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THE BAND

The Funky Butt Brass Band was formed in 2008 by six talented musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition. The FBBB takes classic New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a twist, in the style of Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth and Bonerama. But don’t be surprised if you also hear some Minneapolis funk, Southern rock, Memphis soul, Chicago blues and St. Louis R&B in the mix.

ADAM HUCKE

// trumpet, vocals

 

Adam is originally from Millstadt, Illinois. Along with playing trumpet and singing in FBBB, Adam performs with numerous other local bands, including as one-half (with Cody Henry) of Sophisticated Babies. In 2017, he released a critically-acclaimed eclectic solo album, Madam I'm Adam.  Adam also enjoys cooking, playing ukulele, good beer and laughing a minimum of 400 times a day. He and his wife Diana live in St. Louis City.

BRYAN FRITZ

// sax, vocals

 

Bryan was born and raised in St. Charles, MO, where he discovered his love for music at an early age and found his true calling on saxophone as he entered middle school. His parents would often take him to the city to see (and sit in with) some of the finest musicians in St. Louis, including Oliver Sain, Benny Smith and Willie Akins. Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University and moved to Chicago in 2010. After five years playing salsa, jazz, blues, r&b and stage shows, Bryan moved back to St. Louis, where he resides with his wife Michelle and a feisty dog.

AARON CHANDLER

// trombone, vocals

 

Aaron's musical history stretches back to his great-grandfather Pryor Thurman, a hell of a hand on fiddle. At 12, he discovered the trombone and quickly became a "not quite" child prodigy.  He was accepted into the music program at Southeast Missouri State University, which led to numerous opportunities including playing with such legends as Clark Terry, The Temptations, and Rufus Thomas. With his wonderful wife Erica, two rowdy young sons Milo and Hank, a thriving trombone repair business, a love of fine sandwiches and an active musical career, Aaron considers himself one of the luckiest guys on Earth. 

RON SIKES

// drums

 

By day, Ron is a mild-mannered band director and college percussion instructor. By night, he’s a freelance musician, composer and arranger. He and wife Catie live in Jefferson County with their three lovely daughters. Besides drumming with FBBB and his many teaching responsibilities, Ron stays busy playing with the Unity Quartet, Back Pocket Trio and the Southside Creole Playboys. He is also an accomplished jazz vibraphonist, an aspiring bass player and is endorsed by Lewi® Customs Cajons and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

TIM HALPIN

// guitar, vocals

 

Tim attended his first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1989, inspiring an ongoing love of NOLA music and culture. In real life, he is an award-winning writer for an advertising agency. Tim grew up in Harbor Springs, Michigan, a beautiful little town on the shores of Little Traverse Bay, and has a degree in English from Miami University (the one in Ohio). He and his wife Liz live in south St. Louis city with a rambunctious 100-lb Great Pyrenees mix named Stella.

CODY HENRY

// sousaphone

 

Cody teaches jazz trombone at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where he studied jazz and received a Bachelors and Masters. Cody believes versatility is a strength and plays a variety of instruments in a variety of styles from jazz and classical to hip-hop and R&B.  Along with performing, he is an active jazz clinician. He also plays with Adam Hucke in the area’s premier ukulele-and-tuba duo, Sophisticated Babies, and with Ron Sikes in the Unity Quartet. Cody lives in High Ridge, MO with wife Tami (also a trombonist) and their children.