• "We wanted to thank you for all your hard work in the organisation of the event, and to thank the band from the bottom of our hearts for their amazing performance..."

    Nicole & Mathieu, Bride & Groom, Auch, France
  • "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! The band were quite amazing on Saturday night, the vocalists incredible and the dance floor was packed from start to finish!"

    Caroline; Mother of the bride (wedding)
  • "Let me just say a huge thank you for rocking our party! We had such a lot of fun!! Please can you pass on the message to all the musicians who played!"

    Nicole; Bride (wedding)
  • "Please pass on our renewed thanks to the band. They were absolutely superb and made the evening. Seeing 100 people dancing to "Play that Funky Music White Boy" was something I shall remember with a smile..."

    Sarah; Bride (wedding)
  • "I would like first and foremost to thank you for an absolutely amazing evening. The atmosphere was electric and the dance-floor full. Well done and thank you!!"

    Diana; mother-of-the-bride (wedding)
  • "Once again many thanks for making it a fabulous evening, as you did for my other daughter last summer - well done! I am now un/fortunately fresh out of marriageable children..."

    Diana; mother-of-the-bride (wedding)
  • "Wow!! and wow again!! The Swing Connection were fabulous! I didn't doubt that they would be but they exceeded all expectations. The choice of music was spot on and the singer was great..."

    Sue (birthday)
  • "Absolutely blown away by your fantastic performance and we would not hesitate to strongly recommend you in the future. The artists were amazingly talented, and great fun too!..."

    Vicky; Bride (wedding)
  • "Thank you once again for the huge part you played in ensuring that this years' Leukaemia Research Charity Ball was such a success. Once again the dance floor remained full all evening and we all had a fantastic time."

    Christine (Charity Event)

Blue Tongue Brass Band Sydney

Quirky and unique jazz, pop, soul and funk covers with a twist. Sydney’s modern take on the traditional New Orleans marching brass band. Perfect for every kind of event from garden parties, drinks receptions and weddings to jazz clubs and festivals.


Blue Tongue Brass Band (Sydney) by themusicquarium

Repertoire

The list below gives the most common choices of repertoire, but feel free to ask if you don't see your favourite tracks listed. We may be able to add them for you!

Sample Set
  • Bourbon Street Parade (Traditional)
  • Chameleon (Herbie Hancock/Rebirth Brass)
  • Do Whatcha Wanna (Rebirth Brass Band)
  • Feel Like Funkin' It Up (Rebirth Brass)
  • Ghost Town (The Specials)
  • Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme)
  • Human Nature (Michael Jackson/Youngblood Brass)
  • I'm Walkin' (Traditional)
  • Jump (Van Halen)
  • Mardi Grass In New Orleans (Traditional)
  • Message In A Bottle (The Police)
  • No Diggity (Blackstreet/HCB)
  • Passtime Paradise (Stevie Wonder/Youngblood Brass)
  • Rock Your Body (Justin Timberlake/HCB)
  • Sex On Fire (Kings of Leon/HCB)
  • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
  • Superfreak (Rick James)
  • The Lazy Song (Bruno Mars)
  • Thriller (Michael Jackson)

View complete repertoire list

Full Repertoire list
  • A Closer Walk With Thee (Traditional)
  • Basin St Blues (Traditional)
  • Boom Boom Boom (Outhere Brothers/HCB)
  • Bounce (Calvin Harris feat. Kelis)
  • Bourbon Street Parade (Traditional)
  • Bring Down The Birds (Herbie Hancock)
  • Brooklyn (Youngblood Brass Band)
  • Cantaloupe Island (Herbie Hancock)
  • Chameleon (Herbie Hancock/Rebirth Brass Band)
  • Cissy Strut (The Meters/Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
  • Do Whatcha Wanna (Rebirth Brass Band)
  • Dragon's Blood (M.F. Doom/Hackney Colliery Band)
  • Feel Like Funkin' It Up (Rebirth Brass Band)
  • Ghost Town (The Specials)
  • Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme)
  • Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Ray Charles/Maceo Parker)
  • Hang Up Your Hangups (Herbie Hancock)
  • Hey Ya (Outkast)
  • House Arrest (Hackney Colliery Band)
  • Human Nature (Michael Jackson/Youngblood Brass Band)
  • I Got You, I Feel Good (James Brown)
  • I'm Walkin' (Traditional)
  • Jump (Van Halen)
  • Love The One You're With (Steven Stills/Aretha Franklin)
  • Mardi Grass In New Orleans (Traditional)
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Cannonball Adderley)
  • Message In A Bottle (The Police)
  • Message To Rudy (The Specials)
  • No Diggity (Blackstreet/Hackney Colliery Band)
  • Passtime Paradise (Stevie Wonder/Youngblood Brass)
  • Pass The Peas (The JBs)
  • Rhythm Is Gonna Get You (Gloria Estefan & MSM)
  • Rock Your Body (Justin Timberlake/Hackney Colliery)
  • Round One (Youngblood Brass Band)
  • Sex On Fire (Kings of Leon/Hackney Colliery Band)
  • Shine (Traditional)
  • St. Louis Blues (Traditional)
  • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
  • Superfreak (Rick James)
  • Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns 'n' Roses)
  • Take Your Mama Out (Scissor Sisters)
  • The Chicken (Pee Wee Ellis/Maceo Parker)
  • The Lazy Song (Bruno Mars)
  • Tiger Rag (Traditional)
  • Thriller (Michael Jackson)
  • War (Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
  • Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)
  • Wanna Be Startin' Something (Michael Jackson)
  • When The Saints Go Marching In (Traditional)
Indian / Bollywood repertoire
These are recent requests for Bollywood style tunes at recent Indian weddings but we are more than happy to learn new songs for your event if required.
  • Aaj Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
  • Punjabi Wedding Song (Balle Balle)
  • Loay Loay Aaja Mahi
  • Emosanal Attyachar
  • Tunak Tunak Tun
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Performance Options

