcars in the Sky - music and lyrics written by Kelly Hannah with horn arrangements by Lenny Pettinelli
11. The Knocker - music written by Lenny Pettinelli with lyrics by Austin Haynes, Philo Reitzel, and Debrissa McKinney

All tracks arranged by Empire Strikes Brass

Graphic Design and Artwork by Oso Rey

A very heartfelt thank you to all of our family, friends, and fans who made this album possible with their love and support in addition to their contributions and pledges to our Kickstarter campaign! We love all of you and we can't wait to play this music LIVE in your cities sometime soon!

c. 2017 Empire Strikes Brass. All rights reserved. All music and lyrics protected.



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