We are a German Oompah Band. We play a lot of traditional German Oktoberfest style music including many waltzes, marches, and polkas. We also have many original arrangements of less traditional but still popular songs including The Chicken Dance, Super Mario Polka, My Favorite Things, Peanuts, and many more. We provide a light hearted and fun entertainment for all ages. We are an ideal group for festivals, parties, weddings, and restaurants.
Price Range: (phone number hidden)
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
We are an acoustic ensemble, so for small events and restaurants we do not need a full sound system. Especially if we are indoors. We prefer to have microphone provided so we can introduce our songs and read German toasts. A small dance floor in front of our group is nice for audience participation dances (ie: Chicken Dance)
Typically an hour is considered a set. If we are hired for more than one set, we will take breaks each hour to renew our chops. For example, a three hour gig from 5pm-8pm would look like this:
Set 1: 5pm-5:45pm play
Set 2: 6pm-6:45pm play
Set 3: 7pm-7:30pm, 10 min. break, play 7:40-8pm
I started this group based off a group I played with in Boise Idaho before moving to Park City. As an orchestral musician, I loved getting the opportunity to play silly and fun Oompah music every October in restaurants in Boise. After moving to Park City, I decided I might as well start a group here to spread the Oompah fun with my fellow classical musicians! I have truly enjoyed expanding our traditional books with arrangements of songs I think would fit our group and would be audience friendly. Also in this category are songs that I just want to play :). Here is a little info about our members. On occasion, I have to hire a sub, but this is our core ensemble.
Erin Voellinger (me):
Clarinet-Principal Clarinet, Ballet West Orchestra (Former Principal Clarinet, Boise Philharmonic), Substitute clarinetist for the Utah Symphony. Park City High School woodwind technician
Trumpet-My husband (thanks for the German last name honey!) Master is Music Performance, Northern Colorado, Bachelor in Music Performance, Florida State, Member of the Park City Brass Quintet, Lift Mechanic at Park City Ski Resort.
Trumpet- Park City High School Director of Bands, Member of the Park City Brass Quintet, Member of Insatiable Live, Utah Wind Symphony.
Trombone- North Summit High School Director of Bands, Ballet West Orchestra, Utah Symphony substitute.
Tuba- Doctoral Student at the University of Utah, Utah Symphony and Ballet West Orchestra substitute. Park City High School low brass technician.
Additional Booking Notes
-We will need sound equipment provided for large festival environments.
-A space between us and our audience is required to protect ourselves and our equipment from accidents- either created by a stage, or an open space in front of us.
-We play with music stands and will provide our own.
-We prefer to have lighting provided, but can bring stand lights if given advance notice.
-Chairs or an area to sit during breaks are needed
-Heaters if playing outside in cold weather
-Canopy or tent for protection from the elements
Past Booked Events
|September 02, 2017 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm||Snowbird Oktoberfest|
|September 01, 2017 • 5:40pm - 6:10pm||Midway Swiss Days|
Here is a list of our repertoire-
From German Band Encores by Carrol Butts:
Offnen Der Faschen (Open the Keg)
Der Zirkus Marz (The Circus March)
Unterlanders Heimweh (Low Country Nostalgia)
Eine Trinkspruch Zu Alles (A Toast to All)
Muss I Denn? (Do I have to?)
Vergessen Dein Frau (Forget Your Wife)
Haben Manche Schnapps (Have Some Spirits)
Fahren, Aber Tun Nicht Trinken (Drive, But Do Not Drink)
From Hungry Five in Germany by Harry L. Alford:
Die Wacht Am Rheim (The Watch on the Rhine)
Jetzt Gehts Los! (They’re Off)
Um Die Ecke Rum (Around the Corner)
Nacht Leben (Night Life)
Bier Her, Bier Her! (Come on with the Beer!)
Trink Mer Noch A Tropfeche (Have Another Drink)
Kommit Ein Vogel Geflogen (Love’s Message)
From Polka Time by Forrest L. Buchtel:
Clarinet Polka/Jenny Lind Polka Medley
Lindenau/Monopol/Martha Polka Medley
Chit Chat/Thunder and Lightning Galop Medley
Old Comrades March
Gay Vienna March
America The Beautiful
Das Deutschlandlied (German Natl. Anthem)
Schweizerpsalm (Swiss Natl. Anthem)
The Beer Barrel Polka
Linus and Lucy (Peanuts Theme)
My Favorite Things (Sound of Music)
The Lonely Goatherd (Sound of Music)
Super Mario Polka
The Chicken Dance
The Utah Trail (Old Western Classic)
Cantina Band (Star Wars)
Blue Danube Waltz
Too Fat Polka
Star Spangled Banner
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
My list of music to be arranged grows longer even as I finish each new arrangement. I have plans to add the following to our repertoire soon: School fight songs
More Strauss Waltzes
Some well known classical pieces turned into polkas to play off our classical origins as musicians
Popular rock songs I really just want to play-turned into polkas of course.
More German classics from my German favorites piano book.
Influences & Inspiration
We are most similar to a Midwest style German Oom-pah Band. The books we pull our traditional music from are:
Alford's Hungry Five in Germany (1931, out of print) gazebo band style Oom-pah music full of German classics.
German Band Encores by Carrol Butts (1979, out of print) similar to the Hungry Five music, many classic Oktoberfest songs.
Microphone for Speaking
Canopy or tent if outside
Porch heaters if outside and below 60 degrees
Lighting unless given advance notice to bring stand lights
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