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.