By David McIntyre, Lyons Blueologist
The Soul Rebels brass band formed when Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss, originally members of New Orleans’ iconic Dejean’s Young Olympia brass band, decided they wanted to play the new exciting music they were hearing on the radio while respecting the tradition they loved. Both New Orleans natives, the pair was steeped in the fundamentals of New Orleans jazz, but inevitably
contemporary styles of music began to seep into their psyches.
While still in high school and in the marching band, new sounds were all around, and LeBlanc and Moss found them as exciting as the horn combo style featured in jazz funerals since the turn of the twentieth century.