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LaBrassBanda 2017
Background information
Origin Bavaria, Germany
Genres Bavarian Folk, Wind Band, Punk, Reggae, Brass
Years active 2007–present
Website Official website

LaBrassBanda is a Bavarian Brass Band originating from Übersee (Chiemgau), 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.[1]

History of the band[edit]

The 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, Krasnojarsk and Moskau.[2] 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,[3][4] and at the Roskilde Festival.[5]

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.

2013 they participated in the national pre-selection of the Eurovision Song Contest and became popular.

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 plays concerts without shoes and socks, 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.


LaBrassBanda in Vienna (2008)


Year Title Number of Songs Chart positions[6] Awards (noble metals)
2008 Habediehre 11 85
2009 Übersee 13 39
2012 Live Olympiahalle München 16 15 58
2013 Europa 14 3 10
2014 Kiah Royal 16 4 21
2015 Europa - in Dub 10
2017 Around the World 11 10 13

Contributions to collective works[edit]

  • Habediehre on Songlines top of the world. Songlines Magazine: Issue 57, January/February 2009 [7]
  • Music of Doctor Döblingers geschmackvolles Kasperltheater. A Bavarian marionette show for children. "Kasperl und das Kugeleis" – 2010



  1. ^ BR-online about LaBrassBanda (in German) Archived 20 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Report from". report from Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Program at". Program at Retrieved 2009-12-07. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "La Brass Banda Thrills Mbare Children". The Zimbo Jam. 30 April 2009. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "LaBrassbanda in Roskilde-Festival". Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  6. ^ Source of Album Chart: [1], [2]
  7. ^ Songlines top of the world. CD 57 the best new world music


  • Lorenz Beyer: LaBrassBanda: Bayern-Brass-Pop. In: Transkulturelle Musikprozesse in Oberbayern. Fallstudien zu hybrider Musik und territorialer Codierung im gesellschaftlichen Kontext. (German) Dissertation at University of Music and performing Arts Vienna, 2017. p. 143-204 (PDF; 30 MB)

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