Michael Jones (MJ) (snare drum), born in Touro Infirmary - "dat dirty dirty south" New Orleans, LA. Studied & was schooled in Baton Rouge, LA. Many musicians helped along the way such as: Richard Amos (N.O. Holy Name Singers-bass), Charles Richardson (IDMR Lettsworth LA.-bass), "Dog" (N.O. Holy Name Singers-drums & bass), TOPCAT (SF), Michael Windsay (Topsy Chapman's Jazz Trio-drums), Derek Tabb (Rebirth), "The Jones Family", Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, PBS, Batiste & Friends) & many more! He has been seen with Ras Digital and The Roots Anthem Band, The Rodney Preston Project, Miles Ahead, Voices of Joy, Tristan Norton & The Slight Catch Band, R&B Singer song-writer Jon B & many other artists abroad! Likes basketball, outdoorsman, righteous cook, swimming, all music, barber skills, and most important fishing! "feel the rhythm" (M. JONES)
Naazir Magbool, 23, born and raised in Oakland, attended Xavier of NOLA, blowing the trumpet for 7 years and has touched stages with Soulit of Tokyo Japan, Corey Henry(\(\(\(\(\(\(\(New Orleans) of Galactic, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Russell Batiste and Friends & MJSBB! Mr. Magbool enjoys kickboxing, basketball, loves to help children and the community. He does volunteer work whenever he gets a chance.
Greg Gomez (trombone), highly talented horn player, SF native as well as devoted GIANTS FAN! A music instructor of all Brass instruments and of vocal abilities also. He has been seen on many stages with various musicians: Pepe Gonzalez, Berkley Sympthany, Bay Bones, David Hardiman(SF All-Star Big Band) & MJSBB! Mr. Gomez is a God fearing & family man. He enjoys his wife and 2 daughters, while taking time to get in some horseback riding, lil golf, poetry readings and enjoy the lovely life of the BAY!
Reid Johnston (sousaphone), Wisconsin born, this veteran player has been seen tearing up the stages of the Bay Area for over at least the last 10yrs. and has performed with groups such as: Brass Menazeri, Hot Pink Feathers, Lemon Lime Light Band, Fifty Foot Hose and Ray Johnson Band. Mr. Johnston enjoys cycling, snowboarding, social gatherings that include socially drinking fine WHISKEY! He is also a song writer, a major Green Bay Packers Fan, he is one of the best Design Fabricators in the Bay, Public Arts Designer and he builds guitars in his spare time! If it don't make dollars it don't make sense!! ( Reid Johnston)
Henry Westmorland, 26, born in the swamps of South Carolina, grew up studying various instruments such as: trumpet, sax, bass, drums, piano, tuba and is a diligent composer of many musical styles. He is a child born into this talent given by his parents who also are world re-known musicians. He has been seen with FireCracker Jazz Band (N. Carolina), Squirrel Nut Zippers and many established artists, & now plays tuba for MJ's Brass Boppers (SF). Likes horseback riding, golf, UFC, opera & hunting gators! "Brass is in your bones" (Henry Westmorland)
Harold "Homeboy" Wilson (bass drummer-percussionist), born and raised in the Treme, 6th Ward, New Orleans, LA. Original grand marshall, played with numerous Brass Bands worldwide including Olympic Brass Band and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Bringing the traditional NOLA second line new wave to the Bay Area.
MJ's Brass Boppers
Location: San Francisco, CA
Member: MJ, Harold "Homeboy" Wilson, Naazir Magbool, Greg Gomez, Mike Waters, Tom Salvatore, Luke Kirley,
Al Lazard, Adam Zaves