Name my brass quintet!
August 15, 2014 11:46 AM   Subscribe

My brass quintet is giving its debut recital next month. We all identity as LGBT (and have slight aspirations of trying to get gigs playing at weddings, same-sex or otherwise), and we rehearse on Capitol Hill. At a loss for what to call ourselves. Hope us?
posted by QuantumMeruit to Society & Culture (36 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Blowhards
posted by sylvanshine at 11:58 AM on August 15, 2014

Along the same line as above: the Blowjays?
posted by quixotictic at 12:10 PM on August 15, 2014

Same Sax
posted by Rock Steady at 12:13 PM on August 15, 2014 [5 favorites]

Not all themed on LGBT, just some ideas:

The Brassieres

DBDT (Don't Brass Don't Tell)


Alt.Brass.Quintet (or just Alt.Brass)

My Big Fat Gay Wedding Brass Quintet
posted by Quisp Lover at 12:16 PM on August 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Sack Butt
posted by ubiquity at 12:17 PM on August 15, 2014

The Brass Quinteers
posted by poodelina at 12:18 PM on August 15, 2014

God Hates Brass
posted by mochapickle at 12:26 PM on August 15, 2014 [4 favorites]

PentaBrass?, The Tacks?
posted by sunslice at 12:27 PM on August 15, 2014

Just what I came up with on the fly.

The Brass Queertet (aw someone kind of beat me to it)

Notes on Equality

Get Your Brass Outta My Bedroom (still thinking about this one -- was trying to make a play on words related the Republican efforts to legislate against same-sex marriage, which would play on the fact that you're an LGBT Brass quintet who rehearses on Capitol Hill).
posted by tckma at 12:27 PM on August 15, 2014

Five Golden Things
Monumental Brass
posted by FreezBoy at 12:29 PM on August 15, 2014

Hilltop Horns
Brass Tax
Washington Windbenders
Bass Instincts
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 12:51 PM on August 15, 2014

Shake That Brass!
posted by platinum at 12:52 PM on August 15, 2014

Response by poster: Some of these are funny, but we need something we (and our clients) would feel comfortable printing in a church service program!

"Monument Brass" was on our own list but that name is very similar to one used by another DC-area quintet.
posted by QuantumMeruit at 1:10 PM on August 15, 2014

We're The Brass
The Horn District
The Gabriels
posted by xaryts at 1:16 PM on August 15, 2014

Rainbow Brass Quintet

Brass Out

The Unmuted Brass Quintet
posted by alms at 1:32 PM on August 15, 2014

Stonewall of Sound
posted by hollyholly at 1:38 PM on August 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Dorothy Brass
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:39 PM on August 15, 2014

Brass Flambe
Brass Trinity and Horn Duo
posted by bhdad at 1:42 PM on August 15, 2014

The Liberty Brass Quintet. Your logo could be the Statue if Liberty holding up a horn.
posted by alms at 1:59 PM on August 15, 2014 [4 favorites]

posted by Middlemarch at 2:06 PM on August 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Brass Menagerie
The Brassway
Horns of Representatives
posted by FreezBoy at 2:08 PM on August 15, 2014

Pentagon Brass
Pentagonal Brass
posted by sciencegeek at 2:11 PM on August 15, 2014

The Tiber Five (ref)
posted by argonauta at 2:58 PM on August 15, 2014

Quantum Brass


Brass Backward

posted by beagle at 3:13 PM on August 15, 2014

Brass Heart
Cherry Blossom Quintet
Capital City Resonators
Brass Pentagon
The Family Brass
posted by anya32 at 4:31 PM on August 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Top Brass
Rotunda Thunda
The Joint Chiefs of Brass
A Pride of Horns
posted by Zedcaster at 4:58 PM on August 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Horndogs
posted by Sublimity at 5:21 PM on August 15, 2014

The Capitol Brass
Federal Brass
National Brass
D.C. Brass

Man I miss playing my trombone. Gotta get it out again and find a group!
posted by scooterdog at 6:07 PM on August 15, 2014

The Roy G. Biv Quintet
posted by argonauta at 6:44 PM on August 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Breaking Brass
Bivalves (again let me just say...)
posted by sylvanshine at 8:09 PM on August 15, 2014

The OverTones
posted by sandra_s at 8:28 PM on August 15, 2014

What's your repertoire like? Are you all more at he Canadian Brass end of the spectrum (Bach, Joplin) or the Mnozil Brass or Luur Metalls (Zappa tributes) side of things?
posted by cleroy at 8:33 PM on August 15, 2014

A Capitol Affair
The Brass Monkeys
Fabulous Brass
The Brass Blowers
posted by drlith at 6:08 AM on August 16, 2014

I'm probably in the minority, but for most of the above answers, the bonus points you'd get for being an obviously LBBT-identified ensemble would be exactly canceled out by my irrational fear of people who use puns in a professional context. (Using "Dorothy," as mentioned above, just barely makes the cut between cringe-worthy and cute.) And, puns on brass are right up there with coffee shops who use puns on "ground" in their name: unforgivable, not matter how good the product.

I say, pick something subtle, locally significant, and with history that doesn't beat people over the head. Mention that you're all LGBT-identified on the first page of your website, not in the title.

"The Tiber Five," above, is pretty great. Something like "the new troy players" could be fun. From the point of of someone who's never set foot anywhere near DC, "the Anacostia Flats" sounds cute, though there may be cultural context that makes that a problem.

How about [your-favorite-capitol-hill-alley]-brass-band, or "[historic-gay-bar-that-doesn't-exist-anymore] house band?"

Or, something hill-related? "Tumbling after" is the best I can come up with, though it doesn't exactly scream LGBT-friendly.

"Spirit of Justice" also has a nice ring to it, though I'm not sure if it evokes the image you're going for.
posted by eotvos at 10:22 AM on August 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

Capitol Qwintet
posted by jujulalia at 4:05 AM on August 17, 2014

In some businesses, it'd be insane to pun in your biz name. But music groups, like coffeeshops, are whimsical enterprises. While pun-haters may forever shun certain types of businesses who resort to that, I can't imagine one walking a block out of their way to a coffee shop that doesn't have "grounds" in its name. Same for a chamber group such as yours.

I really thought alt.brass was pretty good. It's got personality, and it nicely dog-whistles the target group without putting off the mainstream.
posted by Quisp Lover at 1:34 PM on August 17, 2014

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