We are the Big E Brass Band. A group of high school friends from Slidell High School that have a great passion for music. The band is named after our former band director Mrs. Val Estoque, who inspired to put a band together and helped us grow as musicians. We are inspired by local brass bands in New Orleans, such as Rebirth Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band, and try to follow in their footsteps.
New Orleans’ Musical Delta Queen
A native to New Orleans and premier vocalist and entertainer, her eclectic performances evoke the colorful spirit of her hometown and mainstream influences. Her sound is reminiscent of such greats as Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Patsy Cline; touching the very heart of every music enthusiast. It also includes an array of today’s hottest hits!
She has marqueed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, French Quarter and Gentilly Festivals and to sellout crowds throughout Europe. She has become a perennial favorite and a must have for corporate events, conventions, private parties and wedding receptions.
Her performances are just short of brilliant as they engage guests and get them out of their seats. Her class and energy will leave you in love with her amazing sound. CoJoe boasts a voice centered in her low to mid-register, with the kind of color and tonal weight that lends credence to every song she sings. (Andrew Adler, Times Picayune.)
Slidell Native, Adam Bock began playing guitar at North Shore High School when he was 16 yrs old. Since then he has played on numerous stages and recordings with bands such as Slidell’s own Swingaroux Big Band (run by Billy Robeson and Kathy DeRuin) The Victory Big Band at the New Orleans
WWII Museum, The Award Winning Musical , Jump Jive and Wail – A Tribute to Louis Prima. As a solo Artist Adam has opened for Jazz luminaries such as Pete Barbutti, Ken Peplowski, and Leif Pedersen. In classical and contemporary settings he performs often at Weddings, Funerals, and other private events for local organizations like the Slidell Camellia Club, Slidell Leadership and The Slidell Rotary Club. You can catch him every Friday Night at the Lake House in Mandeville. Adam’s other interest is in Music Education. He has worked with the Slidell Symphony, delivering music instruction to the local elementary schools such as Bayou Oaks and Cypress Cove and Bon E’cole Elementary. He currently teaches at Christy’s Music (on Gause blvd. by Hobby Lobby), at the Bock Music Studio in New Orleans and is the Instructor of Guitar Concepts at Loyola University. Adam’s students have won awards and received scholarships for music, have recorded albums and have become successful musicians touring professionally around the world. If you are interested in studying music with him Adam or hiring him to perform for your event, you can reach him at Christys Music or at Adam Bock on Facebook.
Annalyn Davillier was born and raised in Slidell, LA, and graduated from Slidell High School with the Class of 2017. Taking a gap year after graduation, Annalyn has been focusing on music and determining her future. Music has always been in Annalyn’s heart; she started singing before she could even form a proper sentence. She discovered her everlasting love for performing and the power of song at a young age and has held to it tightly ever since. Annalyn received her first guitar when she was 13, and has since spent the years simultaneously learning and falling in love with the magic of the instrument. Looking up to a multitude of different musical artists, Annalyn whole-heartedly believes music is an universal language the connects every one of us in a soulful way.
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram’s love of music grew from the rich Gospel sounds emanating from his family’s church and the Blues music he regularly heard played in his Delta neighborhood. A cousin to legendary Country music great, Charlie Pride and trained at the Delta Blues Museum under the utelage of Daddy Rich and Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, Kingfish undoubtedly has music in his soul. At the tender age of 6, Kingfish began playing the drums. Three years later, he took up the bass guitar. By the age of 13,he began playing lead guitar. Soon he was fluent in all three instruments and quickly added smooth vocals to his musical repertoire. Kingfish’s guitar influences run the gamut from the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy Watersand Lightnin’ Hopkins to the electric Blues of B.B. King, Big Jack Johnson, Lefty Dizz, Albert King and Buddy Guy to the Rock of Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Eddie Hazel. Not only can Kingfish play in the styling of his idols and mentors, but he also has an amazing ability to create guitar sounds entirely his own. Through his young career, Kingfish has shared the stage with legendary names such as Bob Margolin, Eric Gales, Rick Derringer, Guitar Shorty,
Buddy Guy and many more. He has played music festivals and venues all over the U.S. and has performed internationally in several countries. He’s been a guest on the Rachael Ray Show and the Steve Harvey Show. Kingfish even performed at The White House for First Lady Michelle
Obama. After graduating high school in May 2017, Kingfish is now prepared to release his highly anticipated debut album in early 2018.
Free Agents Brass Band was formed in September 2005 by Ellis Joseph. It was shortly after Hurricane Katrina displaced the entire City of New Orleans and its’ culture that the Free Agents were born. Mr. Joseph was determined to return to his home town with as many New Orleanian musicians to bring back the culture. This is how the Free Agents began their crusade to preserve and promote the musical legacy of brass brand tradition. Free Agents Brass Band line-up includes: bandleader and bass drummer Ellis Joseph; John Perkins on the trumpet; Keith “Wolf” Anderson on the trombone; Travis Carter on the sousaphone; and Floyd Gray on the snare drum. Free Agents also have a big brass band with a ten piece: Shannon Haynes and Chad Brown on trumpet; and Larry Brown and Tyrus Chapman on the trombone. This collection of New Orleans’ living legends produces harmony with a combination of the old traditions with the new funk. After watching their city drown, many New Orleanians relocated to Atlanta, Georgia were they would soon become desperate to hear jazz music and the second-lines they loved in their pre-Katrina New Orleans. “I consider myself a free agent, so that’s where the name comes from,” says leader, bass drummer Ellis “EJo” Joseph. “We were all trying to survive by making ends meet, but as musicians we longed for our music,” says Ellis. The Free Agents have earned the respect of the music community for their professionalism, sound, musicianship and performances that will have you jumping to your feet dancing. Band members of the Free Agents have performed with Rebirth, New Birth, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stooges, Soul Rebels, High Steppers, Pin Stripe, and Showtime Brass Bands. The music is live and intense and always brings an energy of bliss. The Free Agents Brass Band is available to be booked for all occassions. Please refer to the contact information to contract The Free Agents for your next engagement.