Kinfolk Brass Band
Location: New Orleans French Quarter
Founded: October 2006
The Kinfolk Jazz & Brass Band started in 2005, and is currently directed and managed by brothers Percy and Richard Anderson. Playing music has taken the Anderson brothers around the world, touring Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and France.
The Kinfolk Brass Band is at the forefront of the New Orleans Brass Band renaissance. They fuse numerous styles of music, incorporating Mardi Gras chants, New Orleans Funk, and modern jazz ,with an old world traditional brass band sound.
The band has performed at festivals, weddings, jazz funerals, and corporate events. Playing venues ranging from local clubs and grand ballrooms to second-line parades in the streets, the Kinfolk Brass Band has been enjoyed by millions of people all around the world. In 2009, Kinfolk Brass Band released their debut album, entitled Bourbon Street Parade. Over the past year, Kinfolk has performed in over 100 weddings and conventions, making them the most requested brass band in the City of New Orleans. Most recently, the band has performed at prestigious events such the the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the 2012 Olympics in London.
The Kinfolk Brass Band embodies the unique sound of the City of New Orleans. Whether performing on a large stage, at a street parade, or in an intimate setting, the Kinfolk Brass Band provides the highest quality of entertainment with their animated style and energy. They are sure to be the highlight of any event.
Percy Anderson was born in New Orleans in 1976 and is the leader of Kinfolk Brass Band. He first started playing music in marching bands in Jr high school, under the direction of the late Donald Richardson. In 9th grade he was introduced to Jazz by an Asst. band director who was also a member of De’jean Olympia Brass Band. Percy has been a Jazz musician since 1993. Percy played with many bands in New Orleans before forming the Kinfolk Brass Band after the major disaster that followed hurricane Katrina.
Richard Anderson co-directs Kinfolk Brass Band and like his brother, Percy, first started playing music in his Jr. high school band under the direction of the late Donald Richardson. In 8th grade he was introduced to Jazz by an Asst. band director who was also a member of De’jean Olympia Brass Band. Richard later attend Southern University & AM in Baton Rouge where he studied under Mr. Alvin Batiste (Jazz Program) and received his Bachelor Degree in Music. Richard gained a lot of experience playing with various bands until becoming a founding member of Kinfolk.
Noel Freeman was born in New Orleans in 1988 and has been playing the trumpet since he was 11 years old. He started playing Brass Band music in 2004 with the Truth Brass Band. The following year he joined the Kinfolk Brass Band.
Byron Bernard Byron “Flee” Bernard’s professional music career began in 1988 under the Olympia Brass Band, performing with the Olympia Junior Band, out growing the name a couple of years later, which became the Young Olympians in 1992, We got the name Soul Rebels from Cyril Neville. As the group leader, He played the tenor, alto saxophone. In 1994, when New Orleans lead the nation in kiling, He arranged musically and vocally the popular song, “Let Your Mind Be Free”. After a 6 year stint with the band he became a member of the Rebirth Brass Band with whom he played until 2007. Since that time he have worked with numerous bands and groups, but the majority of his time is spent playing with the Kinfolk Brass Band.