About Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band

Raunchy circus roots. Polished precision performances. A joyful cacophony of Balkan, Klezmer and funk, with a tasteful thrash of metal thrown in for good measure. No matter the occasion, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band has got the brass to get you up and dancing.

Some whisper in hushed tones that ENSMB is the ultimate herald of mirthful discord, while others have gone mad at the mere mention of the name. It’s music shrouded in mystery and wicked intrigue. But there’s one thing we know for sure:




Better come see for yourself.

Horns will wail. Shoulders will shimmy. Faces will melt. 



ENSMB has performed at events ranging from HONK! Fest (in Somerville MA, Seattle WA and Austin TX), Outside the Box Festival, Boston Summer Arts Weekend, Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, and the Steampunk World’s Fair. They often can be found collaborating with the Boston Circus Guild, as well as frequently sharing bills with a talented network of bands from the robust Boston music scene. In addition to festivals and unorthodox appearances, the band can also be found performing at venues all across the Boston area.

Also check out our sister bands…

The Hot Club of Somerville

hotclubCool cats & dapper dames can’t help but strut their stuff to the swingin’brass’em sass’em sounds of our Swing / Jazz Band. When you’re too blue to swing or the swing is too hot to handle, then just groove out and lose your chill with the slip, slide and glide of a trombone razz and the croon of a tune that will be stuck in your head for weeks to come. Booking info…

Chamber Quartet


For when the moment calls for a more intimate sound, the elegance and versatility of a quartet will
add just that right touch of finesse to any room. Featuring violin, clarinet, accordion and acoustic
guitar, the music of our Chamber Quartet moves seamlessly between genres. From the dulcet tones of classical music, folks songs from all over the world, or even adding new sound to an old favorite pop tune, our quartet will add an atmosphere of style and class to your event, all with a unique flavor. Booking info…

Orkestar Dudochka

dudochkaThrough melding the melting pot of Balkan bounce and Klezmer’s keening call the thudding heart bass drum beat of our Klezmer / Balkan Band is in the far off motherlands of Eastern Europe. Grasp your lapel in one hand and your sweetheart in the other for a whirling dervish of sighing strings, accordion accolades and trilling trumpets calling you to move what your Babushka gave you. Booking info…