What we're about

L Train Brass Band (https://ltrainbrassband.com/) is a modular collective of nearly 100 brass, reed, and percussion musicians. This nonprofit community organization is composed of diversely talented musicians who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to play anywhere and everywhere, covering a wide variety of music, from pop and hip-hop—to funk and traditional NOLA jazz—to eclectic original charts. LTBB embodies a music for life ethos by empowering busy adults to pick up an instrument and make music within a safe, structured environment that promotes creative self-expression and welcomes individuals from all musical backgrounds and walks of life.

The L Train Brass Band's membership includes both experienced musicians and adventurous amateur players looking for something new and exciting in their musical lives. While members should have basic music-reading proficiency, we're open to all levels so long as members attend rehearsals as regularly as they can.

Important Percussion Update

Thanks so much for your interest in joining the L Train Brass Band! Please note: the percussion section for the brass band is currently full. But never fear, drummers! We have a separate drumline group called 3rd Rail Drumline for interested percussionists (and non-percussion players, we take all skill levels including beginner!) If you are interested in joining 3rd Rail Drumline, Meetup announcements for this group begin with “🥁 3rd Rail Drumline...” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact drumline@ltrainbrass.com .

Important Dues Update (effective April 14, 2021)

Mandatory member dues are “waived” until further notice. As member dues are a critical part of maintaining our collective, we are seeking voluntary contributions in the form of donations that will go directly towards our operations. Details on how to donate will be provided separately by email or Slack message. Voluntary donations are tax-deductible and are suggested to be $15 per 3-month quarter.

When regular dues resume, updated instructions on how to set up your dues payments will go out 30 days in advance and you’ll have an additional 30 days to make your first payment. The “resume date” will be based on COVID guidelines, vaccination statistics, and our budgetary needs. When dues resume, the amount will remain at the current rate of $5.95 per month.

Basic Membership Expectations During Dues Suspension

In addition to the Meetup group, all new members must join the LTBB Slack workspace to be considered “active” in lieu of paying dues. New members who have not joined the Slack workspace within 30 days of joining the Meetup group will be removed by the Meetup organizers.

While certainly not required or enforced, we warmly encourage all members to check in on Slack for updates, participate in conversations, and attend at least one (online or in-person) event per month if possible.

Important FAQs (See more new member details and FAQs here (https://ltrainbrassband.com/join-us))

IS THE BAND STILL ACTIVE DURING THIS TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING?

As active as we can be, that’s for sure! We have scheduled online mass-gatherings via Zoom as well as virtual game nights, workshops, and random fun (such as learning to cook with our lead clarinetist).

WHAT INSTRUMENTS CAN PLAY IN THE BAND?

Our instrumentation is inspired by a mix of NOLA trad jazz and European brass band traditions, and specifically includes: clarinet, saxes (alto, tenor, & bari), trumpet, middle brass (F & Eb horns), trombone, baritone/euphonium, sousaphone, and percussion.

WHEN DO YOU MEET AND DO I NEED TO ATTEND EVERYTHING?

Under normal circumstances, our regular rehearsals are held every Sunday at noon, with gigs and events scattered over evenings and weekends. We suggest that you come to a minimum of two rehearsals a month to keep up with the repertoire, but you are not required to attend every event or rehearsal. NOTE: See "Basic Membership Expectations During Dues Suspension" above for more information on virtual attendance expectations during the pandemic.

DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO BE IN THE BAND?

After a 30-day free trial, our members pay mandatory dues, currently fixed at only $5.95 per month. NOTE: Mandatory dues are currently waived, please see above for “Important Dues Update” for details. Dues subsidize rehearsal space rent, parade fees, marketing materials, digital service fees, and more. 100% of members' dues contributions benefit the collective as a whole (no one receives a paycheck). Our dues minimize out of pocket expenses and keep our members showing up for each other.

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