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Brass Queens excited to make history as first all-female band to lead Annual Village Halloween Parade

NEW YORK — The annual Halloween parade within the Village returns Monday night time.

It kicks off at 7 p.m., touring alongside Sixth Avenue from Canal Street to fifteenth Street.

For the first time in its 49-year history, an all-female band will likely be main the march.

The Brass Queens are an eight-piece brass band hailing from Brooklyn, and the musicians are all girls. They fashioned in March 2019.

“Little girls are always really excited to see us,” band member Jenna Murdoch mentioned.

Band lead Alex Joseph says she wished to create Brass Queens to broaden the space for ladies in a male-dominated trade.

“We wanted another space that we could explore together and be more comfortable playing together,” she advised CBS2’s Zinnia Maldonado. “People will look at a stage of women and underestimate what we do, so we always like to surprise and delight our audiences.”

Inspiring younger ladies can also be a part of their mission.

“The light in their eyes when they see a woman pick up a sousaphone and just play her heart out on it, it’s the best thing in the world,” band member Stephanie King mentioned.

Being one of many few all-female bands within the metropolis, the women say it is allowed them to create a particular bond that shines via their music.

“That’s the great thing about Brass Queens, we genuinely just really like each other and have a lot of fun. I think people hear that in our playing and our sound,” band member Elizabeth Arce mentioned.

“Beyond just playing instruments together, it’s just seeing women have that kind of comradery,” Murdoch mentioned.

Comradery and expertise — the band has notable shoppers together with Saks Fifth Avenue, the Met Gala and the Governors Ball Music Festival.

Up subsequent, they’re going to not solely be performing within the annual Halloween parade within the Village, they’re going to be main it, making history as the first band led by all girls to achieve this.

“We didn’t know we were going to be leading the parade when we were initially asked to do it, so when we found out, that was just very exciting,” Murdoch mentioned.

But the Brass Queens say after dedicating numerous hours to perfecting their craft of their rehearsal studio, they are not feeling any strain.

“We’re just going to have fun. We’re going to do our thing. This is something we can do in our sleep. We do it all the time, so we’re just going to go have fun and we hope everyone else does too,” Joseph mentioned.

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