The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc - to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. They were drawn to influences from outside the city as well as R&B, funk and hip-hop. "We wanted to make our own sound without disrespecting the brass tradition," recalls LeBlanc. They remain steeped in the fundamentals of New Orleans jazz while connecting with a broader audience. As the Village Voice noted, the 8-piece group is "the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong."
The Soul Rebels have built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums. They stand out on stages ranging from their hometown residency at Le Bon Temps Roule to international festivals like South By Southwest, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Montreal Jazz Festival and more. Whether backing legendary rock acts like Metallica and Green Day, performing as the house band for the 2013 NFL Honors Award Show on CBS, playing for a star studded crowd at Stella McCartney's Spring 2013 collection party, headlining Brad Pitt's "Night To Make It Right" fundraiser with Kanye West and Snoop Dogg, or selling out three nights at Brooklyn Bowl earlier this year, The Soul Rebels always create a party-like atmosphere.
The Soul Rebels are: Lumar LeBlanc (Drummer & Co-Founder), Derrick Moss (Drummer & Co-Founder), Julian Gosin (Trumpet), Marcus Hubbard (Trumpet), Corey Peyton (Trombone), Paul Robertson (Trombone), Erion Williams (Tenor Sax), and Edward Lee Jr. (Sousaphone).