The brass band Lucky Chops was started by some kids at LaGuardia High (the “Fame” school) who cut their teeth playing in the subway. When a South American tourist shot a video of them that went viral, they started getting real gigs.
Lucky Chops has been unleashing high-energy brassy funk on the world since forming in NYC in 2006. The intensity of the band’s energy is fueled by their desire to share the healing and inspirational power of music with others. Lucky Chops maintains a busy schedule touring across several continents and is also committed to music education, regularly performing clinics and educational outreaches to help train and inspire the next generation of musicians.
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Have you ever wondered what happens when several saxophones, a trombone, a trumpet, a tuba and a drum come together to play? That’s what the Lucky Chops are about.
Lucky Chops is an American brass band from the city of New York. The band was founded in 2006 when three members of the band (Daro, Raphael, and Josh) were studying at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. The Lucky Chops is made up of Joshua Gawel (trumpet), Daro Behroozi (tenor saxophone), Josh Holcomb (trombone), Raphael Buyo (sousaphone) and Charles Sams (percussion).
They started playing in Central Park (New York) after classes and initially started with making band-covers of popular songs in the subways of New york, because they believed the subway is dark and sad place. They decided to bring a positive touch to the people of New York through their performances. Later on, they started to compose their own music.
Their rise to fame began when a cell phone video of their subway performance of Lipps, Inc.’s “Funkytown” and James Brown’s “I Feel Good” went viral and introduced the world to the band’s music. After going viral, they started booking tours and recording more songs. In 2016 they debuted their full-length effort “NYC” and their 2016 “World Tour” CD EP. In 2017, Lucky Chops returned with the “Walter” EP.
In just three years, the six young New Yorkers have managed to get millions of followers around the world in their pockets with their unique jazz and pop (brassy funk) music. Joshua’s pop sensibilities translate beautifully to his lyrical trumpet melodies, Leo’s beat-driven electronic and hip hop influences give us a gritty modern edge, Raphael’s love of Soca rhythms make his bass lines extra groovy, Kevin’s rock-like precision will keeps you locked in, and Daro’s love of jazz and Arabic music will definitely push you to new expressive heights.