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Born on the streets of Asheville, NC, Empire Strikes Brass has been exciting fans around the world with their unique and dynamic approach. Since their formation in 2013, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from around the globe. Arrangement and the writing process is a collaborative band effort, taking multiple genres of music and weaving them together through the horn section. The diversity present is what makes ESB unique. There are definite nods to Old School Funk, Ska, Southern Rock, Alt Country, Hip Hop, Boogaloo and New Orleans Jazz. Expect face melting guitar solos, soul shaking synthesizer solos, lush vocal harmonies, powerful moving drums, thick nasty bass, hypnotically rhythmic keys and wall to wall horn power. Very few brass bands are able to fuse so many styles and array of technique into their work, but Empire Strikes Brass makes it happen again and again.

ESB is thrilled to announce the release of its debut album, Theme For A Celebration, which dropped Friday, February 3, 2017. The album “celebrates” the band’s love for brass instrumentation while drawing inspiration from different musical styles and influences. Throughout the band’s evolution, Empire Strikes Brass has developed its own unique sound that evolved from a traditional New Orleans Brass band to a ‘BrassFunkRock’ band with no limitations. They can share a world of high energy music in one setting that is packed full of flavor. In 2016 they played multiple festivals, had the pleasure of having Warren Haynes sit in with them at New Mountain Amphitheater in Asheville, celebrated the life of Dizzy Gillespie for the fourth year in a row in his hometown of Cheraw, SC, for the South Carolina Jazz and Heritage Festival, co-billed with Dr. John & Lettuce and even paraded hundreds of folks to a secret stage late night at the Big What? Festival. Empire Strikes Brass is now primed to take things to the next level on the national and international scenes with their eclectically evolved sound.







