The first “Olympia Brass Band” was active from the late 19th century to around World War I. The most famous member was Freddie Keppard.
In 1958, saxophonist Harold Dejan, leader of the 2nd unit of the Eureka Brass Band, split off to form the current Olympia, reviving the historic name.
The band had a notable part in the 1973 James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” where they lead a funeral march for a freshly assassinated victim. Trumpeter Alvin Alcorn plays the knife wielding “baby faced killer”.
In addition to playing for parades and parties, the band for many years had a weekly gig at Preservation Hall on Sunday nights for many years. The band also toured Europe on numerous occasions and also toured Africa for the U. S. State Department. The band did a BBC radio broadcast for Queen Elizabeth’s 25th wedding anniversary in 1972 while they were in London, and also played for Pope John Paul II on his visit to New Orleans.
Edited by smee85 on 6 Sep 2013, 11:41
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