Belgian Ambrassband is a twelve-piece international orchestra which has been playing streets, stages, weddings and funerals in Belgium and abroad for over ten years. Their music is a mix of Balkan, Klezmer and their own compositions. The ensemble was founded in 2002 by trumpeter Gregor Engelen. Through the years, the band developed their personal, distinct group sound. At the end of 2004, they underwent a radical transformation. Following the example of East European and Balkan bands, the sound progressed towards gypsy music, with the addition of Klezmer sounds and fast basses. In the spring of 2005, the orchestra had found its current, international line-up. That same summer, they completed their debut album Schmücks & Schnitzels. In 2008, the Ambrassband (full name: Anti-fascist Militant Brassband) celebrated its sixth anniversary with a legendary event: a marathon performance consisting of two and a half hours of hardcore brass music.