About Us

Harold "Homeboy" Wilson - President

Harold “Homeboy” Wilson is the founder of “The Backyard Party Kings” and the “Twilight Brass Band”.

Harold, fondly known as "Homeboy," performs many roles and tasks for Parold Entertainment Inc. The organization consists of over 30 seasoned musicians that rotate between studio recording and live performances. The Backyard Party Kings, dubbed San Francisco's #1 Street Performance Band, has performed for national organizations such as The Innocence Project, the Black Engineer Awards Conference, and Women of Color for Joe Biden. And the Twilight Brass Band, the only authentic traditional brass band led by a New Orleanian in California, is in constant demand for all sorts of events, including Celebration of Life, Private Parties, Festivals, and Parades. Homeboy was born and raised in the Tremé 6th Ward, New Orleans, and has a historical legacy that ties deeply with keeping the New Orleans Brass Band tradition alive. He is a traditional brass band bass drummer-percussionist, second-line dance connoisseur, and inter-disciplined entertainer.

Harold is also a fifth-generation New Orleanian and third-generation Brass Band Performer. He is the Great Grandson of Henry Booker T. Glass, one of the last musicians whose development pre-dated the Dixieland style of the early 1900s. As a pioneer of Dixieland Jazz, Booker T. was known as a mighty bass drummer and founded the First Black Musician Union in New Orleans. As a performer in traditional New Orleans 2nd line since the age of two, Homeboy is one of the most sought after, renowned performers in the Brass Band world of New Orleans. An avid participant in the traditional parades for over 20 years, Harold has dedicated decades to keep this national treasure alive. He has been an original Grand Marshall for several organizations and has performed with numerous Brass Bands worldwide, including the Olympic, Tremé, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Bands.

He is also one of the founding members of the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a traditional New Orleans organization dedicated to keeping the traditional music on the streets. His talents include designing and creating custom/handmade bass drums that model the Booker T. Glass unique bass drum sound, drumsticks, and various percussion instruments. Harold also creates exquisite one-of-a-kind New Orleanian Parade Umbrellas. In addition, he specializes in 2nd line dance, Brass band history, styles, and techniques. His extensive resume also includes performing and touring with notable celebrities as ahype man,” introducing innovative and unique choreography within the shows. Harold has shared the stage with musical greats such as Grateful Dead, Shannon Powell, Russell Baptiste, Michael White, Zigaboo Modeliste, Dr. John, Stanton Moore, and Trombone Shorty, to name a few.

Harold is currently co-writing with partner Parris Lane, expanding Parold’s music library into various mediums.

Parris Lane - Vice President

Parris Lane is a PBS Emmy Nominated Actress/Singer, songwriter, music producer, and published author. As a singer, Parris' extraordinary voice lends itself to many different styles of music as she has performed for audiences around the world, from Carnegie Hall to London, Paris, Geneva, Rome, and Bangkok. Her four-octave voice lends itself to diverse styles, including Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Pop, Classical, and Show tunes. Parris has recorded with many greats, including the group "MARZ" on Capital (Liberty) Records, and has produced seven musical CDs. One can also find her singing background vocals on Nils Lofgren's song "Black Books," which was featured regularly on the HBO hit series "The Sopranos."

In addition, with her acting skills Parris received her Emmy nomination as an actress/singer on the MD PBS Children's Television Show "Bob the Vid Tech" and starred in several musical productions such as Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, PURLIE, and SELMA.

As an author, Parris has written and published two children's books, So Many Bugs, and Mali the Hippo, the Abella Choral Music Book of Negro Spirituals, and a book of prayers/poetry. Parris also created, produced, and narrated the Grammy Considered for Best Spoken Word historical fiction music audiobook "Abella." Seven music selections from Abella were also Grammy Considered in various music categories.

Her work as a Teaching Artist for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Wolftrap Early Learning Program in Las Vegas, NV, she designed Arts Integrated Lesson Plans to enhance Preschool curriculums and classroom activities. Her workshop, created for youth entitled "Negro Spirituals - Communication through Songs" with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Arts Excel Program, was one of the most requested lessons within the program. She received a Governor's Proclamation for directing and producing events for groups such as the Chrysalis House for Mothers recovering from substance abuse and the YWCA Domestic Violence Program. Parris served on the board of the MD and NV Chapters of Women in Film and is a graduate of the Les Brown Hungry for Greatness Speaker Academy.

She is currently building Parold Entertainment’s music library as a songwriter/producer, writing a book about her unique life experience as a San Francisco Street performer with the Backyard Party Kings, and establishing a catalog of original artwork celebrating African American singers/musicians.

Parris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College, Oakland, CA majoring in Intermedia and Literary Works for Early Childhood Education, and a Master of Fine Arts-In Interdisciplinary Arts Degree from Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA. She is a native of Annapolis, MD, and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

www.parrislane.com