HONK!fest 2022

October 9, 2022
This year was a milestone for my main band JP Honk, we were one of the official bands at HONK!fest 2022. Friday we led one of the five lantern parades, Saturday we had two sets, Sunday we joined in the parade (which has been our longest running participation w/ HONK!fest, going back to at least 2013) I was at all of those, plus backing up School of Honk whenever I could.

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Lantern Making and Staging for 5 parades...


Askew view of our drums at our Kenney Park premier...

Kenney Park again, photo by Kellie Fournier



I also joined in with School of Honk...


Wide view from the bass section...


HONKfests tend to have after party where folks from different bands eat, rest, shmooze, and jam together...


Banda Rim Bam Bum (from Santiago, Chile) was one of the featured traveling bands... (along with Young Fellaz Brass Band from New Orleams) - they play accompanied by this deathly figure, blowing bubbles from a handheld bubblegun...


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Arriving early to the parade staging (and by early I mean on time) I took this photo to ask my band "where is everyone?")


Parade photo by Greg Cook


At the head of our parade crew Karen twirled ribbons...

Our afternoon set, photo by Jennifer Ferguson


Noam took some shots during our mainstage closer Bella Ciao...


A word about Eze - he kinda became the 8th grade prodigy of HONK!fest, central with JP Honk and The Party Band but sitting in with everyone from ENSMB to Young Fellaz to the pickup band. While all credit is to him (and his parents), I'm proud of how JP Honk opened some interesting musical paths for him, back he was around 5, playing along on toy instruments with his older brother Gio a little further along on the trumpet.


We had a few more performances and then some of us went to a protest for prison justice at the Suffolk County Detention Center.


Another after party...


This was the 10th Annual Sousaphone Leg-Off... I played and sang "Tubas in the Moonlight"