Founded by Saxophonist (and Chuck Brown alumnus) Elijah Jamal Balbed the band performs with
the mission of keeping Go-Go music alive. The group features several DC natives, as well as
musicians from around the country who have since claimed DC as their home. JoGo is known to put
on an eclectic live show that excites and unites audiences of all walks of life.
composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the
Christmas season, they have now grown to a 8-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section,
and vocalists. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started out
professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area. Thanks
to the foundation laid in their earlier years, DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in
conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
Consistently touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has
been featured on WPFW's “Live at Five” three times and featured in the Washington Post Newspaper five
times. Through their training in both classical and contemporary styles, the young group has developed a
sound that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Their latest release entitled
Eclectic Soul is a testament to that sound. Overall, the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of
people with their music, not just in the DMV area, but across the world.