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[[caption-width-right:340:Goofy is his own melody, accompaniment, and drummer.]]

->''"Ever seen one pony play ten instruments?"''
-->-- '''Twilight Sparkle,''' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

Say you need some cheerful music to draw attention, but can't find anyone to help you. Then do it yourself!

Some definitions of One-Man Band define it as "being able to play '''two''' or more instruments at once." Others say "'''three''' or more instruments at once," and some purists even define it as "three or more instruments at once while able to remain mobile while cranking out the jams." "At once" is ''definitely'' the real key phrase needing to be emphasized here; while it's true that, through the magic of overdubbing, such musicians as Music/ToddRundgren, Music/{{Prince}}, [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]], and [[Music/FooFighters Dave Grohl]] have played ''all'' the instruments on some of their albums, we wouldn't refer to any of them as {{One Man Band}}s. (In fact, we have [[IAmTheBand another trope entirely about them]].) Of course RuleOfFunny says the more instruments the funnier--and of course they're all badly tuned and played with no sense of melody or rhythm, prone to causing the person stuck in such an arrangement to tumble and get tangled in the resulting mess. Pretty much a DeadHorseTrope these days (except for the very occasional street performer), but a PeriodPiece or HistoricalFiction may still have them as background characters.

Compare with IAmTheBand, where one musician plays each instrument separately and combines the tracks to sound like a full band. Subtrope of StreetPerformer. Contrasts FiveManBand abd FiveBadBand. For a lethal variant see OneManArmy.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': A disappearing, faceless ghost one-man band is one of the many weird things Ataru witnesses in the NonSerialMovie ''Beautiful Dreamer''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjQrA0usWMk Scratchmen Apoo]] in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Doubles with MusicalAssassin.

* Rich Hall did a bit about these, talking about how "playing the guitar and harmonica at the same time is the sign of a [[Music/BobDylan genius]], but as soon as you put some cymbals between your knees for accompaniment..."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The title character of [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/124263/1/songs-uncle-sings/sineva Songs Uncle Sings]] is not only a kindly musician, but also a RetiredBadass.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', the Genie briefly turns himself into a one-man band to celebrate Aladdin's engagement to Jasmine.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* At the beginning of ''Film/MaryPoppins'', Bert is seen operating a one-man band (consisting of an accordion, a bass drum, a bicycle horn and several cymbals, just to name a few instruments).
* While not quite "one man", several ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts feature two of the Stooges practicing performing as a "Two Man Quartet", each playing multiple instruments at once in this manner.
* ''Film/WeeSing in the Marvelous Musical Mansion'' features Andy Bandy Man, a miniature one-man band in a music box that comes to life with a hand motion. [[spoiler: When Aunty Annabella forgets to deactivate him, he becomes jealous of the other music boxes in Uncle Rubato's collection and attempts to add their instruments to his collection of instruments.]]
* El Chinchhinero from ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'' is a one man band and ProfessionalKiller who uses his bass drum as an InstrumentOfMurder. He is part of the CarnivalOfKillers who is sent after the Machine Gun Woman.

* In ''Dead Beat'', Butters of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' constructs a suit to make himself into a One Man Polka Band. [[spoiler: He then proceeds to use it to control ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome zombie Tyrannosaurus rex]]''.]]
* ''Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window'': The titular Totto-chan causes trouble in class when she spots a one-man band under the window of her classroom and calls him over for a performance.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}} We R [[TheIgor Igors]] Diary 2015'' has a bit about a one-man-band who was made "better" by an Igor and can now [[MultiArmedMultitasking play the guitar and concertina simultaneously]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A one-man band once visited ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' and played music with a bass drum on his back, smashing cymbals, a harmonica strapped at his neck, and more.
* ''Series/TheTwoRonnies'' claimed to be the only "Two Man One Band" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m30BwhWhWPs]]
* Christopher Lillicrap as the title character in the 1980s Creator/{{CBBC}} series ''Busker'' had the full one-man band kit including the bass drum on his back, as he told stories outside a railway station.
* The AnimatedCreditsOpening for ''Series/TheMickeyMouseClub'' features WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} as a one-man band.

* Basically the whole point of theatre pipe organs (properly called '[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin unit orchestras]]'). Some church organs, also, especially late 19th/early 20th C. examples.
* Music/RobertJohnson could play melody, rhythm, and bass line on his guitar, stomp his foot to give a drum part, and sing, all simultaneously, acting as a one-man five-piece band.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXMuWi0dUBc Cigo Man Band]] from Croatia. He plays the guitar, tambourine, kazoo, drum, harmonica and bike horn ''as well as singing''!
** He plays all these instruments and is still able to walk around the city squares he performs in!
* Jazz musician Music/RolandKirk would often play three saxophones at once.
* John Schooley & His One Man Band plays guitar and sings while playing the drums with his feet.
* Australian singer/songwriter Xavier Rudd sings, plays slide guitar, didgeridoo and percussion all by himself.
* Ray Davies plays one in the video for Music/TheKinks' song "Do It Again".
* Reverend Beat Man
* ''Music/KidsPraise'': In a supernatural way, Psalty the Singing Songbook himself qualifies, as musical song accompaniments spontaneously start around him when kids near him praise The Lord. A straighter example of this is his Songmobile, a vehicle ''made of'' musical instruments, but [[{{Magitek}} even that still requires]] the user to be praising God for it to work, and interestingly, Psalty said the Songmobile was designed primarily to help ''write'' songs; actually performing them is a secondary purpose.
* Brazilian singer/songwriter/musician Ana Sucha is a mix of this trope and IAmTheBand in her live performances: Before playing each song, she records some instruments' lines/riffs/beats in a foot-controlled sampler. Then, in the song, she plays one or two instruments plus the sampler.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'': "One-man band" is not a bard instrument of choice.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/PixarShorts:
** In a short called ''WesternAnimation/OneManBand'', there are two of these competing with each other.
** In the earlier Pixar short ''WesternAnimation/TinToy'', the eponymous toy is a one-man band. This turns out to be a disadvantage when he encounters a scary baby and tries to hide, because he can't move without playing a tune.
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny did this several times in various WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts, often using his prehensile ears to play additional instruments.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer has a flashback to his teenage years where he played in a one-man band. He had a bass drum on his back, a guitar in his hands and a bicycle horn at his feet, and would sing.
** During a WholePlotReference to ''Mary Poppins'', Groundskeeper Willie played a one-man band in the park, followed by a ShoutOut to the water scene in ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'' as he dumps water on himself while lying back on a chair, still wielding his one-man band paraphernalia.
* Characters attempting to wake up a HeavySleeper are often seen employing a one-man band (after trying BangingPotsAndPans or other loud noises), to no success. Variation: In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes "WesternAnimation/BackAlleyOproar", Sylvester has been keeping Elmer up all night with his loud singing. At one point he lulls Elmer to sleep with a lullabye...and just as Elmer happily drops off, Sylvester jolts him up with a raucous one-man-band routine. Carl Stalling's score then goes hilariously berserk as Sylvester-- still carrying all his instruments-- has to run from a shotgun-wielding Elmer.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Done by [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie Pie]] in the episode "Swarm of the Century". Apparently, music is the best way to get rid of [[ExplosiveBreeder parasprites.]]
** She does it again later on in "Magic Duel" to help Twilight fake a high-level spell in a magical duel. Even weirder, she doesn't have a mouth at this point, so how could she play all of those instruments? [[WeirdnessCoupon Because she's Pinkie Pie.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cellbound}}'' has a lone prisoner forced to perform an imitation of several TV shows, including a concert, which he achieves by effortfully playing several instruments at once, "off-screen".