Montana Manouche is a Bozeman-based Gypsy Jazz quartet that plays music in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France. The group began in 2012, when Bozeman bluegrass musicians Ray Padilla (rhythm guitar) and Nancy Padilla (violin) started getting together to play Gypsy Jazz tunes with Livingston jazz guitarist Dave Sullivan. Their casual "just for fun" jamming led to local gigs. They became passionate about learning the style, attending many Gypsy Jazz events and workshops. Now a quartet, with Bozeman jazz bassist Mike Carey adding his great groove to the group's swinging sound, Montana Manouche enjoys an active performing schedule. Past performances include the Big Sky Gypsy Jazz Festival, Rialto Bozeman, concerts, weddings, swing dances and corporate events. The band plays a few original tunes, but their repertoire consists mainly of the compositions of Django Reinhardt and his American contemporaries.