NEW ORLEANS, LA
To Be Continued Brass Band, or TBC Brass Band, the subject of a documentary titled From the Mouthpiece on Back, is a jazz band formed in 2002 by young men who grew up in the 7th and 9th Wards in New Orleans, Louisiana. They sought to avoid the life that befell many of their friends and classmates involving drugs and violence by creating a jazz and brass band. The band started at Carver Senior High School in New Orleans where the band’s eventual leader and tuba player, Jason Slack, borrowed instruments from Carver’s band director. Some of the instruments were taped together. For example, the tuba was taped with duct tape to patch a hole in the horn. The band received permission from Carver’s principal to play a set on the school grounds. The school’s reaction simply was “wow,” and the TBC Brass Band was on its way.