"Sacramento's own second line marching band, Element Brass Band, is out with a new album. "Cali's Got a Brass Band" continues the group's tradition of horn-driven, high-energy marching music and features album art from local Shaun Burner"
“It tends to sort of create its own energy, rather than just channel the energy of our environment,” says Joby Morrow, one of Element’s trombone players. That energy shows in the massive crowds who have come to see Element at Concerts in the Park, as well as all the fans who voted the group as the best jazz act in the Sammies two years in a row. Now, fans are waiting for Element’s second album, which will be comprised of entirely original music."
"There are scheduled band sets and workshops, but the most “in the moment” activities take place in an extemporaneous or impromptu setting. Just take Sacramento’s the Nibblers and Element Brass Band—the groups collaborated on a pair of unscheduled campground jams that attracted a dancing, sweaty mass of revelers, who overflowed a batch of easy-up canopies in the early July heat."
"As the members of the Element Brass Band walked in and made their way to the stage, still playing and marching to the beat, crowds of people behind them entered the small venue. The saloon suddenly became packed as people shuffled in to listen."
"This is Element Brass Band’s first SAMMIE win.. about a dozen musicians crammed onto the stage and pumped up the dwindling crowd at Ace of Spades. As the show came to an end, folks poured into the streets and the band followed and kept playing. People grabbed each other and started dancing – a big grand finale to the 23rd SAMMIES."
"I like Sacramento, but “like” was all I felt until last month, when I turned a corner on my walk home from work and found a New Orleans-style brass band playing Gnarls Barkley on the sidewalk just a few blocks from my house.."
"Part hip-hop cypher, part jazz lounge, Flow is an exciting new monthly event going down every second Thursday at Assembly (1000 K Street). Hosts Jay Siren and Andru Defeye welcome you to enjoy the sounds of your house band for the evening, Element Brass Band, while new guest MCs take to the mic every month, creating a unique experience where New Orleans Jazz and underground hip-hop are highlighted together."