About Us

Fusing New Orleans-style brass band tradition with an eclectic blend of hip-hop, R&B, funk and pop, the Brass Animals, since 2013, have delighted audiences of all shapes and sizes at weddings, corporate events, private events, and special events in California. The band serves up explosive renditions of recent favorites by artists like Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Aaliyah, Kanye West, and Janelle Monáe, and puts their own spin on vintage classics by Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, Funkadelic, Labelle and more. A typical Brass Animals gig features hard-hitting brass-led jams mixed with sing alongs lead by some of California's top brass band vocalists. From the stadiums of Oakland Coliseum and Avaya Stadium, to stages at Brick & Mortar Music Hall and the Boom Boom Room to outdoor festivals and parades all over the California, the band has solidified as a mainstay among the burgeoning west coast brass band scene. Brass Animals continues to break new ground, merging modern and classic sounds to make you move.

Our Mission

To help people create memorable brass band music experiences

We're different

Our band is predominantly made up of brass musicians who bring a New Orleans style feel to popular hip-hop, R&B, pop and funk songs.

We have the experience

Our performers have years of experience playing all kinds of gigs and are thoroughly vetted before they are brought on by the band.

We're easy to work with

From booking the band to day of logistics, we make the process hassle free.

Our Team

Ben Lack

Founder & Band Leader
Ben plays drums and MC's. He also oversees the band’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, and communications.

Victor White

Victor plays bass for the band. He also helps build the band's strategic direction and works on the band's marketing and communications strategy.

Matt Slevin

Matt is a keyboard player and sings backup vocals. He also helps with the band's video production and social media presence and arranges songs.

Thea Garcia

Thea oversees many of the band's day-to-day operations. She also helps with the band's online and social media presence and is one of the band's designers.

Ben Cohn

Ben plays trombone and MC's shows. He also acts as the band's musical director, arranges songs, and helps define the band's musical direction.

Tyler Rydosz

Composer / Arranger
Tyler composes and arranges many of the band's songs.
“Great brass band!! They performed for a keynote at Dreamforce 2017 and were a huge hit. A very professional group that we'd love to invite again! ”
Jen S., Salesforce

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