If you've never been to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, all we can tell you is that a lot of people's preconceptions are wrong. While it's true that there can be found drunken frat boys on Bourbon Street, that scene is not what Mardi Gras is about.
The music of mardi gras, of course, is the party starter but our angle on it has been to listen to how the same instruments are used for the same purpose in various other cultures and do our best to bring those parties to the streets of New Orleans.
Geljan Dade (pron. "Ghel-yan Dah-day") was brought to the Brass Band by accordionist and alto horn man Patrick Farrell. Although the song's origin is unknown to us, it was popularized by the late Serbian-Romani (Gypsy) vocalist Šaban Bajramovic, from the southern Serbian city of Niš.
The title means "Daddy is Gone" in Romani and refers to the singer's father having traveled to America. Geljan Dade has been performed and recorded by bands around the world and Patrick's arrangement is based on a recording by Orkestar Bakije Bakica from Vranje a small town also in southern Serbia.
Panorama Brass Band has gotten a lot of mileage out of this tune for the past several years. It has become a Mardi Gras favorite of our dance team, the Panoramblers, as well as our mother-krewe, the Saint Anthony Ramblers.
And if you have been to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans but you haven't heard us play, it isn't too late. Come on out and if you see us, HOLLER!
from Song-of-the-Month Club: Good Music For You
track released February 1, 2016
Recorded February 13th, 2013 @ Piety Street Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Dan Oestreicher - Baritone Saxophone
Jack Pritchett - Trumpet
JR Hankins - Trumpet
Patrick Farrell - Alto Horn
John Gerken - Tenor Horn
Don Godwin - Tenor Horn
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Jon Gross - Sousaphone
Boyanna Trayanova - Snare Drum
Richie Barshay - Bass Drum
Produced by Don Godwin, Patrick Farrell and Ben Schenck
Music arranged by Patrick Farrell
Session engineered by Wesley Fontenot at Piety Street Studios
Mixed by Don Godwin at Airshow, Takoma Park MD
Mastered by Randy LeRoy at Airshow, Takoma Park MD
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Unknown
Super special thanks to Mark Bingham for wonderful food and beautiful vibes during the recording session.