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Mud Key Brass Band

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Sample Playlists
Dixieland /Jazz

Listen as the
Mud Key Brass Band plays tunes of the
Civil War Era on authentic instruments:

Now listen as the
Mud Key Brass
plays Dixieland
on modern instruments:

"A Closer Walk
With Thee"

"Amazing Grace"

Webmaster (and Tubist):
Philip Holcomb
[email protected]

This is the Official Webpage of the
Mud Key Brass Band
(a.k.a. The St. Pete Beach Brass)

The Mud Key Brass Band performs a wide variety of music styles:

        ?  US Civil War Era Music (played on authentic period instruments)
        ?  19th Century Town Band Music (old standards and favorites)
        ?  Dixieland Jazz  
        ?  Classical Music  (we take off the hats)

 (See Sample Playlists  and sample recordings on links at left)

A Brief History of the Mud Key Brass Band:

Phil Holcomb retired in 1999 and moved from Bangkok to his home on St. Pete Beach,  Florida - on idyllic "Vina Del Mar" (a.k.a. Mud Key).

An early objective was finding a Brass Quintet to join - much like those he played with while living overseas.   Not finding an established  group, he formed the St. Pete Beach Brass who for several years has performed at many community events and holiday concerts.  Recently, the SPBB was augmented by some superb musicians and has become a truly cohesive musical ensemble with a growing repertoire of musical styles. 

In March 2008, we re-invented ourselves as the MUD KEY BRASS BAND much like a mid-19th century town band and playing music of the Civil War era period on authentic brass instruments. Phil also maintains a collection of unusual and antique brass instruments  Browse his Brass Cyber Museum.
Above:  we are in our 1860s Town Band mode ....left to right:
Howard Knapp on Bb Baritone Saxhorn
Alan Stegeman on Bb siring operated cornet
Phil Holcomb with over-the-shoulder Eb Bass
Andy Reese with Eb Soprano Cornet
John Kiolbassa with Bell forward Eb Alto
Frank Pendergrass Baritone (on right in photo below)
Ralph Cornwall Snare Drum (standing in photo below
(Click on links at left to hear us play
Civil War Numbers on Authentic period instruments c.1960)

Above: the MKBB performing at "Civil War Days" in Largo FL May 2008

Above: we are in our Dixieland Jazz mode with modern instruments
L to R: Alan on Trumpet; Howard on Trombone; Phil on Tuba;
John on Baritone; and Andy on Trumpet

Listen to us play some old Dixieland Standards -Links on left

(we remove the hats for a classical concert!)