It begins on some Saturday in January or February when we line up back in the Faubourg Marigny for the start of the Krewe Du Vieux parade. It's chaotic, it might be freezing or just cold, somebody's running late, we gotta find out our float position and text it to everybody in the band. The cats gradually accumulate behind the krewe then all of a sudden we're rolling out, we strike up and the party is on.
From that moment until 3pm on Fat Tuesday, two and a half weeks later, our small tribe of orange and blue clad musicians will be hustling around town making it to a line-up or to a club just in time to hit the downbeat. And then there it is; that sound.
That sound, when everybody is in position, we count it off and hit it, is what gets us down the street from start to finish. That's what makes us keep blowing even after the point, halfway through the first couple parades, when our chops give out.
That sound has been captured here in a recording session at a house in Mid-City during a brief lull in the parade schedule. Two days beforehand New Orleans had elected Mayor Landrieu and the city witnessed a jubilee the night before when the Saints won the Super Bowl and the streets filled with ecstatic revelers. It was an extraordinary moment in the life of the city.
Since Katrina, several of our members are living in diaspora. But every year at Carnival time we have a date with each other and the streets of New Orleans. Every year at Carnival time the vibrant yet ephemeral Panorama Brass Band springs to life once again for the time span between the Krewe du Vieux parade and Mardi Gras morning: 17 days.
released March 1, 2011
Ben Schenck - Clarinet, Congas, Shaker
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Jack Pritchett - Trumpet
JR Hankins - Truba, Cowbell
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Patrick Farrell - Alto Horn
Don Godwin - Tenor Horn, Tambourine
Mark Rubin - Tenor Horn, Cowbell
Dan Oestreicher - Baritone Saxophone
Jon Gross - Sousaphone
Boyanna Trayanova - Snare Drum
Gregg Mervine - Bass Drum, Tapan
Matt Moran - Cowbell on Track 10
Sean Clark - Bass Drum on Track 10
Produced by Ben Schenck and Patrick Farrell
Recorded by Don Godwin
Mixed by Don Godwin with assistance from Patrick Farrell
Mastered by Gene Paul and Jamie Polaski at G&J Audio, Union City, NJ
Graphic design by Donna Mussara
Photos by Alexei Kazantsev and Justin Lundgren
Recorded at 1029 Crete St., New Orleans, LA, February 8-10, 2010
Produced with assistance from a grant from Threadhead Records Foundation. www.thrfoundation.com