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 (o͞om′pä, o͝om′-) also oom·pah-pah (o͞om′pä′pä′, o͝om′-)
A rhythmic sound made by a tuba or other brass instrument.

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a representation of the sound made by a deep brass instrument, esp in military band music
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(ˈum pɑ, ˈʊm-)

also oom′pah-pah`,

1. a repetitive, rhythmic bass accompaniment in music typically provided by brasses.
2. marked by an oompah: an oompah band.
[1875–80; imitative]
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[ˈuːmpɑː] Nchumpa f
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I have often watched with a tinge of nostalgia those Italian, and/or Spanish movies depicting religious processions wending their way through narrow, winding streets, 'oompah-pah' brass bands setting the funereal pace, and masses of candle-carrying devotees following hard at the heels of saintly images borne aloft on carriages, or upon the shoulders of devotees.
"Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka" by author, folklorist, and polka enthusiast Rick Mareh wonderfully captures the beat that pulses in the heart of Midwestern musical culture and offers up the fascinating history of how "oompah-pah" sound of polka music came to be the sound of middle America.
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I sometimes fantasized about being brought on to the oompah-pah of the United States Marine Corps Band, the brassy beat of a Mariachi string orchestra or the feathered elegance of a Mummers parade troupe from Philadelphia.
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To help them make their minds up, Judas is happy to share this candid snap of Daum, clad in lederhosen and clearly under the influence of oompah-pah music.
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A little bit of Strauss oompah-pah, with chocolates and liqueurs courtesy of Drucker's Cake shop is just the thing to usher in a Viennese night for the new century.
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