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Bando da Lua is the name of a successful and influential band from Rio de Janeiro between the 1930s and 50s, best known for their work with Carmen Miranda.

Founded in 1930 by members of the carnival association Bloco do Bimbo, Bando da Lua become Brazils first vocal ensemble (inspired by the Mills Bros., inlcudiing nasal trombones etc.) and score their first nationwide sucess after recording under Josué de Barros, the mentor of Carmen Miranda, in 1934. Until 1955 the band went through inumerous formations, toured the US several times with (and without) Carmen Miranda and performed with Bing Crosby. Aloysio de Oliveira, one of its founding members, later worked as a technical advisor for MGM, Columbia and Paramount, wrote the score for Alfred Hitchcock's 'Notorius' and upon his return to Brazil became the produder of João Gilberto.

Around 1993, the success of Bando da Lua inspired the early Dorival Caymmmi to found his first band, the Conjunto Regional Trés e Meio, which is joined by Dodô and Osmar after Caymmi's departure to Rio de Janeiro in 1938. Garoto (Aníbal Augusto Sardinha)  Osmar Macêdo's idol and favourite instrumtentalist, played with Bando da Lua between 1939 and 1940.


The late Bando da Lua performing Aquarela do Brasil (Ary Barrosa).
Note the four stringed triolim (tenor guitar).