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Tikka Banda

Tikka Banda was founded in late 2013, originally as a 6-piece band with the idea to offer a sound bite of a traditional Maltese Festa all year round, with a modern twist of course! Since then, Tikka Banda has grown and developed its repertoire to what it is today; a diverse, unique and modern 12-piece band ranging from wedding gigs to corporate functions. In 2018, Tikka Banda also got the opportunity to participate in the official opening for Valletta 2018, the European Capital of Culture for the year. The secret of the band’s success is its resident musicians, musical mentors, choreographers, narrators and other creative artists who all together have helped Tikka Banda achieve its success in both the local and international music industry. Together we have created numerous contemporary and interactive spectacles which have coloured the streets of Malta!

Tikka Banda Timeline

40 years of Cisk

Tikka Banda was the official musical element which toured with Farsons Simonds Cisk Ltd on their 40th CISK anniversary and performed 20 performances ranging from local band clubs bars, local and popular pubs and Farsons Beer Festival 2019! Check out the videos here: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3.

Europe Day 2019

Tikka Banda was present during Europe Day – a day which celebrates peace and unity, playing traditional and international tunes along Valletta Streets on Thursday 9th May 2019 morning. This event was organised by Europe Direct Valletta hosted by MEUSAC and supported by the European Commission Representation in Malta and…Read More


‘PARASAMBATA’; a cultural integration and inclusion project which Tikka Banda (Malta) in collaboration with Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Roma-Rio (Brasilian Cultural Association) staged on Saturday 4th May, during Gozo Alive 2019. The merging of the two musical cultures made ‘PARASAMBATA’, a street parade with a coalition of musical fusion…Read More

Be Tikka Banda for a Day!

Young musicians experienced the bliss of playing, learning and even discussed the function of Tikka Banda in the arts and cultural sector during an informal 6hr workshop. This open day was a self-funded initiative and organised by the band members themselves on Saturday 9th March 2019. Check out the videos:…Read More

Il-Qarċilla 2019

Tikka Banda was the main element of live music during the Maltese traditional carnival street theatre performance called “il-Qarċilla”. This performance was directed by Mr Joseph Galea, scripted by Trevor Zahra and supported by Festivals Malta. The theatrical performance took place in St. John Square Valletta, on Saturday 2nd and…Read More

Il-Banda tal-Istrina 2018

Tikka Banda was invited by the Office of the President of Malta to participate for the 3rd cosecutive time during L-Istrina, a 12hr telethon marathon playing throughout the whole marathon as “il-Banda tal-Istrina 2018” being the crowd puller band of the event. The customised band set-up was supported with other…Read More

Meet the beat droppers.

Justin Formosa

B♭ Baritone, Creative Producer

"My dignity for playing music is to make it sound better than we found it."

Josefa Muscat


"Music is life for me! With it I feel alive; without it I feel incomplete."

Luke Vella

Clarinet, Composer, Musical Mentor

"My love for food nurtures my experimentation with different music elements."

Wayne Bonello


"Through music I can express my thoughts and emotions, it motivates me, comforts me and makes me happy!"

Lyden Briffa

Trombone & Euphonium

"A band without a trombonist would be as incomplete as life without music"

Dacian Camilleri


"Dacian is my name and destroying silence is my game!"

Joshua Farrugia


"I play the trumpet as I enjoy being loud as well as the centre of attention!"

Mark Vella

Euphonium, Trombone & Percussion

"Being a musician is just like being a football player, you need to train in order to be good at your sport."

Antoine Schembri


"With music I can play any type of genres therefore, I can express myself more than I can with words."

René Barbara

Tuba & Percussion

"Music is a huge part of my life, it truly fulfils my life."

Emilia Zrinzo Azzopardi

Percussion & E♭ Saxophone

"My passion for rhythm makes me keep on drumming."

Dylan Camilleri


"I love that I can amuse people through music, it's a huge satisfaction!"

Aidan Borg


"An energetic young musician, with a passion for martial arts and history."

Clayton Gomez Blanco


"It's not just about keeping up the tempo… It's about creativity and good vibes!"

Alan Saliba

Sousaphone & Tuba

"I followed in my dad's footsteps by playing the tuba and in my opinion it is the base of any musical ensemble."

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