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Brasspenguin
15.03.2007, 20:35
Seeking information on US Native American brass/concert/marching bands

Cathleen O'Connell is an independent documentary producer researching film about Native American bands 1890-present day. Looking for photos, ephemera, oral histories, musicians & their relatives.

Anyone with any information, leads or suggestions can contact Cathleen at desertpenguinpictures@comcast.net

Here is a brief description of the film - scheduled for completion in 2009.

When most people hear the phrase Native American music they don't think of tubas, costumed baton twirlers and Sousa marches. Yet this rich musical tradition has been a part of Native American life for over one hundred years. Combining profiles of contemporary bands with fresh historical research, "Native American Marching Bands" (w.t.) offers viewers a surprising and engaging picture of this little-known Native music scene. The documentary challenges viewers to expand their definition of Native American music and broadens their understanding of contemporary Indian life.