Ska, Reggae, Rock, Jazz
Band Members

Dan Young - Arranger/composer, trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet, valve trombone, percussion

John Hensley - Arranger/composer, trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet, piccolo trumpet, trombone, Superbone, tuba


Contact Info
[email protected]


The Pleasure Point Horns were founded in 1986 as the horn section for the local ska/ reggae/ jazz band the Square Roots  by Dan Young and, since the demise of that band, they operate as a freelance horn section. The Pleasure Point Brass Band, modeled on a New Orleans street band, is also one of their projects. They have performed with a variety of artists, including James Durbin (American Idol finalist), the White Album Ensemble; Flip & the European Mutts; Pure Roots; Utopian Dreams; multi-Grammy Award winning guitarist Ken Emerson; Square RootsSlow Gherkin; The Rowan Brothers; Polkacide; The Mad Maggies. John & Dan also work as 'hired guns' in commercial work such as video soundtracks, musicals, church worship performances and with jazz groups (New Flamingo Swing Orchestra, the Lyratones Big Band and the Top Shelf Big Band).

The PPH hire out for commercial and individual recording projects as a "rent-a-horn-section" outfit and provide arranging, composition and chart creation services. 



Live Shows

Upcoming Shows


8/20/22 and 8/21/22 - Performing at Locals Only (Snazzy Productions) at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds



12/11/16 - performing w/ Cabrillo Symphonic Wind Ensemble

12/18/16- performing with Green Valley Christian Church

12/29/16- Beggar Kings ("Beggar's Banquet") and White Album Ensemble ("Revolver") at the Rio Theatre

12/30/160 Beggar Kings ("Let IT Bleed") White Album Ensemble ("Sgt. Peppers") at the Rio Theatre

past 2016 shows with

Beggar Kings live on-air KPIG-FM;  KCSO-AM

Beggar Kings and Coastal Sage and Irish Wristwatch

recording projects with slack key guitarist Ken Emerson



several Beggar Kings shows at the Rio and at Don Quixote's International Music Hall

shows with Tingly (ska punk)

several commercial recording projects and 2 cd projects


The White Album Ensemble: 12/27-28/14 at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, CA;  12/29/14 - private party

Recording project for educational video at Pine Forest Studios, Aptos 11/20/14

Funk recording project at Cabrillo Studios 11/11/14



Past Shows

Flip & the European Mutts/ Summer 2014 Tour:   8/22;  8/30;  9/12

James Durbin "Destroy the Night"- the music of The Doors and of Led Zeppelin; The Rio Theatre; July 25, 2014

Flip & European Mutts EP recording session Oakland, CA  June 21

White Album Ensemble, Mello Center, Watsonville, CA; Summer 2014



Live on KPIG 107.5  Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 10AM

Tuesday, Feb 19/2013, The Independent in SF with Pure Roots/ Israel Vibrations




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