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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 FAQs:

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 every Sunday via Zoom as well as 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.

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. 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.

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.

Attendance policy (continued): new members that are inactive for 30 days or longer will be automatically removed from the group. An inactive member refers to someone who has joined the group, but they have not RSVP'd and/or attended a meetup within 30 days and/or offers poor or no communication with the organizers. Consistent attendance and communication is paramount in our growth and fostering a fun and fulfilling experience for our active members (especially when it comes to planning performance opportunities). Members who have been removed for attendance reasons may rejoin the group when they have the time to commit to a regular rehearsal schedule.

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

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