TOOS! (pronounced as ‘Toes’ and founded in 1986) is a band with a character of its own and a unique sound. The musical arrangements are more often than not quite sophisticated, the program is versatile and above all the music is presented in a most catchy way. The crowd always seems to love it as much as the musicians themselves.
Mr Blue Sky, sorry no polkas
Toos is a fairly large orchestra, a solid band of fifteen well-trained musicians.
The band consists of saxophones (from soprano to baritone), flugelhorn, trumpets, trombones, French horn, tubas and percussion. It is a wind orchestra with an exceptional repertoire, by no means a straight-forward party or polka band. The audience is surprised by songs of all sorts and sounds, about fi fty pieces that are rarely heard in the streets, as well as pieces for large ensembles, such as Gonna Fly Now. But you might also encounter parts of The Threepenny Opera. Or an Italian movie score of Cinema Paradiso may resound just before the street band seems to turn into a big band. Besides all this, Toos performs their own versions of many renowned popsongs, such as Mr Blue Sky. The musicians occasionally sing too, sometimes even multi-voiced.
By the way, how often have you heard Bach’s Toccata being played in the lively surroundings of city noises?
Beautiful music wherever you like
As a self-respecting street band, Toos has no amplifiers or cables. With no electricity needed, the orchestra is very flexible.
This has contributed to the wide variety of places Toos has performed, such as:
- during warm summer nights in a crowded Tuscan town square;
- at a jazz festival in Holland, celebrating the National Holiday in Belgium, and, for instance, in Germany at a street theatre festival;
- under the Eiffel Tower, on the streets of Istanbul and by the racetracks at Francorchamps;
- at all kinds of seminars and offi cial receptions, but also during numerous open air festivities;
- or on stage in the world-renowned Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as the opening act of a festival.
As well Toos has played, of course, countless times in even more countless streets - invited or just for the fun of it.