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Oom-pah or umpapa is the rhythmical sound of a deep brass instrument in a band, a form of background ostinato.

The oom-pah sound is usually made by the tuba on the root of the chord (bass) and alternate bass on the following measure (5th of chord) — this sound is said to be oom, and is followed by the clarinet's pah on the octave of the chord in each measure.

Oom-pah is often associated with Volkstümliche Musik, a form of popular German-language music.

The musical Oliver! contains a song named Oom-Pah-Pah, which is named after the oom-pah.

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