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Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band

Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band

8 reviews

About Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band

The 1st. Authentic New Orleans Jazz Funeral/Mardi Gras Marching Band West of New Orleans. For 26 years we have played Festivals, Fairs,Concerts, Weddings, Funerals, Parades & any event wishing high energy New Orleans music. We have & will travel any place any time World Wide totally Acoustic & Mobile or we can do stage shows & go electric as well with vocals. Your guest can't have more fun than this band with their clothes on. :)) Satisfied clients worldwide. Very large eclectic repertoire spanning 100 years of Great Popular American Music delivered in our own Nawlin's Improvisational style. Available with 6 - 13 players depending upon your budget. Get the Best don't settle for less.



Saints go Marchin' in
St. Gabriels Celestial BB
St. Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
Second Line
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Just a Little While
St. Gabriels Celestial BB
I'm Walkin'
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Mr Magic
St Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
Mercy Mercy
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St Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
Hello Rosa Lee
St. Gabriel's BB ( Zydeco )
Bourbon St Parade
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Grazin in Da Grass
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Saint Thomas
by St. Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
My Valentine
St Gabriels BB & Minor Williams
You & Me
St Gabriels BB & Minor Williams
You are my Lady
St Gabriels BB & Minor Williams
Ta Ta Ya Baby
St Gabriels BB & Minor Williams
Same Thing
St Gabriels BB & Minor Williams
I Surrender
St Gabriels BB & Minor Williams
Hey John
St Gabriels BB & Minor Williams
by St. Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
Got A Woman
St Gabriels BB & Minor Williams
Whoopin' da Blues
by St. Gabriels Celestial BB
Bye & Bye
ST Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band
Precious Lord Take My Hand
St Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band
St. James Infirmary
St Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
St Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band
Mo Betta Blues
St Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band
Amazing Grace
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Down By The Riverside
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Amen Amen
St Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band
Mean To Me
St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band/John Cocuzzi
All Bye Myself
St Gabriels Celestial Brass Band/John Cocuzzi
Come home Bill Bailey
St Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band/John Cocuzzi
Hello Josephine
St Gabriels BB /John Cocuzzi
Oh Happy Day
Dorothy Morrison & St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass
You're the Best thing that ever happened to Me
Dorothy Morrison & St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass
Nobody's Home
St Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
I'm a Hobo
Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
Git Sum
Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
High School Lovers
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Big Belly Blues
Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band
They Raided the Joint
Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band


These guys are amazing! We had the band stroll through our old-fashioned carnival themed summer picnic and play three 45 minute sets. The group was a huge hit and added a lot of energy to our event! Tom & the band were so great to work with and extremely flexible, tailoring the entertainment very specifically to our event. Tom was also very accommodating when it came to payment and willing to work with our company's policies. Awesome musicians, fun music, and overall a fantastic addition to our event! Thank you Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band!

Hired as: New Orleans Style Entertainment

Response from Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band:

Thank you Skye: We had as much fun as your folks, and look forward to playing for Google functions again in the future, being invited for two in one year was wonderful, we had the pleasure of playing the Holiday Party in December and then the Picnic ... Whoo hoo great crowd to play for.

Celebrating Grandpa

By Allison C. on November 16, 2015

We had the most fantastic celebration of our grandfather, the band made the night. Perfect!

Hired as: Funeral Music, Jazz Band, Marching Band, New Orleans Style Entertainment

Response from Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band:

Thank you Allison, we had a great time and were honored to be part of his Life Celebration with all those who knew and loved him so much.

What a way to celebrate

By Stephanie H. on October 29, 2015

Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band was definitely the hit of our wedding. It was like a dream to follow behind them from the ceremony to the reception, dancing all the while. They looked great and sounded even better. Fabulous players and great at reading the crowd. Having them at our wedding was quite possible one of my favorite things about the day and so many people remarked at how fun and unique it was.

Hired as: New Orleans Style Entertainment

Response from Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band:

Thanks you Stephanie, so happy it all worked out and everybody had a great time.

Tom Wiggins and da boys in da band.

You want to have a good time!!!!

By Mike S. on March 14, 2015

Couldn't be happier... The coolest Guys and the Coooolest band ever..
They were the key ingredient to the success of our wedding...
Thanx to Tom and the gang...!!!! Let's do it again...!!!

Hired as: New Orleans Style Entertainment

Response from Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band:

Thanks Mike: we had as much fun as you guys did, so glad you invited us to be a part of it.

The Best!

By Christopher C. on June 9, 2014

Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band provided an incredibly memorable New Orleans-style send-off at the Memorial Mass for our 92 year old Mother in Burlingame yesterday. As 'Da Boys' proceeded up the aisle of a packed Church playing the slow-cadence version of 'When the Saints Go Marching In', the priests and Bishop presiding smiled broadly. When SGCBB broke into the upbeat version, those smiles turned to hand-clapping and singing throughout the Church. Tom and Da Boys led the congregation a half block to the reception as vehicles stopped, people stared...and everyone smiled. The band entertained the congregation for another two hours (in stifling heat, I might add) and were gracious and accommodating- even learning to play 'O Canada'; the Canadian national athem for my Canadian-born Mother. I would highly recommend Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band for your event. They were phenomenal!

Hired as: Jazz Band, New Orleans Style Entertainment, Zydeco Band, Brass Band

Everything we hoped for and more!

By Lorna B. on September 16, 2013

We hired them to play and stroll the grounds at our 3rd BBQ CookOff, 2013, and they were great! Very high energy and fun music to bop around to while cooking, running games kids were playing, and feed 500 people on fun Sunday. Well worth the money, and everyone raved about them during and after the event. They really made it Special, and we hope to have them back at the future CookOff's. Redeemer Ministries BBQ CookOff 2013 committee member.

Hired as: Brass Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, New Orleans Style Entertainment

Made you feel like you were in New Orleans!

By Dione U. on January 21, 2013

I saw them at a wedding in Sonoma, they were fantastic!

