Formed by some of the UK’s most versatile brass players, Oompah Brass started out with the firm intention of becoming a traditional German oompah band. However, they quickly realised that novel arrangements of pop tunes carried more appeal than the waltzes, polkas and marches more commonly associated with the genre. They’ve since been described by one of their biggest fans, Chris Evans, as full-blown ‘legends in Lederhosen.’
Winners of the 2012 Haizetara International Street Band Competition, Oompah Brass are now a multiple award-winning, critically-acclaimed brass ensemble and are the world’s leading exponents of ‘Oom-pop’ – Bavarian-style re-workings of songs such as Guns ‘n Roses’ ‘Paradise City’, Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’, and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. In the regular line-up of two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba, the five pioneers have performed in iconic venues across Europe such as the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland, the Hammersmith Apollo, and the brand new Olympic Stadium in London (in which they were the first band to perform live). They are equally at home playing prize-winners onto stage, performing on the streets, or entertaining audiences in comedy events – Edinburgh Fringe shows in 2009 and 2010 attained five-star reviews.
For a band like no other we invite you to peruse our site and introduce yourself to the magical world of Oom-pop.