Monday, June 26, 2017

Sauerkraut German Band @ Staycation

Towne & Country Players is proud to present the continuing act for the summer series, "Staycation" this Friday, Jun 30th starting at 7pm. The Sauerkraut German Band was organized in September, 1973 by seven civilian and military members of the U.S. Air Force Foreign Technology Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The band has since expanded to 16 musicians, including retired or active duty military and civilian personnel from Wright-Patterson and other professions. Most of the musicians are members of many Dayton area musical organizations.

Although there is no requirement to be of German descent in order to join the band, their authentic Lederhosen and Tyrolean hats, suspenders, knee socks, and bright ties make them appear as if they just arrived from the heart of Bavaria. They play polkas, waltzes, schottisches, marches, and specialty number in traditional "oompah" style along with many of the big band sounds of the '40s and '50s for listening and dancing. They are a very versatile band, which also features many vocal and instrumental solos.

The band was originally named the "Sourkrauts" - a play on words, which emphasized the sour sounds of "oompah" music but after 20 years of explaining why they misspelled the name, they gave in and converted to the conventional spelling of Sauerkraut. Unlike many organization, which are intentionally non-profit, the Sauerkraut Band is a non-profit group on purpose! After paying for music, uniforms, travel and equipment, all the bands remaining funds are annually donated to charities. Since its inception, the band has donated over $96,000 to various Miami Valley and national charities.

We encourage you to stop downtown for some free entertainment, food and adult beverages on Friday night June 30th 7-10pm at your favorite vacation spot, right here at the fountain square in Versailles. (In case of rain, this event will be held at St Denis church basement.)

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