Pop/Top 40
Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Aretha Franklin – Chain of Fools
Aretha Franklin – Respect
The Band – Baby Don’t You Do It
The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band – Ophelia
The Band – The Shape I’m In
The Band – Stage Fright
The Band – Up On Cripple Creek
B.B. King – Hummingbird
B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
Beatles – Dear Prudence
Beatles – Do it in the Road
Beatles – Girl
Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Beatles – Hey Jude
Beatles – In My Life
Beatles – Let it Be
Beatles – Norwegian Wood
Beatles – Let it Be
Beatles – Rocky Raccoon
Beatles – Sgt. Peppers/Little Help from my Friends
Beck - Guess I’m Doing Fine
Beck - Loser
Beck - Where It’s At (2 Turntables)
Ben Harper - Burn one Down
Ben Harper - Steam My Kisses
Beyonce - All the Single Ladies
Beyonce - Crazy in Love
Beyonce – Halo
Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine
Bill Withers - Grandma’s Hands
Bill Withers - Just the Two of Us
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Bill Withers - Use Me
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Black Sabbath - Sweet Leaf
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Bob Dylan - Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright
Bob Dylan - Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay
Bob Dylan - The Man in Me
Bob Dylan - Most of the Time
Bob Marley - All Day All Night
Bob Marley - Baby Baby We Got a Date
Bob Marley - Exodus
Bob Marley - High Tide or Low Tide
Bob Marley - I Shot the Sheriff
Bob Marley - Is This Love
Bob Marley - Jammin’
Bob Marley - Mellow Mood
Bob Marley - Satisfy My Soul
Bob Marley - Soul Shakedown Party
Bob Marley - Turn Your Lights Down Low
Charles Watts - Express Yourself
Credence Clearwater - Bad Moon Rising
Credence Clearwater - Down on the Corner
Credence Clearwater - Fortunate Son
Credence Clearwater - I Heard it Through the Grapevine
Credence Clearwater - I Put a Spell on You
Credence Clearwater - Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Credence Clearwater - Proud Mary
Credence Clearwater - Suzy Q
Credence Clearwater - Who’ll Stop the Rain
Daft Punk - Around the World
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Daft Punk - Lose Yourself to Dance
David Bowie – Changes
David Bowie - Fame
David Bowie - Life on Mars
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie - Space Oddity
Doobie Brothers - Black Water
Doobie Brothers - Listen to the Music
Earth Wind and Fire - Let’s Groove Tonight
Earth Wind and Fire – September
Earth Wind and Fire - You’re a Shining Star
Elton John - Bennie and the Jet
Elton John - Honky Cat
Elton John - Your Song
Eric Clapton - After Midnight
Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally
Eric Clapton - Layla
Eric Clapton - You Look Wonderful Tonight
Etta James - At Last
Etta James - I’d Rather Go Blind
Frankie Valli - Beggin’
Frankie Valli - Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Freddie King - Going’ Down
Freddie King - Same Old Blues
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Grateful Dead - Casey Jones
Grateful Dead - I Know You Rider
Grateful Dead - Ripple
Grateful Dead - Shakedown Street
Grateful Dead - Standing on the Moon
Grateful Dead – Sugaree
Hall and Oats - I Can’t go for That
Hall and Oats - Rich Girl
Isley Brothers - Between the Sheets
Isley Brothers - Footsteps in the Dark
Isley Brothers - Work to Do
James Brown - Cold Sweat
James Brown - Get on the Good Foot
James Brown - Get on Up
James Brown - Get up off of That Thing
James Brown - I Feel Good
James Brown - I Got Soul
James Brown - Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
James Brown - Pass the Peas
James Brown - Shake Everything You Got
James Brown - Try Me
Jazzanova - I, Human
Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
Jimi Hendrix  - Hey Joe
Jimi Hendrix  - Joker and the Thief
Jimi Hendrix  - Voodoo Child
Jimi Hendrix  - Wind Cries Mary
Kool and the Gang - Hollywood Swingin
Kool and the Gang - Jungle Boogie
Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
Led Zeppelin - Over the Hills and Far Away
Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll
Led Zeppelin - Street Corner Girl
Lou Reed - Rock and Roll
Lou Reed - Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Little Dragon – Wildfire
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Little Feat - Spanish Moon
Little Feat - Willin’
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday’s Gone With the Wind
Marvin Gaye - Ain’t no Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye - Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing
Marvin Gaye - Got to Give it Up
Marvin Gaye - I Heard it Through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get it On
Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me
Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On
Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
Muddy Waters - Hootchie Cootchie Man
Neil Young - Don’t Let it Bring You Down
Neil Young - Down By the River
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Neil Young - Old Man
Nirvana - Lake of Fire
Nirvana - My Girl
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Otis Redding - A Change is Gonna Come
Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay
Otis Redding - Hard to Handle
Otis Redding - Shout
Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine
Percy Sledge - Warm and Tender Love
Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
Phyllis Dillon - Don’t Stay Away
Pink Floyd – Breathe
Pink Floyd - Brick in the Wall
Pink Floyd - Fearless
Pink Floyd - Money
Pink Floyd - Time
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Prince - Call My Name
Prince - I Would Die 4 U
Prince - Kiss
Prince - Purple Rain
Rolling Stones – Angie
Rolling Stones - Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’
Rolling Stones - Miss You
Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
Rolling Stones - You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Sam Cook - You Send Me
Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People
Sly and the Family Stone - If You Want Me to Stay
Sly and the Family Stone - It’s a Family Affair
Sly and the Family Stone - Sing a Simple Song
Sly and the Family Stone - Thank You
Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
Steve Miller Band - The Joker
Steve Miller Band - Take The Money and Run
Steve Winwood - Can’t Find My Way Home
Steve Winwood - Dear Mr. Fantasy
Steve Winwood - Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Pride and Joy
Stevie Wonder - Jesus Children
Stevie Wonder - Superstitious
Stevie Wonder - You are the Sunshine  
Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
The Temptations - Just My Imagination
The Temptations - I Wish it Would Rain
The Temptations - My Girl
Van Morrison - And it Stoned Me
Van Morrison - Caravan
Van Morrison - Crazy Love
Van Morrison - Into the Mystic
Van Morrison - Moondance
Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
War - Low Rider
War - Slippin’ into Darkness
Wilson Pickett - Midnight Hour
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally

