A Mardi Gras Celebration!
A 7-piece brass band dedicated to the traditions of jazz and funk that radiate from New Orleans. There’s something about that joyous and soulful New Orleans brass sound that resonates with audiences. This is a performance we know everyone will enjoy!
Meet the Band
Founder & Trombone
Raised in New Bedford, MA, Michael studied under Jack Martin and Kenny Wenzel. He scored his first musical gigs as a teenager with the Portuguese American Band, Tri-County Symphonic Band, Meadowlarks Big Band, and John Salerno Big Band across MA and RI. While attending full-time medical school in Worcester, he continued to perform with the Worcester Jazz Orchestra. Returning to New Bedford in 2008 to practice cardiology, he has since been active with regional jazz ensembles. In 2011, he helped bring jazz back to the iconic Gilda’s Stone Rooster. By 2017, his love of New Orleans jazz, funk, and soul music inspired him to form the Southcoast Brass Band. Today, the SCBB is regionally acclaimed and comprised of award-winning musicians.
Shawn grew up in Dartmouth, MA, and was a member of the Dartmouth public schools music program. He began playing trumpet at the age of 7 in the Portuguese community band, Our Lady of Angels of New Bedford, MA, which he was a member of for 20 years. After high school, Shawn studied trumpet at Rhode Island College with Joseph Foley. He has also performed with the Southcoast Jazz Orchestra and the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra. Since 2010, Shawn has been a member of The Kickin Brass Band from Providence, RI. He has been an active commercial freelancer in MA and RI since 2009 performing for weddings, commencements, traditional big bands, and musical theater.
Paul has been with the South Coast Brass Band since its inception in 2017. As a native of South Grafton, MA, Paul proudly calls the South Coast area his second home. As an avid freelance musician, he has performed with many different groups in various genres. Some groups include the Italian American Band of Lawrence, The Hot Tamale Brass Band, Matthew Hartnett and the Gumbo All-Stars, and the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance degree from Rhode Island College. While there, he studied with Thomas Gregory, Michael Milnarik, Tony Clements, Greg Fritze, and Alan Baer. Paul is also an Endorsing Artist for Brand Mouthpieces of Switzerland.
Ryder Corey is a woodwind instrumentalist and educator in the Worcester area. He currently teaches band and piano classes at the South High Community School in Worcester, Massachusetts and can be seen performing with Funktapuss, the Cape Cod Symphony, Southcoast Brass Band and the Sultans of Swing. When Ryder is not involved with musical mishap, he can be found lifting weights or petting stray cats.
CHARLES Z. KALAJIAN
Percussionist, educator, and entrepreneur Charles Z. Kalajian B.M., & M.M., University of Rhode Island, uses his wide-ranging talents to adapt comfortably to a variety of environments. As an instructor and performing artist, he performs and teaches master classes and clinics throughout Southern New England. Charles has had the opportunity to study and perform at some of the most reputable venues across the northeast, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Seiji Ozawa Tanglewood in Lenox, MA, Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, MA, Lupos Heart Break Hotel in Providence, RI, Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs MA, and The George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly, RI.
Praised as being a “force to be reckoned with” by Shaquille O’Neal, saxophonist Marcus Monteiro continues to impress his audience with intensity, interpretation, and consummate improvisational skills. He received his degree in music (B.M.) from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he studied with Santi Debriano, Rick Britto, and Royal Hartigan. After graduating, his fascination with jazz and improvisation continued, leading him to develop original music materials for ear training, improvisation, and eventually, publish a book about sight reading. In recent years, Marcus has shared the stage with The O’Jays, The Rebirth Brass Band, George Clinton, Tavares, and Cirque du Soleil among many others. Marcus has also traveled throughout the world performing in jazz festivals in Cape Verde, Panama, Canada, and countless others throughout the United States.
DAN SCHWARTZ, “DR. D.”
Dan started playing trumpet in junior high school and later studied piano and solfeggio with Jose Da Costa. In his mid-twenties he switched to conga drums, studying African drumming with Babatunde Olatunji. He then studied Latin and Afro-Cuban music with Ritchie ‘Pablo’ Landrum at the Berklee School of Music, Abdoul Doumbia, and later, privately, with master congueiro Giovanni Hidalgo. He has played with many musical talents including Bobby Greene and Coleus, Stan Strickland, Tanya Hart, Tavares, Eddie ‘Stack’ Ames, the Walker Band, Space Clinic, Tavares, Joel Hiller, McCarthy Richards and Legge, Dori Rubbicco, Southcoast Jazz Orchestra, The Neal McCarthy Problem, and Duke and the Drivers.