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The Michael Foster Project is a Baton Rouge based brass band, covering multiple genres of music. From Traditional Jazz to Latin, Pop to Hip-Hop, this group is Baton Rouge's longest running brass band making their start in the late 90's. This group of top notched musicians have performed in just about every setting one can think of - Mardi Gras Balls, Miss USA Pagaents, music festival in China, film festivals at Sundance and countless more!
The leader of this multi-genre group, Michael Foster started playing music at a young age. He attended Southern University were he was a member of the “Human Jukebox” (S.U. Marching Band).
Foster says he was introduced to the funky grooves of brass jazz by his old roommate at Southern, Julius McKee. “We were both sousaphone players,” Foster says, “He was from New Orleans, and he introduced me to the Dirty Dozen brass band. We used to sit in our room listening to those tapes until they wore out.”
The Project was voted “Best New Brass Band or Performer,” after the release by OFFBEAT Magazine’s “Best of the Beat” awards. The response to their debut release would also trigger innumerable comparisons to the Dirty Dozen.
Paying it Forward:
Michael Foster’s work with his group has earned him recognition by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, as their "Arts Ambassador". He has gone into school systems around the south talking to young students about the importance and traditions of jazz music, as well as inspiring them to practice and keep the music alive.
Over time the Michael Foster Project has had a plethora of talent to perform with, as members of the group. They include Maurice Brown, Simon Lott, Chris Lee, Quamon Fowler, and many others. The core group now consist of Doug Gay on drums; John Gray on trumpet; Emanuel Turnipseed on trombone; and the leader himself Michael Foster on Sousaphone, electric bass, and acoustic bass.
Discography: “Kick Some Brass” – Rampart Records “Weapons of Brass Destruction” – Continuum Music/Big Bell Music