Introducing: The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band

big bang bhangra brass logoI am very pleased to announce the debut of my new project, The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band!   We will be headlining at this year’s Vermont Music Fest at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield.  We go on at 8:30 PM.  The festival is a wonderful collection of Vermont musicians, bands and vendors.  And . . . it’s free!  Although donations are certainly welcome.

Here’s some info on the group.

Under the direction of noted Vermont musician and band leader, Brian Boyes, the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band is one HUGE party that combines the rich musical and dance roots of Indian Bhangra, Bollywood, New Orleans Brass Bands, and the 1930′s jungle swing of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.

From call and response singing to ripping horn solos, Big Bang Brass fuses the deep funk and swing grooves of New Orleans with the centuries-old Punjabi Bhangra grooves and dance moves reaching back 500 years.  The result:  a wild and colorful explosion of musical crossroads guaranteed to stir the soul, body, and mind.

Topped off with a troupe of Bhangra dancers, Big Bang Brass features some of Vermont’s best funk and jazz players from such favorites as Movement of the People, The Saturn People’s Sound Collective, ViperHouse, 35th Parallel, Money Jungle, and D’Moja.

Playing on the VMF main stage at 8:30pm, this is one party not to be missed.


Brian Boyes trumpet, dhol, keys
Zach Tonnissen tenor sax, dhol
Gabe Halberg dhol, dholki, tabla, cajon
Brandon Klarich percussion, vocals
PJ Davidian percussion
Giovanni Rovetto bass
Jay Ekis guitar
Simone Labony Labbance flute, dance, choreography
Lloyd Dugger trombone
Matt Avery trombone
Dan Liptak saxophones


About saturnpeoplesounds

As a trumpeter, composer, arranger and band leader, multi-instrumentalist Brian Boyes has worked in Vermont for the past 16 years. As a member of a variety of award wining ensembles including the national touring jazz-funk act, viperHouse, he has been recognized for his soulful and intense approach to his trumpet. Under his leadership the group TALA was recognized internationally for its hybrid blend of world music and jazz. Tala was a featured act of both the Flynn Space Vermont Artist Series and the Discover Jazz Festival. He also works with The 35th Parallel Mediterrasian Jazz Ensemble. As an educator Brian Boyes has twice received special recognition from the Vermont Arts Alliance for his unique and creative approach to music education at Cabot School. He has shared the stage with artists such as Lester Bowie, Trey Anastasio, John Sinclair, Jody Diamond, Josh Roseman, Michael Ray, and Marshall Allen. He currently co-leads and plays trumpet with Movement Of The People: The Fela Kuti Project.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Introducing: The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band

  1. Gillian Thomas says:

    Amigos! I was hooting and hollering at y’all last Friday at PPIE MP, man, are you guys F U N !! Can someone please put me on a mailing list? Is there a website? A place I can inform myself of when you guys are performing? I just heard that y’all are performing in Cabot in December, is this true!? AHHH! Can’t wait to see you again! xo, your NEW NUMBER ONE FAN, Gillian

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s