Detroit Party Marching Band

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Detroit Party Marching Band
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresBrass band
Marching band
Years active2009–present

The Detroit Party Marching Band is a guerrilla band based in Detroit, Michigan. The band appears at events unexpectedly.[1] They have played at events such as Mardi Gras in 2012, 2015, and 2017, Theatre Bizarre, Noel Night, Blowout!, the Nain Rouge parade,[2] the Hamtramck Labor Day Parade, 2010 Detroit Free Press Marathon,[3] and HONK![4] in Somerville, MA, as well as at many bars and parties throughout the Detroit area, both scheduled and unexpectedly. They have supported acts such as Band of Horses, Rebirth Brass Band, and What Cheer? Brigade. The band was founded by Rachel Harkai and John and Molly Notarianni,[5] who felt inspired by the second-line bands they saw in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and also after a trip to HONK! in late 2009. Its repertoire is a mix of Balkan and Balkan-inspired songs, and modern pop and R&B rearranged for brass, usually by the members themselves. They have also toured the Netherlands in Europe as part of the Cross Linx Music festival.


  1. ^ Donna Terek, "Guerrilla marching band takes Detroit by surprise" Detroit News Sep. 19, 2010
  2. ^ Ashley Woods, "Nain Rouge 2013: Pure Detroit Captures The Marche Through Detroit's Cass Corridor" Huffington Post Mar. 25, 2013
  3. ^ "Home > Other Things to Know > Course Entertainment".
  4. ^ "Detroit Party Marching Band – HONK!".
  5. ^ "So what's up with that random Detroit marching band?". Model D.

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