This unique band can perform a number of musical styles at any time. Our mission is to add to the world of music by inspiring the general public to become more aware of New Orleans' great music and in appreciating "the arts" in general. The organizational makeup empowers us to succeed in this mission. The instrumentation includes: a saxophonist, a trumpeter, a brass player/pianist, a tuba player, a lead trombonist/vocalist, a snare drummer, a bass drummer and sometimes a parade grand marshal.
We are always delighted to service your weddings, anniversaries, conventions, birthday parties, jazz funerals, political rallies, reunions, celebrations, retirements, concerts, festivals, and short parades.
The band travels regularly to all the states in the U. S. and abroad. Some of the major festivals that the band and members perform include: The North Sea Festival in Holland, The Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, The Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, The Montreux Jazz Festival in the U. S. & Switzerland, The Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and The Perigeaux Jazz Festival in France. Members also perform smaller festivals and concerts all over Spain, Turkey, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Canada, Ecuador, the Caribbean, Belgium, Brussels, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Russia, Asia, and Brazil. Coolbone is also invited regularly to perform musical clinics, workshops, festivals, and concerts in other parts of the world that include Australia and the Middle East.
The band's precision and stage charisma provided for tours with Wyclef Jean, David Byrne, Ben Harper, Spearhead, and Camp Lo. Also, included were shows with Busta Rhymes, the Average White Band, War, Ziggy & Steven Marley, the Roots, the Counting Crows, Common, the Gap Band, Bobby McFerrin, De La Soul, Better Than Ezra, Lauryn Hill, Teena Marie, Bobby Jones Gospel, Goodie Mob, Cowboy Mouth, Bootsie Collins, Tribe Called Quest, Chico Debarge, George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars, Peabo Bryson, the Isley Brothers, Montel Jordan, Dru Hill, DJ Guru, B. B. King, Chuck Berry, and James Brown. Remixes of Coolbone's music have been produced by Wyclef Jean, DJ Guru, K-Solo, DJ Smash, DJ Spooky, and Lunar Deep. Coolbone has also produced horn sectional remixes for groups such as Cypress Hill, and members have recorded with alternative bands such as the Counting Crows. Coolbone's members have performed with the OJAY's, Aretha Franklin, and the Dells. Coolbone Brass Band also performed the national anthem and breaks for the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals, and with minor league teams in Nashville, New Orleans, and Kentucky. The band also had the honor of being the chosen band to host the first reunion of the Negro Baseball League members for a week long celebration held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.