New Orleans/Parade/Brass Band:

Cab Calloway - St. James Infirmary

Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Ain't Nothin But A Party

Dirty Dozen Brass Band - I’ll Fly Away

Dr. John - Iko Iko

Dr. John - Jump Sturdy

Dr. John - Junko Partner

Dr. John - Loop Garoo

Dr. John - Mama Roux

Dr. John - Mos Scocious

Dr. John - Right Place, Wrong Time

Dr. John - Such A Night

Dr. John - Walk On Guilded Splinters

Galactic - Bakers Dozen

Galactic - Hamp’s Hump

Grateful Dead - Ripple (Second Line Style)

James Booker - Sunny Side Of The Street

Louis Armstrong - When The saints

Meters, The - Cissy Strut

Meters, The - Ease Back

Meters, The - Fire On The Bayou

Meters, The - Hey Pocky Away

Meters, The - Looky A Pi Pi

Meters, The - Mardi Gras Mambo

Meters, The - They All Ask’d For You

Meters, The - Soul Island

New Birth Brass Band - Lily Of The Valley

Papa Grows Funk - Stanky

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Bourbon St. Parade

Professor Longhair - Big Chief

Professor Longhair - Mardi Gras In New Orleans

Rebirth Brass Band - AP Tureaud

Rebirth Brass Band - Do Whacha Wanna

Rebirth Brass Band - Feel Like Funkin’ it Up

Rebirth Brass Band - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Rebirth Brass Band - Ya Move Ya Lose

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Second Line Style)

Stanton Moore - Blues For Ben

Treme Brass Band - Just A Closer Walk With You

Treme Brass Band - Second Line

Trombone Shorty - Hurricane Season


Antonio Carlos Jobim - Agua De Beber

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Brazil

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Corcovado

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Desafinado

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Girl From Ipanema

Antonio Carlos Jobim - How Insensitive

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Manha de Carnival (Black Orpheus)

Antonio Carlos Jobim - One Note Samba

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave

Artie Shaw - Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

Beatles, The - Till There Was You

Benny Golson - Killer Joe

Billie Holiday - All Of Me

Billie Holiday - Am I Blue

Billie Holiday - Blue Moon

Billie Holiday - Body and Soul

Billie Holiday - Come Rain Or Come Shine

Billie Holiday - Darn That Dream

Billie Holiday - Don't Explain

Billie Holiday - Lover Man

Billie Holiday - Man I Love, The

Billie Holiday - Moonlight In Vermont

Bobby Darin - Beyond The Sea

Charles Mingus  - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Charles Mingus - Moanin

Charles Mingus - Nostalgia In Times Square

Chet Baker - Have You Met Miss Jones

Chet Baker - I Fall In Love Too Easily

Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine

Chet Baker - Tenderly

Clifford Brown - Jordu

Cole Porter - Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)

Cole Porter - Night and Day

Dave Brubeck - Take 5

Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca

Dizzy Gillespie - Night in Tunisia

Dizzy Gillespie - Salt Peanuts

Dr. John - Ac-cent-chu-ate The Positive

Duke Ellington - C-Jam Blues

Duke Ellington - Caravan

Duke Ellington - Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me

Duke Ellington - Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Duke Ellington - In A Sentimental Mood

Duke Ellington - Mood Indigo

Duke Ellington - Perdido

Duke Ellington - Satin Doll

Duke Ellington - Take The A Train

Ella Fitzgerald - All The Things You Are

Ella Fitzgerald - Angel Eyes

Ella Fitzgerald - April In Paris

Ella Fitzgerald - Cheek To Cheek

Ella Fitzgerald - Dream A Little Dream

Ella Fitzgerald - It's Only A Paper Moon

Ella Fitzgerald - Makin’ Whopee

Ella Fitzgerald - Skylark

Ella Fitzgerald - Sweet Georgia Brown

Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill

Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin'

