Lumar LeBlanc and Co. — also known as Soul Rebels Brass Band — is stoked to be performing at the 2011 Great American Brass Band Festival. And the band is happy to be bringing its “organic sound,” comprised of a tuba, two trombones, two trumpets, a sax and two drums.
“We’re honored to be asked to the festival, honored to play for the festival,” explained LeBlanc in a telephone interview from the road. “(The festival) honors brass bands, and that’s definitely up our alley. We’re going to come and give you guys some energetic, soulful music that just knocks you off your feet.”
Soul Rebels Brass Band formed in 1991 when LeBlanc and Derrick Moss, who were members of New Orleans’ esteemed Dejean’s Young Olympia Brass Band, decided to branch out and play music that blended the new music they heard with the traditional sounds they admired. The duo had strong backgrounds in New Orleans jazz, being natives of the Birthplace of Jazz, but contemporary music also was on their radar.