The Fall Creek Brass Band’s headwaters are found in the funky beats, groovy bass lines, and hot licks hidden in the hills in the outskirts of Tompkins County. The waters of Fall Creek flow, at times slow and meandering and at times raucous and untethered, carrying this miasma of groove to Ithaca and surrounding towns where it infects the local population with an inescapable need to dance, sing, smile, and laugh. When the party ends, the waters of Fall Creek evaporate to travel back to their hilltop homes to rejuvenate their funk juices for the next party.
Originally formed at Dryden High School a decade ago, FCBB has experienced a lot of evolution in that time. Graduation from high school dispersed the band’s original members far and wide and the band played only a handful of times in the past few years. However, a new cadre of Ithaca’s and Cortland’s funk masters have joined the band and Fall Creek has found itself reinvigorated with new life.
In their inexhaustible effort to get the world up and shaking that groove thing, the Fall Creek Brass Band plays a wide variety of dance music from traditional New Orleans tunes to funk, hip-hop to rock and roll. Fall Creek can also be heard on their latest album, Prime Time.
FALL CREEK BRASS BAND IS:
(Core members in bold)
Malik Clanton, Archie Cowen, Erik Johnson, Tim Fuchs, Allie Young, Clara Gallagher, Miles Merwin
Kevin Drew, Ashley Jackson
Jymmy Hayes, Jon Easton
DRUMS AND PERCUSSION
Joel Blizzard, Chris Armitage, Ashley Ickes, Jon Mead, David Dahle, Devin Jewell, Ian Cummings
Bob McMahon, Ian Bateman, Remanu Steele, Derek Hessing, Jimmy Rose, Mike Treat, Elliot McConnell
Elliot Mangini, Mike Nave, Adam Philips-Burge, Jessie Miglus, Matt Lowe, TJ Schaper, Dave Davies, Hannah Knight
Alec Staples, Chris Miley