Response from Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band:

Thanks Dione: That was a great wedding, and we had as much fun as the guests bringin' Nawlins to it. And to have people like you remember it favorably months later makes us very happy. All the best to you and yours, from us & Our, Tom Wiggins and da boys in da band.

Overall great experience

By Kevin C. on January 18, 2013

St.Gabriels Celestial Brass Band is the "REAL DEAL" a party can only get better by booking these guys!!!

Hired as: Brass Band

Response from Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band:

Kevin: Thanks, we had a great time making your party what you wanted it to be, great group of people to play for hope to do it again in the future. Tom Wiggins and da boys in da band.

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: contact for details, depends upon distance,
  • Insurance: $3,000,000,000 - General Liability
  • Languages: English


Audience members will experience Authentic New Orleans High Energy Jazz from a Brass Band as it really Sounded in the 1900's era. This is not what you ever heard on any scratchy old 78 rpm record folks, but what a real Brass Band sounds like. It launched Jazz Music, and Blues and was the foundation of Rock N Roll and much Country & Western Music as well. It's Gospel roots are ever present through it's infectious rhythms and energy. They will tap their fingers and toes and burst into spontaneous dancing ( Baptist Beware and forewarned) Nobody doesn't Love this music and this Band.

At Weddings and Festivals they will Dance Dance Dance!

At Funerals the Band provides appropriate reverent music during the services and procession, and then transforms it into a Celebration of Life and Love at the close.

Fairs and Festivals find kids from 3 to 103 always having a great time with the band dancing in the streets.

We are totally comfortable on any Concert Stage with any Act, opening the show, playing in the middle of the show, closing the show or Stealing the Show :)) We are indeed a Hard act to follow, and always leave the audience wanting and cheering for more.

Additional Booking Notes

No Technical requirements unless we are asked to do a major Concert Stage show then we will need to have some additional equipment if we are to go Electric and add vocals. Otherwise we are totally Acoustic and mobile and can play any place any time under any circumstances. We can alter our repertoire greatly, with the addition of keyboards. Guitars, vocals & P.A. System when needed.


Founded in 1990 by Band leader/drummer Tom Wiggins the band has evolved into one of the Most Well respected New Orleans Musical bands in the World. They have toured Europe extensively at many of the major Jazz & Blues Festivals and have performed with almost all the major Stars of Jazz & Blues,opening shows, playing between shows and headlining shows and festivals as well. Always a stellar lineup of high caliber and very versatile musicians to suit the discriminate tastes around the World. Tom tailors the bands shows to the specific requests of the Event producers that hire them and always delivers exactly what they want.

This Band will and has traveled anywhere depending upon the budget,and expenses for travel. They will be happy to customize the music to suit Your particular needs and styles and their extreme versatility stems from the multi-talented expertise of many of their core members who are master musicians on several instruments. We can also divide the group into two smaller units for multiple shows on the same days without sacrificing any quality.

We Offer a variety of Shows, Traditional Jazz Preservation Hall Jazz Band Style , High Energy Brass Marching Band, Cajun/Country & Zydeco Show, Traditional Gospel Show, and a High energy Variety show of Caribbean, Afro Cuban, Latin, Salsa songs, Swing Dance Band Music, R&B Soul Classics. We perform for Parades, Corporate events,Concerts, Festivals, Weddings, Funerals, Gala's, Fundraisers, Dances, Bar B Ques & Parties & Picnics too. Church Musical performances and any thing else you can think of. We are Acoustic and totally Mobile or we can go electric with great vocals and do stage shows as well.

Events always get much more for their money with this act because of our versatility and the fact that we can and will perform up to three shows per day if they are close enough together in a region, and have a breather space between them. A 75 to 90 minute daytime performance and another evening performance are ideal but we can do three 45- 60 minutes shows if it works better for your events.

The Perfect act to entertain your audience between Major Star acts, or to open the shows for them and energize the audience, or bring us in for the late night after concert party. We are very flexible.

Just a few of the Great artists we have performed with include:
Phil Collins, James Brown, Van Morrison, B.B King, Taj Mahal, Patti Labelle, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Chaka Kahn, Al Jerreau, Ike Turner Review, Solomon Burke, The Commodores, The Gypsy Kings, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, The Gospel Hummingbirds, The Soul Stirrers, John Faddis, Marlena Shaw, Slide Hampton, Chick Correa, Gonzalo Rubicano, Herbie Hancock, Buddy Guy, Michel Camillo, Dave Holland, Joe Zawinul, Clarence Trent D'Arby, Buddy Miles, Dianna Krall, Manhatten Transfer, Dianne Shur, The Family Stone, Tower of Power, War, Wilson Pickett, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Ted Curson, Percy Sledge, Calvin Owens Big Blues Band, Studebaker John & The Nighthawks, The Mingus Big Band, Maria Schneider Big Band, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Buddy Miles, Johnny Adams, Chick Willis, Dwight Edwards, Gerald Albright,Antonio Ciacco, Charlie Wilson, Maxine Nightengale, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, Al Rapone, Mark St. Mary, Bruce Gordon & Gator Beat, and countless European Jazz greats.

Prior to forming Saint Gabriels, Celestial Brass Band in 1990, Band Leader Tom Wiggins had a great career working as an agent or manager or promoter for many great artists, such as George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, Mel Tillis, Red Sovine, George Morgan, Little Jimmy Dickens, Mickey Gilley, Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, The Coasters,Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Janice Joplin, Cal Tjader, Vince Giraldi, The Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane,Malo, The Chambers Brothers, Spirit, Norman Greenbaum, Boston,Charlie Musselwhite, and many others.

