West Grand Brass Band was formed in the summer of 2015, after marching together in the Carnival Parade in San Francisco's Mission District with a samba dance troupe called "The Hot Pink Feathers." After four open-air band practices by Lake Merritt in Oakland (Saturdays 10-noon), the band was hired to play the Oakland Jazz festival at CSUEB over that summer. West Grand Brass Band plays a mixture of originals, traditional jazz and modern covers.