Cascadia Loud Band

The Cascadia Loud Band is a new ensemble that performs on several different combinations of instruments associated with the festive outdoor music of the Renaissance.   The group’s flexible instrumentation includes a number of possible combinations including 4 shawms (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), 2 shawms and 2 sackbutts, 2 schreierpfeiffen and 2 shawms, 2 bagpipes, or 4 recorders.

Shawms are the forerunners of the oboe family, characterized by a strong, bright timbre and a wide, flared bell.  Sackbutts are the precursors to the trombone family, with a smaller bell, built in 4 different sizes.  Schreierpfeiffen are capped shawms with a very loud, bright sound and a wide conical bore, sometimes incorrectly referred to as rauschpfeiffen.

The musicians of Cascadia Loud Band are: Laura Kuhlman, Brandon Labadie, Gayle Neuman, and Phil Neuman.

L to R: tenor sackbutt, sopranino schreierpfeif, soprano schreierpfeif, soprano shawm, alto shawm, tenor shawm, bass shawm, bass sackbutt.

L to R: tenor sackbutt, sopranino schreierpfeif, soprano schreierpfeif, soprano shawm, alto shawm, tenor shawm, bass shawm, bass sackbutt.

From L to R: Phil Neuman, Gayle Neuman, Laura Kuhlman, Brandon Labadie

From L to R: Phil Neuman, Gayle Neuman, Laura Kuhlman, Brandon Labadie


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