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March Fourth Marching Band

by MarchFourth Marching Band

This 30-person band is a high-energy, eclectic and mobile unit of good times, playing a Fellini-esque mix of originals and classic Mardi Gras mayhem, afro beat, Mexican hustle, sultry samba, big band, and gypsy folk with booty-shaking beats.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. Space Hole
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2. Oqbalak Yom Miladak
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3. Ah Ya Bibi
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4. Pilo Erect
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5. Baby
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6. Yiddish Blues
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7. Matador
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8. Nej Nej
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9. Crack Haus
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Genre-busting. Cinematic. Community-driven. Sonically and visually stunning. Unified and diverse.

MarchFourth is a date, a command, and a large band poised to take on the world. How do you define the experience of a MarchFourth show? What kind of images emerge when you listen to their eponymous 9-song debut disc? Imagine Duke Ellington meets Sgt Pepper in an international big-top Fantasia evoking a familial community reminiscent of the Grateful Dead. Imagine a 1920's speakeasy where Mr. Bungle meets the Shogun Warriors in a PG Clockwork Orange. M4 is not just for hipsters and adults; the kids and grandparents love it too!

MarchFourth Marching Band got it's name by accident when a bunch of artists and musicians in NE Portland decided to put a marching band together for a Fat Tuesday party (March 4th, 2003), originally performing a 7-song set of tunes that included covers of Rebirth Brass Band, Fela Kuti, and Fleetwood Mac. The band's gigs in the following weeks-- a peace rally and opening slots with the Youngblood Brass Band and Pink Martini -- cemented the group as a unit. Since then, M4 has performed over 300 shows for just about every type of audience imaginable. Without guitars or keyboards, M4 "rocks" with the best of them, swirling the audience with an over-the-top explosion of performance and charisma.

MarchFourth Marching Band has evolved into a mobile big band spectacular, consisting of a 12-piece horn section (4 saxophones, 4 trombones, & 4 trumpets), a 10-piece drum/percussion corps, anchored by electric bass (battery powered). The sound is huge, melodic, and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe. MarchFourth writes and performs its own material, and also draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide influences, such as Eastern European Gypsy Brass, Samba, Funk, Afro-Beat, Big-Band, Jazz, and Rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and Vaudeville.

Stilt-walkers, unicycles, fire eaters, puppets, flag twirlers, burlesque dancers, clown antics, and acrobatics are just some of the things you’ll see accompanying this eclectic big band. MarchFourth Marching Band’s four stilt-walkers are world-class, performing acrobatics, dance routines, and even fire dancing on stilts—all in fanciful costumes. The other six beauties can fill the stage with mesmerizing original dance routines (inspired by styles such as bellydance, hip hop, jazz, cheerleading, burlesque, and ballroom) or spread out into the audience and get everybody dancing. The musical quality, the energy of the band, and the spectacle of the dancers all combine to create an original performance that appeals to everyone.

To MarchFourth Marching Band, art is life. Aside from being performers, the members of MarchFourth are also full- or part-time artists, designers, and craftspeople. All of our drum harnesses (welded from recycled bicycle parts), stilts, costumes, merchandise, audio, and visual propaganda are designed and produced by members of the band. In addition, we also conduct workshops for children and adults in the areas of musical instruction, stilt-walking, fire-spinning, make-up, and costuming.

One of the biggest things that sets us apart from other bands is that M4's impact is immediate and infectious, with an audience demographic that is wider than your average rock, pop, jazz, or jam band. From the hippest to the most un-hip, from conservative to liberal, from infant to elderly: all walks of life have been seen enjoying MarchFourth. All agree that M4 is one of the most exciting acts emerging out of the NW, and that the band is already performing at a national-level caliber.


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leximoon

Saw them at Shambhala & BRC----love it. Now I have it at home!
The cd is missing my one favorite vocals track I've heard them play.....but I still love it----I create to it.

doug buurma

buy for all your old band geek friends!!!!!!!
I couldn't stop laughing!!! This is Pendulously STOOOOOPendous. Buy for all your old band geek friends to bring them up to date on what's happening.!!!!

Katie

Want to be happy?
If you want to be happy, buy this cd. if you want to be even happier, see these guys in concert. It was the highest spirits i've ever seen a multi-age audience get. march4 got EVERYONE on their feet screaming and jumping for joy. an amazing way to bring people together. now with the CD we're gonna bring people together to have a rockin' dance party in your living room!

Kiwi j

If hell has a college then M4 would be the marching band
Saw these cats in San Fran on Dec. 30th, 2006.

Blew my mind...'nuff said!

Richard Kahn

Lotsa fun. I'm dancin' !
I love Balkan and other types of brass band music so this CD hits the right spot. The music is fun and in right spirt of a fok dance party- I just need some shlivovitz to round out the experience. Also, my birth day is March 4th-that's how I got it. My daughter gave it to me and that added to the perfection.

space cadet

Album of the 21st Century Already!!!
Magic in a bottle.. And endless supply of engry in every note! Not to be missed...

Adam Erickson

The entire office is marching fourth
Wonderful, energetic, powerful stuff. After seeing them live I thought the CD may be a dissapointment because the live show is so amazing. As it turns out, though, so is the CD! A great mix of engineered recording and live performance. I played it for several office mates and now they're marching straight here to pick up the CD. Love it.

Meredith

Dancer's Dream
Although this band is terrific live, the CD is a great substitution! Each song brings new excitement and energy - I was sorry when the CD ended! I look forward to more of their work in the future!

David

Tore the roof off at Burning Man
DIS ALBUM DONT LET UP!!!! Nine tracks of pure power from a band tthat is totally on its way to world domination. THEY JUST NEED TO TOUR FARTHER AND WIDER!!! COME TO AUSTIN

Colleen McKeown

OMIGOD! Melded my back-in-the-day band geek and current love for dancing & circu
This CD is so worth it. Buy one. Buy another for your best friend. I'm going to.
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