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The typical Galician ensemble is the cuarteto de gaitas
(bagpipes quartet), which is formed by two bagpipers, a bombo
(bass drum) player and a tamboril (tenor drum) player. The
construction and playing of the bass and tenor drums are very
different from the Scottish counterparts. Sometimes a fifth component,
usually a pandereta (tambourin) or another bagpiper is added;
sometimes the bombo player is absent. This ensemble is the
commonly used to play for dance groups or just to make any popular
event more enjoyable.
Before this four players setup were used, the traditional ensemble was
composed by a bagpiper and a tenor drum player. This is nowadays
regarded as a minimal setup. But in any case, if there is only one
bagpipe player, that's better than nothing!
There are some gaita bands, which perform in parades or big reunions.
Usually the members of the bands have some subgroups inside for the
occasions in which the whole band is not needed, or if several
different small quartets are preferred to a big band.