Eagle Brass Band (Bolden Brass Band)

Bolden Brass Band – Eagle Brass Band (the boys in brown)

Bolden Brass Band performed from ? until 1906/1907
When Frankie Dusen took over the leadership from Bolden (because of Bolden’s unreliability) he renamed the band in Eagle Brass Band. They became known as “the boys in brown” because they wore brown military style uniforms.
Eagle Brass Band performed from 1906/1907 untill

From this musicians it’s known that they played in the Bolden Brass Band:

Cornet/trumpet Charles “Buddy” Bolden, Octave Phillips (2e cnt), Louis “Wild Ned” Ned (?), Edward Clem , John Pendleton (?), Joe “King” Oliver ( – )6,p29
Trombone Jimmy Phillips
Bariton horn  
Alto horn Jimmy Palao (?)
Tuba Anderson Minor, Frank Jackson, Wallace Collins, Joseph “Bobo” Lewis, Jimmy “Spriggs” Palao
Snare drum  
Bass drum Albert Glenny
drums Jimmy Phillips
Leader Charles “Buddy” Bolden ( – 1906/1907)
  These musicians were regulars in the Eagle Brass Band:


Louis “Wild Ned” Ned (Original cornetist “Jazzmen”), Bunk Johnson (1911 – 1914, after “Wild Ned” “Jazzmen”), Tig Chambers, Joe Johnson (1914 – ), Louis Dumaine, Alvin McNeil, Freddie Keppard
Trombone Frankie Dusen
Clarinet Lorenzo Tio jr., Lawrence Simmons
Bariton horn  
Alto horn  
Bass horn Anderson Minor (1925 -)
Snare drum Warren “Baby” Dodds8-p221, Bat MoseleyAugust “Shot” Cato
Bass drum “Black Benny” Williams, Dave Bailey, Ed Garland (191016 – )
Leader Frankie Dusen (1906/1907- )

On their caps was printed “Eagle Band” and on Dusen’s “Eagle Band Manager” according to “Jazzmen”.

Manuel Manetta was with them, but on which instrument is not clear.

Brass band Eagle_brass_band_saloon Rampart





The Eagle saloon on
Rampart & Perdido streets,
New Orleans.

1890 January 12:
The New Orleans Picayune wrote that The Eagle band played Thursday last, at the ceremonies and installation of the elected officers from the Chalmette Benevolent Association of the lower districts in New Orleans. Grand marshal was A. Burche.

Sources books:
6 Bunk Johnson his life & times by Christopher Hillman
8 Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans by Thomas Brothers

Sources internet: