People of all ages and abilities are invited to bring an instrument, a handkerchief, or a parasol and join in the celebration as we process down Main Street. Participants will gather at 4PM in front of the Community Music School of Springfieldl at 127 State Street, just 1.5 blocks away from the festival site. The 20 minute long procession kicks off at 4:10 PM, proceeds down State and Main Streets, and culminates at the foot of the Main Stage.

Percussion Workshop

4-5PM, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8

Would you like to help us make some noise? We invite you to join us for a percussion workshop with the Berkshire Bateria Drum Ensemble, where you will learn to play New Orleans inspired rhythms to accompany the brass band in our Second Line Parade. The workshop takes place on Wednesday from 4-5PM at the Community Music School of Springfield. The workshop is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome including children and their families. The parade takes place at 4PM on Saturday, as part of the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival.

About The Parade

In 2017, the Festival incorporated a New Orleans’ style second line parade that germinated through Charles Neville’s volunteer work with the Community Music School of Springfield. Charles founded and taught the Brass Band Camp with CMSS faculty. Inspired by their experience with Mr. Neville, the youth cohort continued to meet on a weekly basis and their unwavering enthusiasm blossomed into a year-round program. As part of this year’s festival, the tradition continues in memoriam for Charles Neville – a “Second Line” parade in the truest sense – celebrating his life in high-stepping fashion with boisterous New Orleans music and dancing in the street.

New Orleans native, Henri Smith will officiate as Grand Marshal for the Second Line, leading the Brass Band Camp at the front of the parade. They will be accompanied by the The Berkshire Bateria & Bossa Triba drum and dance ensemble along with a crowd of musicians, families, and the general public.