Livin' for the City

How could a local band help save New Orleans? You don't know Jack.

"I've talked to people about Mike, and they're like, 'Hey, who is he?'" says Keith Frazier of the ReBirth Brass Band. "They've probably seen his band, and they still don't know who he is. But they appreciated that he did that, that he had that much concern for what's going on."

Olander had gained his contacts while hiring musicians in New Orleans last year for a project he hopes to release this spring, an instructional CD and booklet about traditional N.O. brass band music, Notice Music (a play on "N.O.," "T.C.," and "taking notice"). The bass drummer says the book will feature charts and even transcriptions of solos, while the disc will divide instruments between left and right stereo speakers, so that students can play along.

This one time, in band camp: The Jack Brass Band, pre-Mardi Gras 2006, with founder Mike Olander, far right
Daniel Corrigan
This one time, in band camp: The Jack Brass Band, pre-Mardi Gras 2006, with founder Mike Olander, far right

"I told my wife, 'I have a feeling that this is what I'm supposed to do,'" Olander says. "I'm supposed to turn other people's ears on to this style of music, because it's so different. I just wish there was more that I could do to help these guys out."

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