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|Deutscher Musik Verein|
|Brian Papesh Band|
The Cleveland Oktoberfest is thrilled to present, all the way from Germany: Dorfrocker! We’re also excited to announce that for the second time in a row, Dorfrocker has hit the TOP10 of the German album charts with their latest album “Heimat.Land.Liebe.” (Home.Country.Love.)!
Remaining loyal to their rural roots, while at once charting a course for stardom, Dorfrocker’s highly acclaimed predecessor “Wood” (#4) garnered the party rock stars a career boost and plenty of notoriety. With over 1,000 shows in Germany and abroad, more than 100 TV appearances and more than 30 fan clubs, Dorfrocker has cemented themselves as one of the top party bands in the world, and are regulars at the Munich Oktoberfest.
Having made music together since childhood, the three brothers Markus, Tobias and Philipp Thomann hail from Kirchaich, a small village (population 900) near Bamberg, where they still live today. While this small town band may have made it big, the name of their new album still fits their rural roots like a glove: “Heimat.Land.Liebe.” (Home.Country.Love.) Through the success of prior albums, Dorfrocker has proven that their crossover rocky/party sound, mixed with traditional elements and catchy tunes strikes a chord with the masses – whether on national hit TV shows or at major rock festivals. Their sing-along hymn “Dorfkind” is an infectious national party anthem, because as everyone who’s experienced a live Dorfrocker show knows: these guys love nothing more than to make music and have fun with their fans.
Regardless, their primary motive was never fame: “Music is always the focus,” says singer Tobias Klar, “we do not care about being famous. But to stand on stage and play for people who have a great time at our concerts, that’s what we enjoy.” Fortunately for the trio, Dorfrocker’s fan-first focus on entertaining has paid huge dividends. Now in their tenth year, ticket sales are through the roof, most of their gigs are sold out, and their self-organized hometown festival “Village Air” attracts thousands of fans annually. And on social media, their presence is no less impressive. Songs such as “Dorfkind” and “Rowan” have generated well over 5.5 million clicks on their YouTube channel, and their Facebook fanbase is now 130,000 strong—not bad for three brothers from a village of 900.
On “Heimat.Land.Liebe.,” Tobias, Markus and Philipp keep the party going, by continuing to churn out hit after hit. Take a listen and you’ll know why, as it’s hard not to tap your feet when you hear good-mood crackers like, “Until the Baker Opens,” “I Think My Glass Has a Hole” or the funny-crazy, “Not Completely Normal.” Even fans with more modern rock sensibilities will love numbers like, “Let it Stay that Way” and “Silent Heroes.”
Whether it’s toe-tapping polkas for an Oktoberfest, Big Band Swing, or a Caribbean Party atmosphere, The Klaberheads (aka the Franz Klaber Orchestra or FKO) are one of the premier Oktoberfest big bands in the country.
The Klaberheads are known throughout the midwest as a consistent crowd pleaser. It’s a reputation that Erika Klaber’s grandfather, Franz, a German immigrant, began building when he founded the orchestra in 1930. And, it’s one that’s earned The Klaberheads invitations to perform at Epcot Center, Munich’s popular Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Kentucky, and myriad other venues. They especially enjoy playing yearly at the major Oktoberfests in the midwest, including Cincinnati, Columbus, and Minster, and now, Cleveland! The high demand for The Klaberheads can be traced to their top musicianship and their ability to achieve a high-energy connection with their audiences.
The FKO Big Band performs at all types of venues… from conventions, to summer concert series, wedding receptions, parties, and dances. They play tunes from a wide variety of musical genres and appeal to listeners of all ages.
deutscher musik verein
Oktoberfest is excited to present Deutscher Musik Verein (or auf englisch, the German Music Society) of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Deutscher Musik Verein is a 25-piece German brass band, under the direction of award-winning musician and band leader Fred Ziwich. Beyond orgainzing a wonderful band, Deutscher Musik Verein has done exceptional work as an organization–its mission being to preserve and celebrate German musical heritage and culture.
chardon polka band
What happens when teenage accordion players aren’t allowed in marching band? They start a polka band. That’s the story of teens Dan O’brien, Dan Sutts, Paul Coates, Mike Lewis, Cody Garret, and Jake Kouwe, who nine years ago launched "The Chardon High School Polka Band." Long hair, torn jeans, chuck taylors, and a blue mohawk may not be what you’d expect from your average polka band, but there was nothing average about these outcasts from Chardon. With their relentless energy, musical skill and off-the-wall sense of humor, they were destined to reinvigorate the genre.
fred ziwich & the intl. sound machine
Nominated for a Grammy in 2007, Fred Ziwich of North Olmstead, Ohio, is one of the seminal musicians in the world of polka. If he were said to have an emphasis, it would likely be the Slovenian style.
