The theatrical brass band Les Grooms was started in 1984 alongside the Théâtre de l’Unité, the precursor to street theater in France in the seventies. Since its creation the group has worked on the close relationship between music and theatrical presence and on a repertoire aimed at eclecticism and the mismatch between classical and popular music.
In 1998 Les Grooms created “La flûte en chantier”, a wandering street opera for brass band and soprano, inspired by Mozart. In 2002 “La Tétralogie de 4 sous” was created (opera for brass band and 3 singers, inspired by Richard Wagner). In 2006 “Les ballets grooms” was created (street ballet for 2 dancers and a brass band). In 2009 the company created “Un roi Arthur”, inspired by Henry Purcell. In 2011 “Le bonheur est dans le chant” was created. And lastly, in 2015, “Rigoletto”, inspired by Verdi, was created.
The group has visited 37 countries on 5 continents since its creation and performed at some of the world’s biggest festivals.