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Pandemic presents... MAY DAY Brass BBQ. A celebration of all things Brass.
Pandemic Pgh
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Just because we reached our goal doesn't mean we are in the clear. Any additional support would be greatly appreciated.  

EXPENSES KEEP ADDING UP. $3000 IS GREAT!!!! but costs are closer to $4000.

Keep kicking in what you can. 



May 2-4, Pandemic will be bringing several bands to town for the first annual FREE AND OPEN TO ALL MAY DAY BRASS FESTIVAL BBQ! While we’ve secured the funds for the major expenses, there are some costs that we need your help to cover:

·Gas, travel, food, and accommodations for the bands

·Permits and insurance


We’re looking for more than $3,000 to help us cover these costs. Take a look at our lovely pie chart below. While that explains most of our costs other expenses have already popped up and your contribution is greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to kick in.  Thanks so much!


The first annual MAY DAY music festival is a brass festival that will use the unifying medium of brass music to bring together diverse communities, from high school marching bands to traditional cultural bands to gypsy punk bands.

By juxtaposing different types of music, different cultures, and people of different backgrounds, I hope to bring together a mix of people who might not otherwise ever be at a show together. We hope to introduce people to new music. And to each other.


While Pittsburgh has an avid (and growing) brass music community, with regular events drawing large, interested crowds, the city has never hosted a brass music festival. Cities that do host festivals (HONK in Boston, Golden Festival in NYC) have been able to bring diverse communities together to enjoy a contemporary experience based on time-honored cultural traditions.


Pittsburgh has a variety of arts and folk festivals, but a contemporary brass festival that highlights the diverse sounds of brass music – while paying homage to gypsy, folk, punk and jazz roots – has yet to happen.

The MAY DAY BRASS FESTIVAL is a FREE outdoor weekend that will feature a variety of brass bands.

The bands already committed to the festival include:

Detroit Party Marching Band

What Cheer? Brigade

Black Bear Combo


Lungs Face Feet

May Day Marching Band

and more

As a community event that strives to build a stronger community around brass music and a diverse cultural landscape, it’s my hope that there will be no admission charge for the weekend event.

In order for that to happen, I will have to find financial support – bands have travel and food expenses in addition to being paid for their performances, stages need to be built, there are permits and insurance and promotional costs.

$3,000 will get us a weekend of outstanding brass music. But it won’t happen unless you contribute. LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN PITTSBURGH!


$10-50 - A warm fuzzy feeling in your heart that you helped make this happen (What admission would be if we charged.) give what you can. 

$50 A Thank You Card, An Event Poster, and a Pandemic Mix cd.

$150 Flash drive of music

$300 Pierogie party at your place or mine (Pandemic Pete and a crew of others will come to your house and cook you pierogies and drink or not drink you under the table.)

$500 I'll dj your event, house party, bbq, etc

$1000 Pittsburgh's own May Day Marching Band will play event of your choice (Birthday! Bar mitzvah! Wedding! Anniversary! Friday happy hour! )


If you can’t contribute financially that doesn’t mean you can’t help:

Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about our campaign!

Use the Indiegogo share tools!

Offer to volunteer at the event!

Vend! Contribute some food, shelter, water, even a tent.

Host a band for the night!


Pete Spynda is a DJ/event producer/music lover who’s been organizing underground music events for 13 years.

While playing in punk/brass/mariachi/death metal Pittsburgh band Air Guitar Magazine, he was introduced to gypsy brass music, and his life was forever changed.

Even though he’d never DJ’ed before (and the bar had never hosted events before), he convinced a local venue to let him host PANDEMIC, a monthly global dance party. 

What started as a small event in 2005 is now DRINKING DANCING STOMPING YELLING on the first Friday and second Saturday of every month in one of Pittsburgh’s most well known bars. He also books Balkan brass bands both locally and regionally.

more information on pandemic http://pandemicpgh.com

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This campaign ended on May 4, 2014
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  • $10USD
    A warm fuzzy feeling inside.

    A feeling that you are making pittsburgh better and free admission, but the festival is going to be free.

    39 claimed
  • $50USD
    Thanks Card, Poster, & mix cd

    For the $50 donation you will get mentioned as a VIP member on our wall of supporters as well as a thank you card and a mix cd.

    8 claimed
  • $50USD
    Thanks Card, Poster, & mix cd

    For the $50 donation you will get mentioned as a VIP member on our wall of supporters as well as a thank you card and a mix cd.

    11 claimed
  • $150USD
    Flash Drive of Music

    A thank you for being awesome and supporting this great event Pandemic Pete will create a 16gb flash drive of music for you to enjoy. w/ special mix tapes and more

    2 claimed
  • $300USD
    Pierogie Party

    you decide which you would prefer but i'll throw you a dinner party. handmade pierogies by pandemic pete and a small crew, beer, wine, music and more.

    0 claimed
  • $500USD
    i'll dj your party

    you choose the party and i'll dj it

    0 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Your own Brass Band

    The MayDay Marching Band will play the event of your choice. Birthday! Bar Mitzvah! Anniversary! Happy Hour! or if you just need a marching band to brighten up your day.

    1 claimed
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