  • [4] - Trumpet, Sax, Sousaphone, Drums
  • [5] - Trumpet, Sax, Trombone, Sousaphone, Drums
  • [6] - Trumpet, Sax, Trombone, Sousaphone, Drums + sax/trumpet
  • [7] - 2 x Trumpet, 2 x Sax, Trombone, Sousaphone, Drums
  • [8] - 2 x Trumpet, 2 x Sax, 2 x Trombone, Sousaphone, Drums
  • [9] - 2 x Trumpet, 2 x Sax, 2 x Trombone, Sousaphone, 2 x Drums
  • (Optional PA system for larger events; not required as standard)



Biography

Formed in 2012 out of a desire to bring together some of Sydney’s top musicians in a unique new brass band project, this is Sydney’s modern take on the traditional New Orleans marching brass band. Quirky and unique jazz, pop, soul and funk covers with a twist.


The band’s full line-up consists of 2 saxophones, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, sousaphone and 2 drummers using marching percussion. This gives any arrangement, from classic street party tunes to modern pop tunes, an infectious groove that appeal to a huge range of audiences. The band can also scale down to as small as a 4-piece band for weddings and events on a smaller scale.


View the new Blue Tongue Brass Band website to see much more information!


The band’s members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds ranging from work with high profile groups such as the Sydney Jazz Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to modern touring and recording artists such as Powderfinger, Guy Sebastian and Silverchair. All members are highly accomplished jazz musicians with performances alongside some of today’s great artists such as James Morrison and Michael Buble, and legends such as Bob Florence and Bob Mintzer.


This wealth of musical talent is easily demonstrated in their eclectic repertoire. Where else would you see the likes of Calvin Harris and Bruno Mars on a set list next to Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, especially from a marching brass band!? The sound is both cutting edge yet traditional. The musical arrangements have elements of traditional jazz harmony alongside high energy modern rock riffs, whilst always staying true to the musical roots of the New Orleans marching band mentality; great fun and great music!


*NEW* Bollywood / Indian Brass Band Options

Due to popular demand we have a new 'Bollywood' themed marching brass band option. A selection of Indian songs (see repertoire list on the left of this page) have been specifically arranged for the band to provide the perfect atmosphere and accompaniment to a traditional Indian wedding. We can accompany the groom on the baraat, welcome the bride and guests, provide the music for the evening party and dancing, or why not have us perform for the whole event. No matter which option you choose our Indian wedding band will be a musical event not to be missed!





Musician Background:

Inspired by the traditional New Orleans ‘second line’ marching band sound the band draws influences from a diverse background of traditional jazz, contemporary pop, classic high-energy rock, R&B and even the UK ‘colliery brass band’ scene. The line-up of musicians in the band reads like a “who’s who” of Australian jazz talent. Most of the musicians studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and now play with the Sydney Jazz Orchestra or the Sydney Allstar Big Band. Some of the musicians play (or have played) with the NSW Police Band, Royal Australian Airforce Band, Sydney/Melbourne/Queensland Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Idol Band. The band’s experience crosses all boundaries from some of Australia’s top young jazz players to established musical educators performing clinics, workshops and master classes.


The band’s musicians have had the pleasure of working with such renowned artists as:


Anthony Callea, Anthony Warlow, Barry White, Bob Florence, Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew, Buddy Greco, Caroline O'Connor, Dame Cleo Laine, Danni Minogue, Diana Ross, Doug Parkinson, Franki Valli, Guy Sebastian, James Morrison, Jerry Lewis, Jim Pugh, John Farnham, Lou Rawls, Marcia Hines, Maria Schneider, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, Neil Sedaka, Olivia Newton-John, Pete Murray, Petula Clarke, Powderfinger, Rob McConnell, Shannon Noll, Shirley Bassey, Silverchair, Sir Cliff Richard, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Tom Burlinson, Tom Jones, Tommy Tycho, Vincent DeMartino, Wayne Newton.