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The bandas

The Bandas

The bandas are festival orchestras, bands dressed in colorful, sometimes accompanied by dancers, which can be replaced during ferias by festayres.

The bandas are located in the south-west of France and Spain, and elsewhere in the world, eg Brazil. In the south of France and Spain, many cities have their own group bandas.

The magnificence of the costumes and clothes, and brass, reminiscent of the old traditional festivals, where we found ourselves in the warmth of the group and where everyone could share his joy, rallying under the banner of the festivities.


Today bandas offer an extensive repertoire that enables them to produce world music, as far as the chorus of celebration that animate the night until morning. First, there are musicians, all applied to lead and to dance, but also to touch the audience with their music. These are mostly in love with the festival "white" and are heavily inspired by "san fermines" in Pamplona. The bandas that are found in the festivals of south-west is from this culture Navarre and perpetuate this tradition colorful bullfights, street fairs and peñas.


The music ranges from banda music and bawdy folk songs and tunes derived from jazz, blues, tinged with salsa or the arrangements of music classic that make the whole dimension harmonic those bands whose main interest is to produce a real harmony.

This music comes straight from the "calle jarauta de iruña. The "pasa calle" are mainly of hymns of Pamplona peñas. The repertoire is completed by "jotas", pasodobles and pieces of South America. The music variety is not much played by such training, or it is diverted from more humorous.


The term banda comes perhaps from Spanish, but its roots seem to come from the languages of invading the High Middle Ages. Its meaning will change little over the centuries. This will be the banner and the troops. The bandas have left the current warlike aspect and kept the spirit of the group and complicity.


  • During the festival of bandas, that is bandas which are the centers of interest. These festivals are usually organized around competition that separate the musical qualities of their activities on a podium, pasa-calle, cafes and bistros, with their musical qualities, etc... The appearance of clothing, banners and more are also part of the image that leaves the banda, and is not neglected, especially since the banda is a musical feast. The "Festival de Bandas Y Penas" of Condom awards since 1973, the coveted "Palme d'Or. This award recognizes both the performance of the banda musical talents of its animation.
  • The pasa-calle (street-pass) : it is a parade of the band from street to street for entertainment in the city in celebration. These parades are not formal and they keep the strict military bands for the organization and the constraints of the orchestra, they are shameless, and their goal is to have fun, laugh and multiply with the complicity public. The winks are amusing or satirical legion.
  • The ferias are festivals in Spanish, but by extension, it uses this term to describe kinds of celebrations of Spanish origin (bullfights), but also affecting the traditions that put cows to bulls or entertainment center (running Landes is typically French and without any harm to animals). During these festivals, street bands are still present.

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The arrangement

In music, the arrangement is ancillary to the musical composition, as only informs a given topic by using a more extensive instrumentation - orchestration - or upgrading an original piece in a elsewhere.

An arranger is the name of the person that specializes in creating arrangements. In most cases, a composer "classic" is also his own arranger. Nowadays, composers create varieties of melody, but rarely have the technical skills demanded by arrangement. However, with the development of home studio, they can sketch out some ideas using synthesizers and color guide to giving a piece. But the final arrangement, very technical, will be entrusted to the arranger.

Harmonics of a sound

A sound wave is characterized physically by its frequency of vibration and it is measured in Hertz (number of vibrations per second). For example, the "A3" has a frequency of 440 Hz higher the frequency, the higher the sound is high. At heights (and thus frequencies) identical sounds emitted by two different instruments (eg violin and flute) do not resonate in the same way. Each is characterized by its so-called stamp that identifies it, that no translation of his nature is really simple: it follows from the combination of its primary or basic, which sets the frequency perceived by the ear and a large number of harmonics whose relative weights determine precisely its timbre.

The harmony

In its broadest sense, the word harmony means traditionally one of the four elements of music - the others being the rhythm, the melody and timbre.
Harmony is the deliberate use of frequencies simultaneously, with a view to provide relief and depth to the song or instrumental performance : she represents the aspect vertical music, while the melody is the aspect horizontal.

The jazz

The jazz is a music type born in the United States at the beginning of the XXth century. Existent of the crossroads of the blues, the ragtime and European music, the jazz is considered to be the first specific musical form to have developed in the United States.

The salsa

Salsa (the Spanish word which means "sauce") refers to both a dance music genre, but also a family of musical styles (Latin music).
A musician (or singer) or salsa dancer is called salsa (salsa female).