From a small Chicago basement apartment, Tuba Dave found inspiration to form his own project.
In 2004, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band performed at Chicago’s renowned Green Mill while on a cross country tour. A friend recommended for Tuba Dave to visit the Green Mill to take in a Mama Digdown’s performance, Tuba Dave recalls. The visit inspired Tuba Dave to pursue New Orleans style brass band music for his new project.
While visiting Donna’s Bar and Grill — a since-closed stomping ground for Mama Digdown’s in New Orleans — Tuba Dave scraped out a piece of paper embedded into the wall of the establishment. The paper revealed valuable instructions on forming a brass band. Tuba Dave recalls one of the requirements on that list: Keep your brass band working. Tuba Dave took each entry seriously, and he implements them into the Four Star Brass Band.
Although the group can change size, depending on the gig, and band members, who are loved like brothers, have come and gone over the years, because life happens. None the less, Tuba Dave continuously books the Four Star Brass Band for any and all types of gigs: brass band events; Chicago rock clubs like the Regie’s and Martyrs’; The City’s many street festivals; crawfish boils; fund-raisers.
Tuba Dave pours his heart into his music at every gig. Word of mouth continues to fuel the grassroots success of the Four Star Brass Band, and they’re the chosen band of the Chicago chapter of Who Dat Nation, a local fan club of New Orleans Saints.
There ain’t no party like a Four Star party. From second-lines and club/festival stages to weddings and crawfish boils, the Four Star Brass Band continues bringin’ the Louisiana sizzle to you all night.
“It’s about the Fans!”, acknowledges Tuba Dave. Come fuel the excitement as the Four Star Brass Band stands as the hottest and hardest hittin’ Brass Band of its generation.
Learn more about Tuba Dave. For example, Tuba Dave did return that piece of paper he found embedded into the wall of Donna’s Bar and Grill. Moreover, Tuba Dave’s newest project is the up and coming More Tuba Please.