Our Corporate Clients say a lot about the respect and Quality of this band. Twitter, Yahoo, Google, The Real Real, Sysco, Method, Princess House, Genomic company, Blackhawk Plaza, Neiman Marcus, Broadway Plaza Shopping center Walnut Creek, Sun Valley Mall, City of Orinda, City of Oakland, Bank of America, US Bank, City of Tiburon, City of Moscow, North Star Ski Resort, and others.... Great Festivals we have performed for: include, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Vitoria Jazz Festival, Oh Jazz Be Goode Festival,Lecce Jazz Festival,Luceren Blues Festival, Martinez Blues festival, Martinez Craft Beer festival,Calif. State College Fresno Foundation, Red Bluff Crawdad Festival, Moscow Centennial Celebration, Indiana State Fair, Alameda County Fair, Amador County Fair, Marin County Fair, Fort Mason, Tiburon Library, Crocker art Center, Gavilan College, Ventura County Fair, San Francisco Pride Parade,City of Citrus Heights Parade, City of Manteca Parade, City of Arroyo Grande, City of Sonoma Parade, City of Niles Parade, city of Coalinga, Garden Court Hotel, Marriott Hotels, Jackson Rancheria Casino, Gloria Ferrer Winery, Paraduxx Winery, Duckhorn winery, Kunde Estates Winery, Annadel Estate winery, Concannon Winery, Sebastiani Winery, Wente Winery, Frog's Leap Winery, Kenwood Winery, CBS Radio Naughty Gras, Cal Expo, Northstar Ski Resorts, Kohl Mansion, Belmont Mansion, Rossmoor Arts Center, Marin City 1/2 Marathon, and many many more. Private Fundraisers, Celebrity Funerals, and special events of all kinds.

Upcoming Booked Events

Feb 25, 2017 N.O. Funeral Los Gatos, Ca.
Feb 26, 2017 North Star Mardi Gras
Feb 28, 2017 Fillmore Parade S.F. Ca
Feb 28, 2017–Mar 01, 2017 Kingfish Restaurant San Mateo
Mar 13, 2017 N.O. Funeral ? Half Moon Bay
Apr 30, 2017 Marin Marathon/ San Rafael
May 07, 2017 Lisa Hopkins Pty Purple Orchid
May 26, 2017 Hornedtoad Festival / Colinga
May 27, 2017 Wedding Guerneville / Brian
Jun 03, 2017 Wedding Calistoga, Joanne Leu
Jun 04, 2017 Cancer Fundraiser San Jose /David
Jun 11, 2017 Jazz by the Sea Festival England
Jun 14, 2017 KingFish Rest pty
Jul 22, 2017 Wedding Kathy/ S.J. Park
Oct 07, 2017 Wedding Liza Sebastopol

