• UWA to host Bay City Brass Band The Kings of the Second Line Oct. 15

    Posted: October 04, 2013

    Author: Wayne Stevenson

     The Sumter County Fine Arts Council and the University of West Alabama Choir present the Bay City Brass Band King of the Second Line in concert Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in UWA’s Bibb Graves Auditorium.

    The program will feature both Mardi Gras and Motown music in a lively, engaging instrumental and vocal show. Admission is free to SCFAC members and UWA students with valid identification. General admission is $10 for adults and $2 for students.

    The Bay City Brass Band was formed in 1997 by tuba player and bandleader Marcus Johnson. Johnson at the time was also a member of one of Mobile’s other brass bands, the Olympia Brass Band, which is primarily made up of older players.“I felt there was a real need for a younger brass band in Mobile, one that could really stretch beyond the traditional confinement of just the holiday itself. Mardi Gras should be experienced all through the year,” Johnson said.

    The Bay City Brass Band has worked to bring the Mobile Mardi Gras industry to the forefront and their special music to its citizens full time. When major events come to the Mobile area, the band—King of the Second Line—is a musical representative of Mardi Gras and brings its traditions to events with great results. “People come to the birthplace of Mardi Gras and want to experience the sounds and sights that we provide,” Johnson said.

    The band has played at Bay Fest in Mobile since 2000 and performed at Florence, Ala. W.C. Handy Music Festival and the Street Strut Parade for several years. They also are seen at weddings, conventions, parties and semi-pro sporting events.

    Bandleader Johnson was a member of the 2006 Community Scholars Institute on the campus of the University of North Alabama. He also received the Alabama State Council on the Arts Folklife Apprentice Grant as a Master Folk Artist.

    The Sumter County Fine Arts Council receives support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of West Alabama, and other individuals, agencies and businesses. For more information on the season’s schedule or about becoming a SCFAC member, please visit www.scfac.uwa.edu.

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