St. Joseph Brass Band

The St. Joseph Brass Band performed from 1888 until 1895. The brass band was based in Donaldsonville, but played frequently carnivals and parades in New Orleans.

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

Cornet/trumpet Claiborne Williams, Richard M. Jones, William Dailey, Sullivan Sprout, Edward Duffy, Israel Palmer, Lawrence Hall
Trombone George Williams, Ernest Hime, Harrison Homer, and sometimes Fred Landry
Clarinet Marable Gibson, Ben Bauddeurs
Bariton horn  
Alto horn  
Tuba Jim Williams
Snare drum  
Bass drum  
Drums Joe Walker, Buddy Curry, “Bow Legs
Leader Clairborne Williams

Claiborne Williams affected the lives of thousands and his music was the universal language. At 18 he became the leader of Donaldsonville’s famous St. Joseph Brass Band and in 1927 he brought King Zulu from New Orleans to the True Friends Hall. Claiborne used his God-given talent to compose, arrange & teach music to its entirety.
By Peter Silas Pasqua The Donaldsonville Chief
Published: Friday, May 5, 2006 9:23 AM CDT
True Friends Hall was on 711 Lessard Street and was build in 1882.

1878, July 11: Abbeville La.
Thursday July 11th – The Catholics having determined to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi on this day. The day was quite hot & a rain fell as the procession left the church. The St. Joseph Brass Band made their debut to-day. They played “Yankee Doodle,” “Hail Columbia,” and “Partant pour la Syrie.” I reported the affair for the Cotton Boll.  Diary of Clarence J. Edwardsi1

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