The “Treme” in the band’s name references the Faubourg Tremé, one of the oldest New Orleans neighborhoods and an important center for African-American and Creole culture. Jones explains that the Tremé is particularly dear to the hearts of band members because many of them were raised in this area. By acknowledging the Tremé, the band displays pride in black and Creole New Orleans history.
A core mission of the Treme Brass Band is to facilitate the continuity of traditional brass band music. In order to maintain the tradition, band members wear the standard uniform of band cap and white shirt, practice traditional musical techniques, and participate in rituals such as the jazz funeral. Furthermore, they provide opportunities for musicians to play with them and learn; upcoming players can join in on weekly sessions and learn directly from seasoned musicians.