Set at a Junior Band level, PARP ! follows a flexi scoring formula of mixed brass players; requiring a minimum of 4 brass players - but the maximum number is endless. The pieces are predominantly groove based and seek to take participants through a wide range of styles and musical identities. In the instance of using just four brass players, playing just the top part in each case will provide a cohesive performance.
The observation and celebration of gypsy culture has been very prolific on UK television screens in recent years. Ironically, the background and incidental music associated with these programmes borrows heavily from the gypsy brass bands of Eastern Europe, particularly from the Balkan region. This Big Fat Gypsy Dance seeks to capture the musical flavour and attitude of this style of music – party on !