When Sacramento trumpeter Ryan Robertson traveled to New Orleans, LA in 2010, he knew that he had found a new home and calling. Robertson immersed himself in New Orleans’ rich culture and became fascinated with the local music, finding work playing in several local brass bands. When Robertson returned to his hometown of Sacramento, in 2011, he brought the music of New Orleans with him. He quickly rallied some of Sacramento's top aspiring musicians, and the Element Brass Band was born. Robertson could not get New Orleans out of his blood and soon returned to the Crescent City to further his musical career, passing the bandleader torch to saxophonist Byron Colborn.
Second line music is most common in New Orleans, but with the efforts of groups like the Element Brass Band, second line is reaching appreciative audiences well beyond its traditional boundaries. Second line music is being played both nationally and internationally. Element Brass Band is the premier brass band in Sacramento, CA and one of the only truly authentic second line bands on the West Coast! Also known as E.B.B., the Element Brass Band has performed at many Festivals including the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the Davis Jazz Festival and the Loomis Eggplant Festival. E.B.B. has performed throughout the Sacramento area at such venues as JB’s Lounge, The Shady Lady, The Press Club, Old Ironsides, and The Torch Club. Visit the world wide web for updates on Element Brass Band’s concert schedule:
A Brief History of Second Line
Second line is a long standing tradition with brass band parades, born out of New Orleans, Louisiana. The tradition is rooted in post-Civil War America with musical ties and lineage dating back to early West African culture. The main line, also known as the first line, is the first section in a brass band parade. The first line is led by members of the respective club who hold a parading permit. In the first line of the parade you will also find the brass band. Those who follow behind the parade to dance and enjoy the music are known as the second line. This means YOU! Second line parades generally lack the slower hymns and solemn music of "jazz funerals," also a common tradition in New Orleans. The second line style of traditional dance, known as "second lining," includes exaggerated movements, loose coordination, and a freedom of interpretation. Brightly colored parasols and handkerchiefs being held high are common to brass band parades. Second line music represents freedom, history and celebration of life itself!