Past Booked Events

Feb 23, 2017 Google's Mardi Gras Pty
Feb 18, 2017 Cline Cellars Mardi Gras
Jan 31, 2017 West Valley College
Jan 14, 2017 New Orleans Funeral Richmond, Ca.
Dec 31, 2016 Kingfish Restaurant San Mateo Ca.
Dec 15, 2016 N.O. Funeral for Reed Family
Dec 09, 2016 N.O. Funeral Memorial Oakland, Ca.
Dec 08, 2016 Rock Wall Wine Pty Alameda, Ca
Dec 07, 2016 Dinner Dance & Show Elks Lodge
Dec 03, 2016 Funeral San Jose, Ca.
Nov 05, 2016 Birthday Pty. Mil Valley Wendy.
Nov 02, 2016 N.O. Funeral Davis Family Vallejo, Ca.
Oct 30, 2016 N.O. Funeral Ft. Mason S.F.
Oct 15, 2016 Wedding/Presidio, S.F, Ca
Oct 15, 2016 Hartford Winery Zinfandel Party
Oct 10, 2016 Wrap Party for Hugh Laurie
Oct 05, 2016 Moscone Convention Center Dreamforce
Oct 02, 2016 Rock & Roll Marathon Race San Jose, Ca.
Oct 01, 2016 Bdy PTY N.O. Funeral SF Kathleen
Sep 24, 2016 Riker Wedding Stinson beach
Sep 24, 2016–Sep 25, 2016 Fantesca Winery Pty
Sep 17, 2016 Brthday Pty. Santa Cruz, Ca
Sep 17, 2016 White Barn St. Helena, 4-7 pm D Gardner
Sep 07, 2016 Funeral Service St. Gabriels Church S.F. Ca.
Sep 04, 2016 Wedding Crossroads Estate Winery Los Olivos, Ca
Aug 20, 2016 Walker wedding
Aug 19, 2016 Kline Funeral Vallejo, Ca
Aug 13, 2016 Empire Club / Pty Durham, Ca 9:30 - 12 pm
Aug 13, 2016 Wedding Durham B&B for Sarah 6-8:30 pm
Aug 12, 2016 S.F. Airport
Aug 06, 2016 Chatfield Ranch, Clements, CA. Pty Chas: 6-9pm
Aug 03, 2016 Churchill's Anniversary Pty S.F.
Jul 31, 2016 Great America Festival
Jul 30, 2016 Mardi Gras, Unitarian Church WC,Ca. 6-10 pm
Jul 30, 2016 Great America Festival
Jul 26, 2016 Intel Company Celebration Santa Clara,
Jul 24, 2016 Wedding for Colin Mendocino
Jul 24, 2016 Great America Festival
Jul 23, 2016 Great America Festival
Jul 17, 2016 UnityCenter Walnut Creek, Ca
Jul 16, 2016 Arrow Wood Winery Glen Ellen
Jul 16, 2016 N.O. Funeral Memorial Chapel of Chimes
Jul 09, 2016 New Orleans Funeral Memorial, Danville
Jul 09, 2016 N.O. Funeral Memorial Rhonert Park Ca.
Jul 04, 2016 Laidley St. Parade S.F. 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Jul 04, 2016 American Canyon Parade
Jul 04, 2016 Orinda Parade 9-11 am
Jul 03, 2016 Fasoli Party
Jun 26, 2016 Nascar Race Sonoma Raceway 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Jun 18, 2016 N.O. Funeral/ St Columba church, Emeryville, Ca
Jun 17, 2016 Palo Alto Art Center 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Jun 15, 2016 Stuart Hall Graduation S.F.
May 30, 2016 Mercy McMahon Terrace - 3865 J St Sacramento, CA 95816
May 27, 2016 Wedding for Julia Davis Ca. 11 am
May 21, 2016 Angela's Mardi Gras Pty S.F.
May 19, 2016 SPIN Grand Opening S.F.
May 18, 2016 City Club Mardi Gras S.F. 5-7 pm
May 07, 2016 N.O. Funeral/Methodist Church, Campbell
May 01, 2016 N.O Funeral S.F.
Mar 05, 2016 Fundraiser Mardi Gras Marin County
Feb 27, 2016 N.O. Funeral Parade Davis, Ca.
Feb 24, 2016 Senior Center San Leandro Beau ? 4-6 pm
Feb 13, 2016 Mardi Gras Dinner Dance Danville, Ca. 8-10:30 pm
Feb 11, 2016 Prvt Crrp event Square S.F. Ca. 4:30 -6:30
Feb 09, 2016 Empire Club Mardi Gras Durham Ca. 9:30 pm
Feb 09, 2016 S.F. Fillmore Mardi Gras Parade 6-8pm
Feb 06, 2016 Pvt. Bday Pty S.F. for Chris Tolles 9-11pm
Feb 06, 2016 North Star Ski Resort,Truckee, Ca. 2-5pm
Dec 31, 2015 Yacht Club 7- 8:30 pm Tiburon
Dec 19, 2015 Paterson Wedd. Woodside Terrace 4- 9 pm
Dec 09, 2015 Bentley Reserve Company Party S.F. 4-6 pm
Dec 08, 2015 S.F. Hospital event Ironworkers 11 am -1
Dec 07, 2015 Chapel of Chimes Oakland, Ca. N.O. Funeral 11: am
Nov 27, 2015 Wedd. Proposal Mission St S.F. /Michael 8-9pm
Nov 11, 2015 The Avant Palo Alto 1- 3:30 pm
Nov 02, 2015 St Columba's N.O. Funeral 10 am
Oct 24, 2015 Angela's Mardi Gras Party Octavia St S.F. 7-9
Oct 24, 2015 Wedding Grace Cathedral S.F.
Oct 18, 2015 Alamo Sq Park S.F. McCarron Wedding 3:30 - 6:30pm
Oct 17, 2015 Wedding in San Jose Chris Legre 2 hrs.
Oct 04, 2015 Huntington Beach N. O. 2nd line Funeral 5:30-8:30
Oct 03, 2015 Wedding Juoaquin Miller Park Oakland 4-6 pm
Oct 03, 2015 Pvt. Wedding Carmel, Ca. 4-6 pm
Sep 30, 2015 N.O. Funeral S.f. 12- 2:30 pm
Sep 27, 2015 Lone Tree Cemetery NO Funeral 12-2:30 pm
Sep 26, 2015 Oliphant Wedding Pt. Reyes, Ca. 5-7 pm
Sep 19, 2015 Davis Ca. Funeral Life Celebration 4- 8 pm
Sep 17, 2015 N.O. Funeral Service Los Gatos Cemetery. 10 am.
Sep 14, 2015 Funeral Oak Hill Cemetery San Jose, Ca. 11 am
Sep 13, 2015 Music Event Niles Ca. 3:00 pm
Sep 12, 2015 Wine & Art event Capitola, Ca. 2:00 - 4:00
Sep 04, 2015 Costello Wedd. PGS Nestldown, Los Gatos,Ca. 3-6:30
Sep 04, 2015 Wedding 2nd line San Jose 1-2 pm

The team providing the talent:

Tom "Backbeat" Wiggins

Leader/ Drums/percussion/ Business manager

Mike "Boneman" Rinta


Frankie "Screetch" Bailey


Mark Bolin


Buddy "Stache" Apfel

Sousaphone/Tuba/Cornet/Euphonium/String Bass/vocals

Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs


Paul "Tillman" Smith


Edward "Sonny" Fairley


James Nelson


Alan "T-Bone" Williams

Alternate 2nd Trombone

Luke Kirley

Trombone & Tuba

Eric Burger


David Hardiman Sr.


Paul Branin


Charles Hamilton

Alternate Trombone/flugelhorn/ tuba

Bob Sakoi

Alternate Trumpet

Benwar Shepard

Alternate Sousaphone

Mary Goulding

Washboard/vocals/Grand Marshall

Dwight "Lightnin" McQueen

Drums/Grand Marshall

Courtney "Whammy" Jones

Alternate Trumpet

Danny Armstrong

Alternate Trombone/vocals

Shane Cox —

Trumpet / T-Bone/Sousaphone

Willy Jordon



St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band made our wedding the success it was. They are talented, flexible and extremely high energy. Tom Wiggins, the band leader, was wonderful to work with and very responsive. We had a wedding parade from our ceremony to our reception and the band made it a hit. So many guests said it was their favorite part of the wedding and any wedding they had ever been to. If you're thinking about booking St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band don't hesitate- just do it! You and your guests will be blown away by their enthusiasm and talent.

– Anna Martignetti

They were great! They really brought our Fat Tuesday celebration to life! -Amber W, Truckee, CA 2011
They were even better for our Mardi Gras party in 2012
They are so good I hired them to play my wedding as well.

– Amber Whitman

These guys exceeded our expectations. All of our members completely enjoyed the experience and were very impressed with the quality of their performance. Joel Reger Director of Resort Operations -Joel R, Brentwood, CA

– Joel Reger

St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band were awesome. Our attendees absolutely loved them. Tom was so easy to work with and accommodating as we had a few changes on site. I would highly recommend St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band! -Pamela L, Los Angeles, CA

– Pamela L, Los Angeles, CA

Saint Gabriel's you guys rocked our Parade and we were so happy to finally be able to get your participation at the Horned Toad Derby and Parade Event. Everybody loves you guys thank you, thank you, thank you. Hope we can do it again Next year. You brought so much fun to everyone.

