Based out of the United House of Prayer for All People in Harlem, The McCollough Sons of Thunder is a 13-piece brass shout band that was assembled in 1962. For 44 years the band has been captivating audiences & winning critical acclaim around the world, including an appearance at the homecoming of South African leader Nelson Mandela.
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble began as a family group on the south side of Chicago in 1986. The eight horn-playing brothers were led by their father & teacher Kelan Phil Cohran, lead trumpeter of jazz group Sun Ra & mentor to the Pharaohs (later called Earth Wind and Fire). In 1999 the brothers combined their efforts & began performing a new style of brass music they termed “hypnotic.” These ambassadors of brass are now building an international following with their signature infusion of imaginative jazz arrangements with a hip-hop sensibility.