Personal and Professional Music Mobility: An analysis of “Roll with It.”

The devastation of New Orleans by the Hurricane Katrina in 2005 brought with it many social innovations to restore hope, ensure survival and resilience on the affected New Orleans. As a social movement, music took the center stage of the counter catastrophe intervention.  Musicians such as Jason Berry with his 2009 Up from the Cradle of Jazz, the 2011 New Atlantis by John Swenson, and Lewis Watt and Eric Porter with the 2013 New Orleans Suite, joined the post-disaster music movement. However, no deep accounts of the after Katrina mobility has been provided as comparable to Matt Sakakeeny in his Roll with It. Sakeeny provides different accounts of brass music including the challenges facing the brass community and social problems such as poverty, racism, violence, and economic problems. He documents his personal growth, and how the society has shaped his brass band. His documentation is based on his observation as an ethnomusicologist.  He took an interest in assessing and documenti...