In a city known for country music and singer/songwriters, Halfbrass offers a fresh voice in the Nashville music scene. Born under the influence of classic New Orleans tradition, Halfbrass creates festive atmospheres out on the street and all the way back to the stage by mixing second-line brass band music with funk, jazz and rock. Audiences love Halfbrass for its unique sound and party-like shows; in its first year, Halfbrass was named a "Top 5 Local Band" by The Nashville Rage.
Halfbrass infuses the talents of Kevin Rimmer (trumpet), Chris West (saxophone), Oscar Utterstrom (trombone), Neil Konouchi (tuba), and Justin Amaral (drums). Thanks to their diverse backgrounds, the band has reached international audiences through both CD sales and radio airplay.
Halfbrass continues to spread their funky brass band sound to new audiences, playing all over from the Southeast to Atlantic City and New York. While touring the east coast they were so well-received that they were invited back to open for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. In addition to club dates, Halfbrass is a hit at events such as weddings, parties, corporate functions, and even backyard crawfish boils. They have performed for such companies and organizations as ASCAP, Paragon Studios, Berklee College of Music, and Vanderbilt University. Halfbrass has collaborated with several local artists, including Christina Watson, Old Union, and Greg Barnhill.
The members of Halfbrass are dedicated to musical education and enjoy teaching students of all levels. Halfbrass works well in a masterclass setting where students can listen to performances, ask questions, and interact with the band.
When you’re ready to party, Halfbrass is there. “If you ain't movin', you must be dead.”