SEE IT: Brooklyn’s Brass Queens headline Village Halloween Parade
November 4, 2022 Beth Eisgrau-Heller
The Brass Queens is a Brooklyn-based, all-female, eight-piece New Orleans-influenced brass band with a wide, genre-crossing repertoire. Front Row: Trumpet players Stephanie King (left), Co-Founder Alex Joseph (center), Minerva Johnson (right). Second Row: Co-Founder and alto saxophone player Ally Chapel (left), trombonist shared the group always seeks female drummers first. But, many of their go-to musicians play on Broadway and are in extremely high demand. As such, their percussionists are constantly rotating. Photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller
Brooklyn’s own Brass Queens, an eight-piece ensemble with an all-female horn section, performed at this year’s Village Halloween Parade. The band is deeply inspired by the New Orleans tradition which influences their sound that spans various genres. Their goal is to expand the space for women in a male-dominated industry. Brass Queens has performed at the Brooklyn Public Library’s 125th Gala Celebration, the 2021 Met Gala, Governor’s Ball Music Festival, and for notable clients including Chanel, Facebook, Instagram, Mattell, New Balance, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., and many more. The members live in Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, Crown Heights, and Park Slope, among other Brooklyn neighborhoods.
On being invited to headline New York City’s 49th annual Halloween Village Parade, Co-Founder and trumpet player Alex Joseph shared, “Being invited to lead the parade was a huge honor. The parade is a cultural institution that many of us have participated in over the years with different groups, so to have them recognize our band in particular and the impact we’ve had in the community means so much to us. We hope that having a female-led band leading the parade will inspire others to keep making music and making space for themselves and their art.”