Monday, April 19, 2010
Youngblood Brass Band
The Youngblood Brass Band started in my college-town, Madison, WI. The group was started in 1994 by sousaphonist (and now tubist for the Sotto Voce Quartet) Nat McIntosh and MC/snare-drummer D.H. Skogen, both high school students. YBB is a New Orleans style brass band that incorporates jazz, hip-hop, and punk qualities. Youngblood's current roster includes 11 members: D.H. on snare/vocals, 3 on percussion, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 saxes, and a sousaphone - Nat is no longer with the group. A popular facet to Youngblood was Nat's sousaphone extended techniques. He was able to vocalize Disc Jockey scratches and zips, among other DJ techniques.