Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2012

Degree Name

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Gier, David A

First Committee Member

Agrell, Jeffrey

Second Committee Member

Manning, John

Third Committee Member

Rapson, John

Fourth Committee Member

Turner, Richard B


This is research on the New Orleans Brass Band tradition. How popular music has influenced the bands repertoire and the style of music has been transferred to other areas of the country resulting in the formation of hybrid bands. Madison, Wisconsin is an area with two popular brass bands that began by studying the New Orleans brass bands' culture and music. Those bands are Mama Digdown's Brass Band and Youngblood Brass Band.

Mama Digdown's is a brass band that performs original music in the traditional styles and forms of New Orleans brass band. Youngblood Brass Band started because Mama Digdown's inspired them and began playing shows with Digdown's and eventually broke away to form their own band. They wanted to push the limits of the New Orleans brass band instrumentation by incorporating hip-hop, rap, jazz, 1980's pop music, rock, and heavy metal that is rolled up into an intense brass sound.


brass band, Madison, mama digdown's brass band, New Orleans, popular music, youngblood brass band


vi, 120 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-120).


Copyright 2012 Matthew T. Driscoll

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