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Popeyes Barracks St. Brass Band Jam with OffBeat Magazine
Whoever said, “A dream can’t become reality” didn’t know the Pinettes Brass Band.
The Pinettes Brass Band, World’s Only All female Brass Band, was formed by Mr. Jefferey Herbert in 1991. Each member born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, attended St. Mary’s Academy High School an all-girl catholic school. Beginning with 16 or more members, the Pinettes ended up with not only St. Mary’s females but other females around the town.
The Pinettes Brass Band can be seen at many different venues, such as: The Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Satchmo Festival, The Krewe of Muses parade (an all female parade in New Orleans, Louisiana), and The French Quarter Festival, just to name a few. The ladies also have a long resume around the town for doing parties, wedding, conventions, schools, nursing house, etc….The band has very much in common with the other male brass bands around the city. The only difference being is the Pinettes are all females!
Some of the ladies specialize in other careers, also. From a school teacher to a computer tech, the ladies are mothers and wives. Nothing will get in the way of these ladies who consider one another sisters.
Riding down the disloyal roads of the entertainment business, the ladies still haven’t had a chance to show much of the world their skills. Knocked down so many times, the band remain standing tall and faithful. “Not even Hurricane Katrina could stop us from doing what we love.” Said Janine Waters of the band. “The band member were misplaced after the storm hit. We were in six different cities, not knowing if everyone (and their families) made it out safely. But now, we are back like you never heard us before! The Pinettes Brass Band is here to stay….Thank you, GOD!”
Today, the band is still on a journey of becoming the best in the business and to take over this male dominant industry. The Pinettes Brass Band dream is to travel worldwide and to show everyone that music definitely is a universal language!