The Funky Dawgz Brass Band


Mansfield, get ready to get funky!

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the headlining performance of our 18th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival will be by The Funky Dawgz Brass Band!

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The Funky Dawgz Brass Band are one of the premier touring acts on the live music scene today. Emerging from Connecticut, these young men have engulfed the spirit and traditions of New Orleans as well as earned the respect from local musicians who grew up and reside in the city. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself during a show as they play a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist.

They have toured nationally from coast to coast, as well as internationally and have been featured in all corners of the live music scene. From playing sold out shows at Madison Square Garden as the horn section for Dispatch, to Camp Bisco, to closing out The Peach Music Festival, their performances flow seamlessly from EDM festivals to jam band festivals to traditional New Orleans second line parades.


They were featured multiple times on national televised programming on ESPN (house band for March Madness Tournament Challenge, opening segment of First Take) as well as on the Hulu and FX hit series "Fargo" starring Chris Rock.

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There is a reason they were featured as one of Live For Live Music's “Brass Bands You Need To Know.” The Funky Dawgz are dropping jaws. These high energy horns have been featured on bills with Dispatch, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, We The Kings, Snarky Puppy, The Soul Rebels, Lettuce, The Motet, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Twiddle, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, Bernard Purdie, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and the list continues.

When the band is not playing shows they are giving back to the community. The Funky Dawgz aim to connect, engage, inspire and rejuvenate music education in inner city schools across the country. The band frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the region.

“Since their performance at the grand opening of the first phase of our downtown redevelopment in 2013, The Funky Dawgz have given our community so many great moments and become local favorites,” said Cynthia van Zelm, Executive Director of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership. “When we started planning for an in-person Festival, we couldn’t think of anyone better to help us celebrate!”

The Funky Dawgz are: Colin Walters (alto saxophone), Tommy Weeks (tenor saxophone), Marvin McNeill (trombone), Aaron Eaddy (trumpet, lead vocals), Jon Singngam (percussion), and Mike Marsters (trombone, sousaphone).

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band will perform at 6:30 PM on the stage of the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation Pavilion on Betsy Paterson Square.

On Saturday, October 2, Downtown Storrs will be the "Place 2 Be!"

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