The Original Pin Stripe Brass Band, or The Pin Stripes as they are commonly called, are part of the New Orleans brass revival which began in the 1960’s and continues to this day. Since 1978, The Pin Stripes have been a regular feature at the Zulu’s Social Aide and Pleasure Club’s annual Mardi Gras Ball and parade. They also perform at the annual parades of the Scene Boosters, Young Men Olympians, Better Boys, and Second Line Jammers. In addition, you might catch them at one of the many Jazz funerals held throughout the city.
Their sound combines R&B, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and Soul. The rhythms are from the parades. The Pin Stripes and other brass bands play an important role in the cultural heritage of New Orleans. This is the music of the people. The people of New Orleans who know how to celebrate life with a second line parade or mourn the passing of a friend with a Jazz funeral. This music is the tradition, but doesn’t mean that it’s stagnant. The music of brass bands has always adapted to popular music tastes of the day. It is in this tradition that The Pin Stripe Brass Band of New Orleans excels.