– Katie Delano

Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band were all that and then some, made my special day totally unforgettable for all of us.

Thank you all very much, it took me right back home to New Orleans.

– Romy Thompson


Thank you and the band for making my Wedding so special everyone loved your band and music so much and my husband was totally surprised.

– Cathy Gessert


Thanks for a great party for our members, they loved you guys and want you back again soon. you were the hit of the party.

– Richelle Skillicorn

Tom, Thanks to you and all the guys for bringing your Beautiful Music to our Fair, it was loved by everyone and we had nothing but great compliments, looking forward to inviting you back again.

– Jim Farley CEO Director

Tom, thanks once again for a great job for our Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration, everybody loved you guys again especially the Parade for the Kids around the Ice Skating Rink. Look forward to having you back again.


– Amber Whitman

Hi Tom & da boys in da band!

Thank you so much, again, for playing at Naughty Gras on Saturday. You and the band are such an important part of the event and I was thrilled to have you back. As soon as I have the date for next year’s event, I’ll let you know so you can put it on the books.

– Karen Filben

We called Saint Gabriels' Brass Band for an unusual request, and wow did they deliver!! A surprise Birthday Party and we wanted them to sneak into the house from the rear and upstairs, then at just the appropriate time come marching and blasting down the spiral staircase playing Happy Birthday. They did it and totally caught the Party Boy and all the guests by total surprise and they were even better than we anticipated, easy to work with and cooperative in every way especially for just such a short engagement. we wanted them for just a special effect and surprise, and they certainly delivered it perfectly, even thought they spent a lot more time just getting to the party and finding a place to park and driving back home than they did playing. They were worth every penny of it the guest would have liked them to stay all evening, but we had already hired another smaller jazz band to play for dinner. All in all it was a great party and these guys capped it off right. 3/10/12

– Jennifer Moses

We still can't believe these guys would come out with only a one day notice and turn our Street Block party into such a great success even in the rain, especially when they had a very big important show that evening 40 miles away. We saw them at a Block Party in San Francisco earlier in the year and they were the absolute hit of that party, at which it also rained lightly, but that did not slow them down at all nor dampen their energy. They are everything they claim to be and then some, do not hesitate to book them if you can for any kind of event. 3/31/12

– Celestine Johnson

After the tremendous success of our Unity Ball last year we decided to have an Authenitc Mardi Gras Event for 2012, so of course we called Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band for the Music, they rolled into town in the afternoon and played a second line parade for our Free event for the Community at the Convention Center, and then doubled back to Blow the roof off the Gala Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball that evening at the Library. Soooo much fun these guys bring to any event, but especially if it has a Mardi Gras theme. They are the real thing and do not hold back when it comes to bringing the music. 3/25/12

– Lynnise Davis

We have an upscale retirement community with some very picky members, and we recently called upon Saint Gabriels' Brass Band on very short notice to come play a Mardi Gras Dinner party and celebration at our community center. They came they played, they thrilled everybody and honored all their requests as well. These guys are a very polished and professional group of musicians who make sure their audience has a good time. All the residents are advising us to bring them back again soon. In previous events we have had a problem with the members getting bored and leaving early, not so with Saint Gabriel's they stayed at least an hour past the end of the program just chatting with the band. 2/24/12

– Joel Reger

Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band was the absolute highlight of our Grand Opening Celebration for Neiman Marcus new Store in Broadway Plaza , Walnut Creek. We here at the plaza still can't believe these guys can get up that early and roll out playing with that much energy, and with music loved by everyone at the event too. From kids to the grandmas they kept everybody dancing around and tapping their toes in the brisk morning air while they enjoyed coffee and chocolates to start the day off. Looking forward to having them back for other events at the Plaza soon. 3/9/12

– Tracy Dietlein/Event Director

Well the Meadowcroft wines second Mardi Gras Party at the Crossroads in Sonoma was a great success once again and after word got out about Saint Gabriel's Brass Band after our first event in 2011, the run out for 2012 multiplied and a great time was had by all. These guys rolled into Sonoma ready to blow the tent down after driving to Sacramento and playing a Mardi Gras Parade at 7:45 a.m. then rushing to get to Sonoma to kick off our party and keep the folks entertained all afternoon. Good Food, Good friends and Good music and good Meadowcroft Wines kept the good times rolling all afternoon. 2/18/12

– Phyliss Hyman

On Jan. 9, 2012 Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band once again led over 1,500 of our Nurses in a Mock New Orleans Style Funeral Procession sans caskets and appropriately attired mourners to protest actions at the California State Capitol negatively affecting patients and nurses. The California Nurses Association has had the great pleasure of working with this great band for several years now and always look forward to their enthusiastic participation in our events. Their music certainbly sent our message loud and clear to the media and state politicians at the capitol. 1/10/12

– Jennifer Halpern

A great Parade and Mardi Gras celebration went off perfectly in the Northstar Village thanks in no small part to Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band, that led the Parade and kept the crowds dancing on their skates on the Ice Rink in front of the Stage. The guys made certain that everybody at the resort was having a good time and they played great New Orleans music that made everybody happy. We felt so lucky that we could get them to come all the way up here on such short notice to make our first Mardi Gras such a success. What a pleasure to work with such a high caliber and totally professional group of musicians. 2/10/12

– Amber Whitman/Northstar Ski Resort

Thanks to Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band our first Mardi Gras festivities event went off without a hitch at the Blackhawk Shopping Plaza, they looked and sounded so good strolling throughout the Shopping Mall around the fountains and in and out of several of the stores to the delight of the customers and proprietors alike. We look forward to having them back again for other events in the future.

