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Brian Priebe - Eddie Becker band Trombonist Wins Second Place at the "International Alphorn Festival in Switzerland"

July 22, 2007 - American Trombonist, Brian Priebe, won 2nd place in the International Alphorn Festival held at the ski resort in Nendaz in the Swiss Alps. 120 competitors came from around the globe to the festival, but the biggest surprise was the American's 2nd place win. Never before has an American reached the finals of the competition which has been dominated by the Swiss since its beginning.
A crowd of over 2,000 alphorn lovers basked in a lush mountain meadow as the sun glinted off a spectacular mountain lake setting the stage for the competition. A renowned panel of international alphorn stars judged the competitors on technique, musicality and "Authentic Swiss Style".
Priebe was an obvious favorite with the crowd and the judges based on the huge cheer which erupted when it was announced "Second Prize goes to Monsieur Brian Priebe of the United States of America". You can hear Brian's gorgeous alphorn sounds on the new Featured Artists page of Arrivi Artist Marketing's website
: www.ArriviMarketing.com/FeaturedArtists

Brian Priebe as reported on Reuters, see the video...


July 2007 - Blues Down in the Delta - Hits Number 1 on American Idol Underground!

The online version of American Idol provides listeners the opportunity to listen  and rate original recordings by bands throughout the world.

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July 2007 - There's a War on the Middle Class - Makes the top 50 on American Idol Underground!

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Eddie Becker Receives Three “Wammie” Nominations for 2006


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December 29, 2006 – WAMA/Washington Area Music Awards

Eddie Becker and the Eddie Becker Band is nominated by members of WAMA for three awards for 2006 in the blues category. 

Best Song: “The Blues Down in the Delta”

Best Blues Band: The Eddie Becker Band

Best Instrumentalist: Eddie Becker


The Washington Area Music Awards, or “Wammies”, are considered by many musicians as the highest honor to receive in the local music scene.


Gold Winner in the SAW 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest 2006

November 17, 2006 – Songwriter Association of Washington

Eddie Becker wins the SAW Gold Award in the 2006 Jazz/Blues category for best song.  SAW sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) each year which is one of the longest-running contests in the nation which attracts entries from around the world.  Awards are presented to the first and second place winners, gold and silver, in each category, with a panel of music industry professionals choosing three top prize winners from among those entries.

The SAW Awards Gala took place on Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 at Jammin' Java in Vienna where Gold Award winners performed their compositions live. 


The Eddie Beck Band - Finalist in the Washington, DC Blues Society (DCBS), International  Blues Competition (IBC).

DCBS - IBC to be held on November 21, 2006 at Chic Hall's Surf Club, Bladensburg, MD. Winners of DCBS - IBC event will be sent to Memphis, Tennessee as ambassadors representing the Washington, DC Blues community.

The 23rd IBC event will be presented February 1-3, 2007, with the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards set for a Saturday brunch.

The list of blues greats that have competed in the IBC over the years is impressive indeed: Slick Ballinger, Michael Burks, Tommy Castro, Albert Cummings, Delta Moon, Larry Garner, Diunna Greenleaf, Zac Harmon, Richard Johnston, Matthew Skoller, Susan Tedeschi, John Weston and Michelle Wilson.

"Winning the International Blues Challenge is better than having a $100,000 publicity budget"--2004 IBC winner and 2006 Blues Music Award Best New Artist Zac Harmon.

Registration for acts has begun. You can now purchase tickets, book your hotel room(s) and order your IBC shirt now! Visit the Blues Foundation web site for more information.

DCBS - IBC event scheduled for November 21, 2006 

Competition kicks off at 6:30pm:

Chick Hall's Surf Club
4711 Kenilworth Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20743
(301) 927-6310


American Idol - yes the same American Idol that turned out Taylor Hicks

Blues Down in the Delta makes the TOP 20 ranking in the R&B category.

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Check out the Eddie Becker Band on the American Idol Web site...


Mountain Stage NewSong Festival - The Eddie Becker Band Named a Finalist

Mountain Stage awards "Blues Down in the Delta" with an Honorable Mention in the Rock & Blues category.

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Blues Down in the Delta is named winner in ASCAP Songwriter Showcase


April 6, 2006: Eddie Becker is named a winner in the ASCAP Songwriter Showcase – original composition contest. The song Blues Down in the Delta, winner in the Light Pop category, is one of twelve winners out of approximately 500 entries. Blues Down in the Delta was inspired by the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The ASCAP awarded, Blues Down in the Delta, was recorded by the Eddie Becker Band also finalists in the 2005 DC Blues Society blues performance competition.


As winners of the ASCAP Songwriters Showcase members of the Eddie Becker Band will perform an acoustic version of Blues Down in the Delta at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on May 1, 2006. The special guest host of the ASCAP Songwriters Showcase will be Stephen Schwartz, the highly acclaimed composer and lyricist for such successful Broadway shows as Pippin, Godspell, and his newest smash hit, Wicked. This ASCAP event will present talented songwriters from the Mid-Atlantic region – including DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Each songwriter (or their designated singer) will perform a song representing one of the following genres – musical theatre, jazz vocals, cabaret, or light pop.


The performance of Blues Down in the Delta by the Eddie Becker Band invokes the emotions felt by the country and the entire world as the effects of Hurricane Katrina unfolded. The simplistic styling of the song causes listeners to focus on the message delivered by the song. Oz Smith digs deep into his soul and delivers a vocal performance of true emotion. The trumpet solo, performed by Dr. Gil Wilshire, member of the Eddie Becker Band – Beltway Horns, depicts sounds of the New Orleans region while emoting feelings of pain and suffering the people of the region experienced. 


Co-sponsors include the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW), Kennedy Center Performance Plus, DC Cabaret Network, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Washington Area Music Association (WAMA).


Read the ASCAP Press Release...

As Seen in the Silver Spring, Maryland Gazette...Read the Article

As Seen in the Washington, DC Blues Society Newsletter & Calendar...Read the Article

Listen to Blues Down in the Delta...


Read About the Kennedy Center ASCAP Songwriters Showcase Awards Ceremony...


Blues Down in the Delta:

Composer – Eddie Becker

Horn Arrangement – Dr. Gill Wilshire

Recorded – 2006 at Audio Express, Silver Spring, MD

Engineered by – Eddie Becker, Bill Walker (Audio Express)

Produced by – Eddie Becker

Vocals – Oscar “OZ” Smith

Guitar – Eddie Becker

Lap Steel – Eddie Becker

Bass Guitar – Eddie Becker

Piano – Tony Bardo

Drums – Scot Lienke

Trumpet – Dr. Gil Wilshire

Trombone – Brian Prebie

Tenor Saxophone – Richard “Hollywood” Thompson

Bari Saxophone - Dan Mack




October 2005 - Eddie Becker Band - Named finalist in International Blues Competition (IBC) - DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands 





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