The Balkan brass band tradition may have resulted in dancers throwing all restraint to the wind and cavorting wildly into the night, but it actually came about through the intermingling of two forms of strict military discipline, one from the East and the other from the West. The former is the ancient Ottoman mehter military band, and the latter the familiar Western brass band, complete with tubas, trumpets, and saxophones. This Macedonian brass band, who proudly proclaimed themselves as A Gypsy Brass Band on their debut album, comes from a tradition that has been providing live music for various important social rituals as well as pure entertainment since the late 1800s, at the very least. Named after the town of their origin, the Kocani Orkestar began as a local group, then picked up a following outside the region due to a triumphant performance in Emir Kosturica's film Cingene Damani. This led to tours in Western Europe, Canada, and Turkey, as well as throughout the Balkans. They began releasing a new CD every few years, including one on a Turkish label. The group's music includes influences from the Macedonian tradition as well as Turkey, Serbia, and the Romany world, with roots that stretch all the way back to India.