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The Olympia Brass Band is a New Orleans jazz brass band.The first "Olympia Brass Band" was active from the late 19th century to around World War I. The most famous member was Freddie Keppard.In 1958, saxophonist Harold Dejan, leader of the 2nd unit of the Eureka Brass Band, split off to form the current Olympia, reviving the historic name.The band had a notable part in the 1973 James Bond movie "Live and Let Die" where they lead a funeral march for a freshly assassinated victim. Trumpeter Alvin Alcorn plays the knife wielding "baby faced killer".In addition to playing for parades and parties, the band for many years had a weekly gig at Preservation Hall.The great changes in the New Orleans brass band tradition, led by younger groups such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band, resulted in the Olympia going from one of the city's more modernistic brass bands to one of its most traditional without changing style in the decade from the early 1970s to the early 1980s.Trum

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