– Jim Douglas/

Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band was exactly what my family wanted for our Mother and matriarch of our family's life celebration, in Los Gatos, California where the band put on an absolutely Beautiful and touching show at the conclusion of the Religious services coming in dressed handsomely and colorful as requested to add the perfect ambiance to the services. Even the Archbishop attending was duly impressed and stated that he wished all Funerals could be like this. Over 500 friends and family attended this event and everyone absolutely loved the band and their music chosen perfectly to honor a grand lady loved by so many for so many years. A wonderful send off. On behalf of my entire family Thank you so much.

– John Lynnot/ Funeral Client

Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band was once again the smash Hit of KCSM's great Annual Naughty Gras Party at Cal Expo. Over 7000 party revelers danced all through the event like it was indeed Mardi Gras In New Orleans following this high energy band everywhere. They wowed everybody at the 2011 event and brought it back again even better this year. These guys never fail to Bring the Party and our 2012 event was certainly no exception. We have already booked them back for 2013. Lez Bon Temps Roulez !! 2/24/12

– Karen Filben/ Naughty Gras

These guys proved they are indeed much more than just a great New Orleans Brass Band, which we have hired before very successfully. They dressed to kill and fit the Latin theme of our event beautifully, and they played some great Latin Music as requested, along with much of their extensive repertoire of great American Dance music in more styles than we could keep track of.

Everyone in attendance at this big annual Gala event is still talking about them, playing the right songs at the right time. It was fun to see them in Big Band mode with excellent vocals mixed into the hot dance tunes. We look forward to hiring them again for next year's event. Truly a professional band that delivers exactly what you ask for, it is easy to understand their popularity they are a wonderful group to work with from start to finish. Melissa Hardy, Chairman, Bentley School Gala Fundraiser.

– Melissa Hardy/Gala Director

St. Gabriel's performed at Rossmoor Community at the Stanley Dollar Mansion Clubhouse for my Mother's Memorial Service, on July 8th, 2011 and were simply wonderful, and were absolutely loved by all the friends and relatives that attended the service. They even had folks walking over into the service from the Golf Course just to hear the music. Thanks guys for making it a non forgettable and pleasurable uplifting experience for us all, Mom wanted to go home in style and you certainly made that happen. Lynnette,

– Lynnette Logue

Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band was by far the Best act in our Arroyo Grande Centennial Block Party & Parade. They hit the stage running and immediately grabbed the audience and had them up and dancing all around the stage by the second song. Then changed format and Led the Parade across town in grand style. Fun group highly recommended to anybody.

– Curtis Reinhardt

Wow Tom you guys Rocked the entire town, and had thousands of our residents dancing in the street all across the Parade route on the 4th of July. We are so happy we could get you again this year. Watching all those little kids dancing and jumping for joy was a sight to behold. All the Grandmas got great photos of their grand kids with the Band.

– Cindy Powell

Saint Gabriel's Brass Band absolutely MADE our Laidley Street Party a tremendous success for the second year in a row. Thanks guys for bringing the Party to the Party. Everyone is still talking about you guys and the great music and all the kids were simply in awe !! Your including them in your performances was spellbinding. 7/4/11

– John Abelson

I can't praise you guys enough for the AMAZING performance at our wedding. We got nothing but compliments all night long and you continue to be the talk of the town. I just hope you guys will be around long enough to do all of our special events!

– Christopher Brian

Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band traveled 400 miles to make the Memorial Service for our Mother Spectacular, they transformed Camarillo into New Orleans in a drumbeat as they led the guests on a Second Line parade procession in the Pouring Rain, which did not dampen the spirits of our family and guests one bit. We are so happy we found them and had them give Mom the send off she always wanted and so befitting for a woman who lived life to the fullest.
Niki & Steve Murillo 2/19/11

– Steven Murillo

When we hired Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band to play our Steak and Lobster Dinner event for Mardi Gras we really had no idea who these guys were, since non of us college 20 something's had ever been to New Orleans, but after the first twenty minutes we knew we had something special at our event, they just blew the roof off the place and blew everybody away with their music. We could all swear we were in New Orleans, and everybody danced until they made us shut the place down. :)) 3/4/11

– Elliott Heath

Saint Gabriel's promised to make our event memorial and they certainly did that, everyone who attended is still talking about them and how much fun they brought to Sonoma , even a bit of Rain did not dampen their high energy music. From the Second Line parade through our beautiful gardens to the non stop dance rhythms they kept everybody dancing and having a wonderful time. We can't wait to do this again next year. 3/5/11

– Phyllis

Wow !! is all we can say !! about this great Entertaining Group Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band, they were indeed the hit of our Naughty Gras Party at Cal Expo on Feb, 26, 2011 attested to by the 7000 party attendees following them around all night from staging area to the Vip lounges, and all through the event. They definitely kept the energy level up and everybody dancing where ever they went. We have already invited them back for next year. The perfect band for this event if there ever was one. They all had great fun and made certain that all the guests did as well.

– Karen Filben

St. Gabriel's definitely brought the PARTY to our Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser Unity Ball at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Kicked off the VIP reception with Cajun Zydeco music and then a fabulous Second Line Parade across the front of the Hotel to the Ballroom right up onto the stage. They had everyone dancing in the aisles and having a marvelous time. Then they played a great set of Dinner Music while we ate and then cranked up the Party again after Dinner with all the New Orleans favorites keeping the dance floor full to the very end. We certainly look forward to inviting them back next year. 5/26/11

– Lynnise Davis

St. Gabriel's made our Halloween Mardi Gras/ Halloween Masquerade Party one of the best parties we have had in many years and they were greatly enjoyed by the attendees as well as all the neighborhood residents and hundreds of Trick or Treating youngsters. Truly a great way to celebrate Halloween. Thanks guys it was sooooo much fun. 10/31/10 S.F. Ca.