Fats Waller - Honeysuckle Rose

Fats Waller - Jitterbug Waltz

Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon

Frank Sinatra - I Get A Kick Out Of You

Frank Sinatra - I Only Have Eyes For You

Frank Sinatra - L-O-V-E

Frank Sinatra - Misty

Frank Sinatra - My Way

Frank Sinatra - Nature Boy

Frank Sinatra - New York New York

Frank Sinatra - Nice and Easy

Frank Sinatra  - Way You Look Tonight, The

Fred Astaire - Puttin' On The Ritz

Freddie Hubbard - Little Sunflower

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay

Gene Wilder - Pure Imagination

George Gershwin - A Foggy Day

George Gershwin - I Got Rhythm

George Gershwin - Our Love Is Here To Stay

George Gershwin - Someone To Watch Over Me

George Gershwin - Summertime

Glen Miller - Moonlight Serenade

Henry Mancini - Moon River

Henry Mancini - Pink Panther

Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island

Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man

Hoagy Carmichael - Heart And Soul

Horace Silver - Jody Grind

Horace Silver - Nutville

Horace Silver - Peace

Horace Silver - Song For My Father

Ink Spots, The - If I Didn't Care

Irving Berlin - Blue Skies

Jaco Pastorious - The Chicken

Jerome Kern - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Joe Zawinul - Mercy Mercy Mercy

John Coltrane - Afro Blue

John Coltrane - Equinox

John Coltrane - Mr PC

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things

John Coltrane - Naima

John Coltrane - On Green Dolphin St

Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow

Julie London - Bye Bye Blackbird

Julie London - Cry Me A River

Kenny Dorham - Blue Bossa

Lee Morgan - Sidewinder

Louis Armstrong - Basin St. Blues

Louis Armstrong - Do You Know What It Means?Na

Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly

Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose

Louis Armstrong - Mac the Knife

Louis Armstrong - On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong - When You're Smilin'

Louis Armstrong - When The Saints

Louis Prima - Embraceable You

Louis Prima - I Ain't Got Nobody

Louis Prima - I’ve Got The World On A String

Louis Prima - I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Louis Prima - Just A Gigilo

Louis Prima - Pennies From Heaven

Luiz Bonfa - Samba de Orfeu

Miles Davis - All Blues

Miles Davis - Bag's Groove

Miles Davis - Blue In Green

Miles Davis - Dear Old Stockholm

Miles Davis - Freddie Freeloader

Miles Davis - Nardis

Miles Davis - So What

Miles Davis - Solar

Nat King Cole - Autumn Leaves

Nat King Cole - Besame Mucho

Nat King Cole - Don't Blame Me

Nat King Cole - Down By The Riverside

Nat King Cole - Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You

Nat King Cole - Route 66

Nat King Cole - Star Dust

Nat King Cole - Unforgettable

Nat King Cole - When I Fall In Love

Peggy Lee - Fever

Ray Charles - Georgia

Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Just Love Her So

Roland Kirk - Serenade To A Cuckoo

Sarah Vaughn - Lullaby Of Birdland

Sergio Mendes - Mas Que Nada

Sonny Rollins - Doxy

Sonny Rollins - Oleo

Sonny Rollins - St Thomas

Stanley Turrentine - Sugar

Thelonious Monk - Bemsha Swing

Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk

Thelonious Monk - Round Midnight

Thelonious Monk - Straight No Chaser

Van Morrison - Moondance

Wayne Shorter - Deluge

Wayne Shorter - Footprints

Wayne Shorter - Mahjong

Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil

Wayne Shorter - Witchcraft

Wayne Shorter - Yes Or No