LaBrassBandaLaBrassBanda is a Bavarian brass band originating from Übersee, near Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany. The name of the band is a portmanteau of the Italian words "la banda" and the English term "brass band", both meaning the same.
History of the bandThe band was founded 2007 by Stefan Dettl, Andreas Hofmeir, Manuel Winbeck, Oliver Wrage, and Manuel da Coll. The five musicians got to know each other during their music studies. Stefan Dettl was inspired by the Youngblood Brass Band which he met at his New York City trip. Dettl was inspired by their combination of Brass music and Hip-Hop and R&B vibes.
The first concert of LaBrassBanda was in London. During the European football championship in 2008 the band played concerts on their trailer at different fan miles. The biggest gig they had was in Vienna at the final. They also played at the ´Bavaria Open´ in Munich. In 2009 the band was invited by the Goethe-Institut to take part in the German Culture Festival sibSTANCIJA_09 in Nowosibirsk and Akademgorodok. There were further concerts in Omsk, Krasnoyarsk and Moscow. In the same year LaBrassBanda appeared at the Harare International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe, organized by the German Embassy and the Zimbabwe German Society, and at the Roskilde Festival.
During 2010 and 2012 they had 500 more concerts and festivals. They played at Hurricane Festival and Southside Festival. They also played gigs in Russia, Bosnia and Denmark. The band's aim is to make Volksmusik suitable for clubs.
In 2013 they participated in the national pre-selection of the Eurovision Song Contest. While they didn't win, their participation helped them become popular. In summer 2013, they headlined Die Ärzte on a few concerts.
The music genre of LaBrassBanda is "Neue Volksmusik", but the music style is a combination of Brass, reggae, Punk, Gipsy, Jazz and techno with a typical Bavarian note. Stefan Dettl and Manuel Winbeck sing in Bavarian, so not everybody can understand the lyrics. The lyrics are about beer, girls and party.
The band is known for their unusual attire: All members play at concerts barefoot, in Lederhosen and T-shirts.
In 2013 Oliver Wrage left the band because of personal reasons and 2014, Andreas Hofmeir left the band with the victory of the `Classic-Echo´. Today, he has got many solo projects and is a professor at the ´Mozarteum´ in Salzburg. Stefan Dettl had two solo albums: 2011 Rockstar and 2012 Summer of Love. At this albums he does not play trumpet but the guitar. In 2013 Mario Schönhofer (Bass), Jörg Hartl (Trumpet), Korbinian Weber (Trumpet), Tobias Weber (Percussion) and in 2014 Stefan Huber (Tuba) joined the Band.