Minor Mishap Marching Band
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Fun, loud and in the street! Minor Mishap Marching Band is a 33-piece renegade circus-punk-brass band: Bourbon Street meets Budapest. We are inspired by a love of street music, brass bands, and spectacle, as well as a desire to create community and reinvent public spaces.
“Its as if all the hooligans that got kicked out of marching band for their boisterousness and punk rock covers came together and formed a circus-punk-brass band.” – Do512
Minor Mishap Marching Band is known for their shenanigans, their black and yellow costumes, and their fun-loving exuberance. Because most instruments in Minor Mishap do not need to be amplified, musicians are not confined to the stage. They’ve been known to climb upon just about any solid piece of furniture they can find, and try almost any silly hi-jinx they can think of. “Nothing compares to the gesamtkunstwerk of a Minor Mishap show, with members parading around like anarchist, psychotic bumblebees on Adderall, blowing music outta variously sized sound holes, standing atop bars, stages, and one another. The vibe is so, so very celebratory, even the crustiest curmudgeon would crack a grin.” –The Austin Chronicle
Minor Mishap Marching Band started 4.5 years ago by local Austin chanteuse and composer, Datri Bean, along with the help of some very committed early band members. The resulting project is one that has grown to be more than 25 members strong, instigates parades and spontaneous celebrations, and plays original compositions, as well as songs from Eastern Europe, India, and New Orleans.
Minor Mishap has played on almost every stage in Austin, including the Moody Theater, Austin Music Hall, La Zona Rosa, Antone's, the Paramount, and in many of her streets, on canoes in Barton Creek, standing in Barton Springs Pool (we got in trouble for that, but it was worth it), and at huge public celebrations like Queerbomb. Members of Minor Mishap Marching Band also started the HonkTX Festival, a free, outdoor brass band festival in Austin, which happens annually in late March.
“Happy is back.” – The Austin Chronicle, Best Merry-Makers 2011