About the Band

City of Trees Brass Band was born on the streets of Sacramento, drawing influences in the form of music and tradition from the city and music of New Orleans. While musicians call them Jazz, casual listeners prefer more abstract descriptions like Party, Celebration, and Dance. Over the years, the band has reached the Sacramento community by staying true to its “takin’ it to the streets” upbringing as well as hitting all of the staple venues in Sac. Today CoT boasts active chapters of the band in both its hometown and the city from which it just couldn’t stay away, New Orleans, Louisiana. Whether you’re on the Dirty Coast or the Golden one, keep your ears and your hearts open for City of Trees Brass Band.


Sacramento Starters

Alicia Hall - Vox/aux

Matt Vollmer - Trumpet

Karl Rasmussen - Trombone

Isaac Negrete - Saxophone

Miguel Recendez - Sousaphone

Devon Edmond - Percussion


New Orleans Starters

Ben Hillier - Sousaphone

Anthony Coleman - Trumpet

Richard Smith - Trumpet

Daniel Smith - Trumpet

Ryan Robertson- Trumpet

Scotty “the Tree” Yost - Trombone

Brandon Kelley - Trombone

Ciaran Brennan - Percussion




High Sierra Music Festival
High Sierra Music Festival

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The Torch Club, Sacramento
The Torch Club, Sacramento

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Brass Band Educational Outreach
Brass Band Educational Outreach

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High Sierra Music Festival
High Sierra Music Festival

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Press Contact, Booking, Information:
Ben Hillier- Manager
CoTBrassBand@gmail.com, (916) 261-4322
Production Team:
Michelle Gunvordahl - Logistics Coordinator
CoTentertainment@gmail.com, (916) 995-6047
Sacramento Local:


Big Sticky Mess

Joy and Madness

Blue Bone Express

Saint Gabriel's Celestial brass Band

New Orleans:


Rebirth Brass Band

Dirty Dozen Brass band

Soul Rebels Brass band

Kermit Ruffins