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Rebirth Brass Band hits Breckenridge today

AUSTIN DIAZ

BRECKENRIDGE – Straight from New Orleans, the Rebirth Brass Band comes to town to get things hopping at the Breckenridge Music Festival today. Comprised of three trumpets, two trombones, a snare drum, a bass drum, a saxophone and a tuba, the nine members of the group have traveled all over the world. They’ve toured with big names like the Grateful Dead, George Clinton and the P-funk All-Stars and Ani DiFranco.”Touring with Ani was lovely,” said Philip Frazier, the tuba player. “We were really able to hold our own with the crowd and had a great time.”Judging from their latest album, “Rebirth for Life,” the ensemble can hold its own in front of any audience. And those wary of a brass band sound can put aside their fears. The drums and Frazier’s tuba introduce most songs, and the other instruments soon join in to provide a layered sound that, even on the album, sounds like a live performance.”We usually bring a couple of friends into the studio when we record,” Frazier said. “That way we really are playing in front of people.”The group also throws in vocals to complement its big band sound.”Some members are assigned to lead vocals and others to background,” Frazier said. “But sometimes everyone sings lead.”Formed in 1983, the group recently celebrated its 21st anniversary. The lineup changed – only three original members remain – but Frazier, an original member, contends the spirit has stayed. The group began as high school friends, all members of the marching band. Frazier, who had played trombone since elementary school, picked up the tuba for the group.”The tuba is the most fun,” Frazier said. “It’s the center of the group and leads the songs.”The most surprising thing for Frazier is how far the tuba has taken him.”I’ve traveled the world with that instrument, (though I) never thought I would,” he said. “I’ve been to Germany, Turkey, Damascus.”The list of foreign countries is quite extensive, and fans receive the group enthusiastically.”They love it,” Frazier said. “In New Orleans, people don’t appreciate it as much because they get brass band all the time.”With already 10 albums under its belt, Rebirth plans to return to the studio within a year in hopes of producing for Mardi Gras.”We are Mardi Gras, man,” Frazier said.As for the show this Sunday, Frazier has some advice.”Bring your dancing shoes my friends,” he said. “It’s going to be a good time.”Austin Diaz can be contacted at adiaz@summitdaily.com.


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