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Guest blog: Richard Foote on Jazzlines Marching Band commission

Young Pilgrims began as a commission I received from Jazzlines at the start of the year. I was extremely excited and privileged to have been asked to put this project together and the first big task was to get a name for the band, which in the past has been a rather tricky issue for me.

After spending a weekend hopelessly pestering people (most of them were highly inebriated) at parties asking them to write down band names I realised this was probably not the most appropriate or efficient way of getting my work done. Whilst reflecting on this experience, listening to Chutes Too Narrow by The Shins, I decided that although I had some real pearls of drunken wisdom stored on my phone, the name Young Pilgrims seemed like a good choice.

The writing process has been amazing so far, not only because the instrumentation is an unusual one but it also gives me the chance to play music with my friends from all over the country. It has been great to see and hear the different roles that everyone has to take, since there are no harmony instruments or bass in the band, and I really think that has helped form a solid sound and a great chemistry within the band.

The music is influenced by the New Orleans marching band tradition mixed with the rock music that I grew up listening to and lots of improvisation. Bands like the Hot 8 Brass Band, Deerhoof and Jacob Garchik’s The Heavens have been a real source of inspiration for this band and I’m really excited to see where the music goes after we have gigged it and really explored where we can take it.

Our first gig is on the Jazzlines Stage at the Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival on Sunday 7 July 2013 and we also have another gig lined up later in the year at the Hare and Hounds on Thursday 26 September 2013. Hope to see you there!

- Richard Foote

Richard Foote and The Young Pilgrims are:

Richard Foote – Trombone
Kieran Mcleod – Trombone
Matt Gough – Trumpet
Sam Wooster – Trumpet
Andy Johnson – Sousaphone
Andy Isherwood – Reeds
Euan Palmer – Drums and Percussion

Jazzlines Stage at Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival line-up