The Lowdown Brass Band (LDB), believes in the positive effect that music can have in the lives of people. Their mission is to share that positivity with all they encounter. The LDB has had the privilege of carrying out that mission to thousands of young people throughout Illinois and the U.S., by providing a unique, high-energy experience for your students and faculty alike. Accompanied by street-beat rhythms, bass-heavy Sousaphone and the melodic force of the brass, the LDB take your students on a journey through time, back to the origins of second-line music,  all the way through it’s modern day evolution including hip-hop MC,s. Please help keep our living legacy alive and thriving through musical education!

“The Lowdown Brass Band was one of the most outstanding and entertaining performances in the history of Jazz in the Meadows! These guys put on a fantastic show/clinic on the Second Line/New Orleans style. Students were literally jumping out of their seats!” 

– Kevin Carroll, Director of Orchestras Rolling Meadows High School


The LDB offers several different options to suit the needs of your school including:


– Full school assembly performances K-12 & Collegiate

– Clinics  Beginner-Advanced

– Master Classes  Intermediate-Advanced

– Jazz Big Band Clinics Beginner-Advanced

– Jazz Combo Clinics Beginner-Advanced


Your students will get to work with professional musicians. Although the LDB is a brass band, many of our members are multi-instrumentalist and play a wide array of instruments including: Piano, Bass, Drum Set, Vocals, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone (Soprano, Alto, tenor, Bari), Sousaphone (Tuba), Clarinet, Flute. 

Talk to us about how our educational presentations can be subsidized by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


“The Lowdown Brass Band introduced the layers of the Dixieland riffs and created improvisers of our middle school summer band campers. An entire morning was devoted to having the members of the LDB work with smaller groups of the students before a mass jam session was put together – the kids had a blast and some of our successful jazzers at the high school were part of that experience as middle school students. Had a great time with Lowdown Brass Band!”

– Sheri Conover, Lake Zurich High School


Booking Contact:

Andrew Zelm


847 845 0443

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