– Robert Bailey

Tom, we can't thank you guys enough for the great surprise Party Parade entertainment for our friend Joe, he was totally surprised and blown away. Everyone in the parade and the party loved you guys and the great energy you brought to the party. What a great sound and acoustic too, and I appreciate your getting this together for us at the last minute. A good time was had by all. Sorry it rained on our Parade ha ha, but it did not stop you guys and even gave it a New Orleans Authenticity. Nobody will forget it.

– Tyler Hurd

Tom, what a pleasure to work with you guys,and what an extraordinary job you did for us and at the last minute too, not many Bands or band leaders could or would go that extra mile and take on organizing just the right music and band on such a short notice. I am certain we will call upon Saint Gabriel's for more events in the future. Dusty would have been proud and he was definitely here in Spirit. All the guest loved your band and music. Thanks to you guys the event was a terrific success.

– David Boyle/Manager Terra Gallery S.F. Ca

Thank you guys for making our special day sensational, the music was far beyond our wildest expectations, and the fact that you actually did Play all the songs we personally selected was even more amazing considering the musical diversity of the styles. We will not hesitate to recommend Saint Gabriel's to any of our friends looking for a band. What a night it was for everyone.

– Ian & Eliza Conroy

Tom:and all the guys and Gals in the band, you made our day spectacular, far beyond our wildest expectations, and all our family and guest were mystified with your music, as you could no doubt tell with the dance floor packed. The Mardi Gras Parade at the end of our Ceremony was simply wonderful and it will be a day none of us will ever forget. Just can't Thank you guys enough.

– Alan & Denise Eugenio

Wow!! two days later and we're all still buzzed, What a fabulous job you guys did!!! Gusest have been calling it "spectacular" "The Party of the Century" "wonderful" and just downright "Amazing" that your band and 200 costumed people were able to March, Dance and Parade around the street without a peep of discontent from the Police. !! They came by Six times just to hear the music :)) ha ha, We hope you guys enjoyed yourselves as much as all of us did. Hope you come back and play for us again next Year.

Tom, Tom, & Tom, from the TOM TOM Mardi Gras Party.

– Tom Tom Mardi Gras Party

Wow! you guys are sensational this is the most fun I have had participating in any Parades, I hope all future Parades I am in have you guys right in front of me leading us through the parade, I could not ask for a better band to follow, and the excitement of the people was amazing. I hope to see and hear you guys again soon.

– Congressman John Garamendi

Everyone in Red Bluff is still talking about the incredible performances put on at the Crawdad Festival by Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band who showed us they are indeed One of the finest Brass Bands in the World and they totally blew the audiences away with their Stage shows on Friday night to kick off the Festival. The versatility of this band is simply sensational, and their talent knows no limits. What a Fun organization and a real pleasure to do business with, they were everything they claim to be and a whole lot more. We are proud to say we have already booked them back for next year's Festival.

– Tammy Reeder

Saint Gabriel's headlined our Fair for the Barnyard Mardi Gras and certainly turned every day into a Mardi Gras for all in attendance. Two Parades a day and stage shows as well gave us a very wide variety of wonderful New Orleans music, from the Brassy Street Brass Band to sit down Preservation Hall style Traditional Jazz loved by the Senior Citizens. It was particularly great of them to take the time to interact with the audiences and make so many friends in our community. After the first day our Board of Directors instructed me to make sure and hire them again soon.

– Troy Bowers

We have been fortunate to book Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band for our Fair for the past two years and they have delivered some of the greatest audience pleasing music that our fair attendees have ever seen. Their mobility and acoustic performances are remarkable and they are so versatile in repertoire that they please everyone from 3 years old to 103 years old. Delightful to work with on all aspects. Looking forward to hiring them again soon.

– Beth Mederos

We cannot recommend Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band often enough, they are a sensational and very professional organization in every respect, and take particular pride in giving the family exactly what they want musically.
I am from New Orleans, and these guys are the REAL DEAL authentic New Orleans Jazz Funeral Band of the highest possible caliber, these gentlemen add real class to our Funeral presentations, and they serve all faiths.

– Charles Hotchkiss

Tom, We have been so happy to have Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band perform for our Memorial Day Ceremonies for the past two years, and we continue to receive great comments about the band and your selections of music beyond the typical Military and Patriotic Songs, and your renditions of those with a New Orleans Flavor is simply fabulous. We are delighted to recommend your band to our clients for their personal Funeral and Life Celebration events, and everyone that has hired you has thanked us over and over again for telling them about your great band. The Newspaper stated that "Saint Gabriel's Rocked the Cemetery" and you certainly did in a profound way. We sincerely look forward to working with yoiu folks for a long time to come.

– Harley Forrey

Tom it is always a pleasure to have your band play for our clients Funerals, the professionalism and sincerity that you bring to their Services are remarkable every time. We have no hesitation to recommend your great Authentic New Orleans Jazz Funeral Band to anyone. Seems like you guys always make them Tearless Funerals, and instantly but respectfully transform the atmosphere at the Funeral services to a life Celebration which is greatly appreciated by our clients.

– Tim Mcavoy

Tom, you guys promised to Rock our Wedding Reception and Rock it you Did more people should hire St. Gabriel's for their Weddings. Not your typical Wedding band playing the Chicken Dance , but real honest to goodness New Orleans Second Line Brass Band Music. You had us and our guests Boogie'n all night, what a Party and you guys brought it.

– Sean Braden

Without a doubt Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band was the most popular band in the Citrus Heights Red White & Blue Parade we have never seen so many kids and old folks alike up and dancing, and the interaction with the kids was spectacular. Hope you guys can b e with us again next year, and I will certainly keep you in mind for other events sponsored by our firm. It was a total pleasure to work with you.

– Liz Krohn

Thanks you! Thank you! Thank you! Saint Gabriel's was the absolute Hit of the Parade, and we were all just thrilled to have a group such as yours perform in our Parade. Everybody in town is still talking about you and asking why you have not been in all the previous Parades. We certainly look forward to your participation again next year if we can work it out.

