The Fall Creek Brass Band’s (FCBB) 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 albums, Mad Fun and Fat Beats.


Remanu Phillips


Burnin' Down the House

High Fructose Horn Syrup

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This



*This is not an exhaustive list.

Venues We've Played

  • The Haunt
  • The State Theatre of Ithaca
  • Funk n Waffles
  • The Dock
  • The Range
  • Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons
  • Ithaca Beer Company
  • Bob's Barbecue
  • Lot 10
  • Hopshire Brewery
  • Ithaca Yacht Club
  • Casita del Polaris

Other Opportunities

  • Crossing Borders on WVBR
  • Tuesdays with the Band on WVBR
  • Nonesuch on WVBR
  • Homebrew on WICB
  • Masterclass and Performance at Dryden Middle/High School's Guest Artist Series
  • Masterclass and Performance at Enfield Elementary School
  • Grand Opening of the Sustainability Center
  • Second line at a funeral
  • Relay For Life
  • Pep Band for the Sufferjets and the Blue Stockings (Ithaca's roller derby teams)
  • Dryden Summer Music Series
  • Dryden's Music In the Park Series

Artists We've Played With

  • The Nth Power (New Orleans, LA)
  • The Blind Spots (Ithaca, NY)
  • What Cheer? Brigade (Providence, RI)
  • Jeff Love Band (Ithaca, NY)
  • Digger Jones (Cortland, NY)
  • Mutron Warriors (Ithaca, NY)
  • Space Carnival (Oneonta, NY)
  • Second Line Syracuse (Syracuse, NY)
  • Porky's Groove Machine (Appleton, WI)
  • The Accidentals (Ithaca, NY)
  • Thru Spectrums (Ithaca, NY)
  • Intrepid Travelers (Buffalo, NY)
  • Three 4s (Binghamton, NY)
  • Alan Rose and the Restless Elements (Ithaca, NY)
  • State Meets Floral (Ithaca, NY)

Festivals We've Played

  • Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance
  • Seedstock Music Festival
  • Ithaca Festival
  • Porchfest
  • Wizarding Weekend
  • Cortland Arts and Wine Festival
  • Great Cortland Pumpkin Festival
  • Dryden Lake Festival
  • Ithaca Brunch Fest
  • Oktoberfest (at Ithaca Beer Company)




  • Acousticon Theme
  • Ain't No Shame In My Game/Out of the Red and Into the Black
  • Ain't Nothin' But A Party
  • All of the Lights
  • Atchafalaya
  • Billie Jean
  • Blinded by the Sun
  • Boe Money
  • Brooklyn
  • Burnin' Down the House
  • But You Can't Run
  • Caldonia
  • Cellphone's Dead
  • Chameleon
  • Closer
  • Dance With the Shadow
  • Daydream
  • Do Whatcha Wanna
  • Forget Regret
  • Freedom
  • Gibbous
  • Human Nature Pt 2
  • Hungry Heart
  • Hurricane George (You Don't Wanna Go to War)
  • I'll Fly Away
  • Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  • Like Spinning Plates
  • March
  • Marry Me
  • New Blood
  • Pastime Paradise
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Return of the Tres
  • Sankofa
  • Song For the Day
  • Sweet Dreams
  • That's the Way (I Like It)
  • Touch The Sky
  • Twistin' the Night Away
  • War
  • Watermelon Man
  • When the Saints Go Marching In


  • A Matter of Time
  • Baby, Baby (I Want You Back In My Arms Tonight)
  • Brassquatch
  • Breaking the Glass
  • Can't Find You (In Funk Park)
  • Clock Tower
  • Djuraffic Jam
  • Drifting
  • Get Down
  • High Fructose Horn Syrup
  • Hornbread
  • Ichiban
  • Imitate
  • Not What We Seem
  • Prime Time
  • Ruckus
  • Tabula Rasa
  • The Last Stand
  • Trabadoobala
  • Two
  • V.I.P.
  • Voo Doo Bop