Kanola Band

An all-star band from Midwest US, paying homage to the diverse music, unique culture and fun of New Orleans music

Kanola Band (L to R): Matthew Fries (piano), Chance Huiet (tuba), Benje Daneman (trumpet), Jeff Moehle (drums), Seth Ebersole (woodwinds) Photo Credit: Casey Spring

Kanola Band (L to R): Matthew Fries (piano), Chance Huiet (tuba), Benje Daneman (trumpet), Jeff Moehle (drums), Seth Ebersole (woodwinds)
Photo Credit: Casey Spring

Kanola Band brings together some of the most experienced and diverse musicians in the country (who all just so happen to reside in the Midwest) to pay tribute to the great music and heritage of New Orleans. Their music dips into all areas of the city's diverse musical history including traditional dixieland, groovin' zydeco, soulful blues, grooving funk to blasting brass bands - audiences of all ages will leave feeling just a bit happier than when they came. Bring your dancing shoes, leave your worries behind and be ready for some fun, because Kanola Band is always a good time!

In addition to being veteran professional musicians, Kanola members are also passionate music educators who currently teach at Western Michigan University, Purdue University (Ft. Wayne), Saginaw Valley State University and Jazz & Creative Institute. Their unique approach to education and engagement will leave all ages of audiences having fun while learning about jazz, improvisation, music history, alongside the rich history of New Orleans and it’s music, which is the birthplace of many of our countries unique styles of music. Educational residencies are available for all ages of students, and are adaptable to most any situation. Please contact us to see how we can work best with your school or organization.

Personnel: Benje Daneman (trumpet), Seth Ebersole (woodwinds),
Matthew Fries (piano), Chance Huiet (tuba), Jeff Moehle (drums)

For special occasions, and upon request, our “expanded” Kanola Band includes:
Ashley Daneman (voice), Rufus Ferguson (keyboards), Nathan Durham (trombone)

Upcoming Kanola Band Shows

August 18, 2019 - Music in the Parks Series (Flesher Field - Oshtemo, MI)
August 24, 2019 - Kalamazoo Community Arts Awards Ceremony (Balch Playhouse - Kalamazoo, MI)
February 4, 2020 - Purdue University (Ft. Wayne) Music Residence (Fort Wayne, IN)
February 5, 2020 - Saginaw Valley State University (Saginaw, MI)
February 6, 2020 - St. Clair County Community College (Port Huron, MI)
February 17, 2020 - West Michigan Jazz Society Mardi Gras Party w/ Ashley Daneman (Casino Club - Grand Rapids, MI)