– Cindy Powell

Saint Gabriel's was the highlight of our 4th of July event, and everyone in attendance was happy and commenting about how great the band was and the selection of music had us all dancing in the streets. They are looking forward to doing it again next year. Your players were a real joy to work with and went over and above expectations to deliver a great day for us.

– John Abelson

Thank you so very much for your work and effort today! There are not enough words to describe how amazing the parade & band was, nothing beats a good, old-fashioned hometown parade. Everybody just loved Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band. You came, you did your thing and Napa is better off - thank you so very much. I am blessed and humbled to be the Chair of this event and your participation made it worth all the effort.

– Doris Gentry

Set List

We have over 500 Great songs in our repertoire spanning 100 years of the greatest Hits of American Music. We are happy to customize the music for your engagement to meet your specific wishes and needs if booked early enough to arrange it. We are happy to provide an extensive list of songs upon request.

We offer American Country Music Shows, Polka/Octoberfest shows, Mardi Gras Shows, Authentic New Orleans Style Jazz Funerals. Parade Shows, Concert shows, Gospel Music Shows, and many other specialty Shows.

St. Gabriel’s Brass Band Song Lists for 2011

SG Saints Go Marchin’ In
SG Boogaloo Zydeco
BS Ba Duey Duey
RB Second Line
DJ Iko Iko
LA Do you know what it means to Miss New Orleans
SG Mo Betta Blues
DD Cissy Strut
SG Echos of New Orleans
DD It Ain’t My Fault
DD Oop Pop A Doo
DD Mardi Gras in New Orleans
DD My Feets can’t Fail me Now
JB I Feel Good
JB Night Train
JB Cold Sweat
SG Big Chief
DD Goin’ to the Mardi Gras
SG Jambalaya
LA Basin Street Blues
SG Bourbon Street
LA What a Wonderful World
LA Mood Indigo
SG Grazin in the Grass
SG Mack the Knife
SG You Are My Sunshine
SG Won’t you come home Bill Bailey
SG Summertime
PH Mood Indigo
SG St. Thomas
SG Caravan
FD Hello Josephine
FD Blue Berry Hill
FD Sentimental Journey
FD I’m Walkin
HH Chameleon
HH Watermelon Man
SG Mercy Mercy Mercy
SG Mr Magic
KR Struttin’ Wit some Bar B Que
RB Lil’ Liza Jane
RB Feel Like Funkin It Up
RB I Feel Like Bustin Loose
RB Sweet Georgia Brown
RB Do Whatcha Wanna
RB Blue Monk
PH Georgia on My Mind
PH Tiger Rag
SG St. James Infirmary
PS Higher & Higher
PS Last Chance to Dance
LA Hello Dolly
SG Kansas City
SG Chicken Shack
LA Jada
SG Got my Mojo Workin’ (Muddy Waters

Saint Gabriel’s Gospel Songs - Concerts & Funerals
DD. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
DD Amazing Grace
DD Down By The Riverside
SG Bye & Bye
DD I’ll Fly Away
SG This Little Light of Mine
DD Jesus on the Mainline
DD What a Friend We have in Jesus
DD I shall not be Moved
DD Please Let me Stay a Little Longer
DD John The Revelator
DD Is there anybody Here that loves my Jesus
SG Amen Amen
SG Just a Little While to Stay Here
SG Didn’t He Ramble
SG Tin Roof Blues
SG Whoopin’ da Blues
SG Do Lord oh Do Lord Remember Me
RB Lord Lord Lord sho been Good to Me
PS Glory Glory When I lay my Burden Down
SG In the Sweet Bye & Bye
PH His Eye is on the Sparrow
PH St. Louis Blues
PH Precious Lord take My Hand
SG How Great Thou Art
SG Gimme that Ole Time Religion
SG The Preacher
SG Oh Happy Day
SS I’ll Take you There
BW Lean on Me
SG Will the Circle Be Unbroken
SG He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand

Saint Gabriel’s Additional Songs for Weddings and Parties
Shotgun Jr. Walker
Celebration Kool & The Gang
Supersticous Stevie wonder
Dance to the Music Sly & Family Stone
Funky Broadway Wilson Pickett
Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
House of the Rising Sun Eric Burdon
Everyday People Sly & Family Stone
Land of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
Shake a Hand Shake A Hand
I used to Love Her Beatles/Dr. John style
Walkin To New Orleans Fats Domino
Stuff Like Tha

Concert stage show with Zorina London vocalist

Jeepers Creepers Where'd ya get them eyes
The Lady is a Tramp
Stormy Weather
Fly Me to the Moon
Good For Nuthin' Joe
Am I Blue
Harlem on My Mind
Go Back where you stayed last night
Cest si Bon
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
I wanna, Be Evil
All of Me
Good Morning Hearthache
God Bless the Child
Blue Moon
What ever Lola Wants Lola Gets
Monte Carlo
La Sine
La Vien Rose
What's Love got to do with it
Let's Stay Together
Rock me Baby
Proud Mary
Everyday I have the Blues
Down Home Blues
Maybe Someday Baby
Steamroller Blues
Real Sad Story
Don't mess with my man
Dr Feelgood
Something's Got a Hold on Me
Let the Good Times Roll
Sugar Daddy Blues
Kansas City
Stormy Monday
Going to Chicago
Since I fell for You
Bright Lights Big City
Too Much Woman
Send Me Someone to Love
The Blues Is Alright
Evil Gal
I want a Big Fat Ugly Man
Backdoor Man

Influences & Inspiration

Olympia Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Pin Stripe Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Neville Brothers, Ray Charles, Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass, Hank Williams Sr. Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Wilson Pickett, and any other band that plays Funky Music.

Setup Requirements

None usually we come self contained for regional gigs, may need: P.A. System, Electronic Keyboards and Guitar Amps and Full Trap Drum Kit for Out of State and International performances.


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