Well grounded musically, Fred has earned a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree from Indiana University. His own award-winning band–the International Sound Machine–has produced numerous recordings since its inception in 1977.
The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame has honored Ziwich on multiple occassions with Musician of the Year, Button Box Musician of the Year, and Recording of the Year honors.
In addition to receiving numerous awards, Fred has worked as a studio musician and has shared the stage with such well-known musicians as Hank Haller, Don Lipovac, and Adam Barthalt.
In 1958, the Cleveland Society of Danube Swabians’ Brass Band & Posaunenchor was founded by Peter Glatt and Reverend Horst Hoyer. Songs performed consisted primarily of waltzes, polkas, and marches.
The band often played at the Banater Club, Sachsenheim Club, and Gottscheer Club, and after six years, the band had grown to forty-four members. At that time, Glatt entrusted the band to Edmund Siefert and Hans Franz.
In 1967, the Cleveland DSB was invited to perform at the Bundesmusikfest in Sindelfingen, Germany, taking first place honors for an unforgettable performance of Sousa’s “Washington Post.” 156 brass bands were in attendance, and the DSB performed a total of forty-seven concerts in just sixteen days.
Richard Reuding and Hans Noel subsequently took over, as the DSB toured Canada and later performed in Los Angeles. The band continued onward and upward with Peter Weber. Then, under the direction of Ralph Rehner and Michael Rehner, the band booked a luxurious cruise ship tour of the Caribbean Sea, including performances in the Dominican Republic, San Juan, and Saint Croix.
Continued success followed under the direction of Robert Kozy, Jack Hack, Michael Sifferman, Ed Seifert, Paul Psota, Matt Niessen, and Michele Esper. Most recently, Roger Radke and John McClellan have organized performances in Detroit, Sandusky, Sharon, and Windsor, as well as local venues such as the Akron Zoo, All Pro Freight Stadium, Altenheim & Shurmer Place, Amherst German Fest, Canal Park, Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest, Cleveland Maennerchor, Cleveland World Festival, German Central Oktoberfest, German Cultural Garden, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Heimatland Oktoberfest, Hofbräuhaus Cleveland, John Carroll University, Lenau Park Sommer Oktoberfest, Olmsted Falls Heritage Days Festival, Parker Hannifin, and Sandusky Oktoberfest.
As the Cleveland DSB enters into its 58th year, under the direction of Julie Williams, the traditions of Danube Swabian brass bands continue as the DSB performs long standing waltzes, polkas, and marches. Special thanks to all who have supported the Cleveland DSB, past and present!
The Gottscheer Blaskapelle was founded in 1969 by Edmund Seifert and began with 5 musicians, who immediately started building a repertoire of Austrian-style brass band music. With the support of parents, relatives and friends, the Blaskapelle thrived and was comprised of over 30 musicians by the early 1970s. Mr. Seifert served as the group’s president and director for approximately 40 years. Al Widmer, who has been with the band since its early days, is its current musical director.
brian papesh band
The Brian Papesh band has performed at many private parties, weddings, dances, and community events throughout greater Cleveland and surrounding areas since the 80’s. This seasoned group of professional musicians play a great mix of party music that people love to sing along and dance to. The band can easily switch from playing authentic sounding Rock n Roll, Country, Motown to dynamic sounding Polkas as well as other genres.
The Cleveland Maennerchor has enjoyed a rich history in Cleveland, Ohio. The choir was established in 1967 through the efforts of the Schwaebischer Saengerbund and Heights Maennerchor. The Heights Maennerchor was originally founded in 1873 in the Heights area of the near West Side of Cleveland while the Schwaebischer Saengerbund was first organized in 1885.
The Heights Damenchor was founded in May, 1876. This chorus is probably the oldest surviving Women’s German Chorus in the United States. They may, in fact, be the oldest surviving German Chorus. The suburbs were called the Heights and it was decided to name the group the Heights Frauenbund. Sometime later the name was changed to Heights Damenchor. Many of the directors stayed for a long time and were of German descent.