Photo by Eric Nemens

The Funky Butt Brass Band was formed in St. Louis, Missouri in 2007 by six talented musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition. The FBBB takes classic New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a twist, in the style of Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth and Bonerama. But don’t be surprised if you also hear some Minneapolis funk, Southern rock, Memphis soul, Chicago blues and St. Louis R&B in the mix.

The band has played such prestigious festivals as the King Biscuit Blues Festival, Roots N Blues N BBQ, Blissfest, Taste of St. Louis, Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, Gumbo Ya Ya and the Big Muddy Blues Festival. And FBBB has shared the stage with some legendary Louisiana artists, including Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama, Chubby Carrier, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, New Orleans Suspects and the Royal Southern Brotherhood.

The FBBB has released four studio records, Cut The Body Loose (2009), You Can Trust The Funky Butt Brass Band (2011), Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp (2014) and, most recently, Onward (2020).  All capture the wide variety of original music, unexpected covers and playful spirit the band brings to every live performance. The band has also recorded two holiday albums: An epic holiday EP entitled Shiny Christmas Balls (2006), and A Funky Butt Family Christmas (2017), featuring guest vocals from Emily Wallace, Roland Johnson, Steve Ewing, Al Holliday and Big Mike Aguirre. All CDs are available for purchase at FBBB shows, online at, and as digital downloads from iTunes.

Cody Henry (Sousaphone)

Cody teaches jazz trombone at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where he studied jazz and received a Bachelors and Masters. Cody believes versatility is a strength as a professional musician and plays a variety of instruments in a variety of styles from jazz and classical to hip-hop and R&B.  Along with performing, he is an active jazz clinician, having contributed to Jazz St. Louis, the Birch Creek Music Academy, and the Jim Widner summer jazz camps. He also plays with Adam Hucke in the area’s premier ukulele-and-tuba duo, Sophisticated Babies, and with Ron Sikes in the Unity Quartet. Cody lives in High Ridge, MO with his wife, Tami (also a trombonist) and their children.

Adam Hucke (Trumpet, Vocals)

Originally from Millstadt, Illinois, Adam performs with Sophisticated Babies, Musica SLESA, Street Fighting Band, Slam and other St. Louis groups in addition to playing trumpet and singing with FBBB. In his free time, he also enjoys cooking, playing the ukulele, quaffing good beer and laughing a minimum of 400 times a day. In 2017, he released an eclectic solo album entitled “Madam, I’m Adam,” which is definitely worth checking out.

Ron Sikes (Drums)

By day, Ron is a mild-mannered band director and college percussion instructor. By night, he’s a freelance musician, composer and arranger. He and wife Catie live in Jefferson County with their three lovely daughters. Besides drumming with FBBB and his many teaching responsibilities, Ron stays busy playing with the Unity Quartet, Back Pocket Trio and the Southside Creole Playboys. He is also an accomplished jazz vibraphonist and is endorsed by Lewi® Customs Cajons and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

Aaron Chandler (Trombone, Vocals)

Aaron’s musical history goes back to his great-grandfather Pryor Thurman, a hell of a hand on fiddle. At 12, Aaron discovered the trombone and became a “not quite” child prodigy. He was accepted into the music program at SE Missouri State, which led to playing with such legends as Clark Terry, The Temptations and Rufus Thomas. In addition to FBBB, Aaron provides trombone firepower to various bands around town. With his wonderful wife Erica and rowdy young sons Milo and Hank, Aaron considers himself one of the luckiest guys on Earth.

Tim Halpin (Guitar, Vocals)

Tim attended his first-of-many Jazzfests in 1989, beginning a long-standing love affair with New Orleans music, food and culture. In his non-musical life, he is an award-winning writer who has created many memorable ad campaigns. Tim grew up Harbor Springs, Michigan, a beautiful little town on the shores of Little Traverse Bay, and he and his lovely wife Liz live in the Tower Grove Heights neighborhood of St. Louis with a rambunctious 95-lb. Great Pyrenees mix named Stella.

Bryan Fritz (Sax, Vocals)

Bryan was born and raised in St. Charles, MO, where he discovered his love for music at an early age and found his true calling on saxophone as he entered middle school. His parents would often take him to the city to see (and sit in with) some of the finest musicians in St. Louis, including Oliver Sain, Benny Smith and Willie Akins. Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University and moved to Chicago in 2010. After five years playing salsa, jazz, blues r&b and stage shows, Bryan moved back to St. Louis, where he resides with his wife Michelle and a feisty dog.