Mississippi Schwingen!

Grab your Leiderhosen and get ready to flap your wings....Germanfest is almost here! Just when you think you've seen it all...Mississippi Swing! and the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band team up  to tranform themselves into Mississippi Schwingen! - quite possibly  the largest organized German Oompah Band in the state! The 20-30 member group performs authentic German classics!  The event takes place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Gluckstadt, MS. Take I-55 to Exit 112 and go west 0.3 miles on Gluckstadt Road. The event is from 11-5. Showtime for Mississippi Schwingen!? 3PM. The event is a blast - complete with authentic German food, horse drawn wagon rides, games for the kids, country store,  free parking and admission. Meal tickets are $5 in advance and $6 on the day of the festival. Advance meal tickets are available from parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Ticket information is also available by calling the parish office at (601) 856-2054.
Chicken Dance!!!

Germanfest 2018!

The MCSB Oompah Band Mississippi Schwingen! performed for its 12th year at Germanfest!

The MCSB Oompah Band Mississippi Schwingen! performed for its 12th year at Germanfest!

It was another great year for the MCSB Oompah Band Mississippi Schwingen! 24 musicians volunteered  for this year's performance at Germanfest:
 
 Trumpets: David Battaly, Stephen Buccola, Stephanie Lofton, Andy Johnson, Scott Britton, Jeff Carter,  Chris Nail
Trombones: John Retherford, Silas Murray, Jay Bennett
Baritones: Mike Nash, Addison Black
Alto Horn: Trey Bennett
Altos: Barbara Cox , Jim Crosthwait
Clarinets: Tom Riley, Elizabeth Schommer, Cathy Wilson, Christine Campbell, Bob Harrison, Veronica Smith
Tuba: Rayford Woodrick
Drums: Lindy Harris
Director: David Schommer 
 
It was the MCSB Oompah Band's 12th year performing for the event.
 

Tunes included: Narrhalla-Marsch, Ein Prosit, Buttenmarsch,Helau, Helau, Die Stimmungskanonen, Bexbacher Marsch, Die tollen Tage, Der treue Husar Marsch, So ein Tag so wunderschon wie heute, StraBenfasching, Karneval am Rhein, Ein Hoch den Narren,In Muchen Steht Ein Hofbrauhaus,Dance Little Bird (Chicken Dance), Eidelweiss,Too Fat Polka, Pennsylvania Polka,  and Beer Barrel Polka!

Before and after the performance, musicians chowed down on free kabobs, brats, sauerkraut, and pork chops - compliments of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

A special thanks goes to all who participated and David Battaly for serving as our song announcer.
 

Germanfest 2017!

The 2017 performance of Mississippi Schwingen! was a tremendous success! Twenty-Five musicians strong, this year's Oompah Band included:

Trumpets: Lloyd Turner, Andy Johnson, Jeff Carter, Scott Britton, Stephanie Lofton, and Stephen Buccola
Altos: Barbara Cox, Jim Crosthwait, and Seth Garrett
Tenor: Maurice Hillman
Clarinets: Tom Riley, Elizabeth Schommer, Cathy Wilson, Elizabeth L.
Trombones: Richard Tanner, John Retherford, Jay Bennett, Silas Murray, Mike Weidick
Alto Horn: Trey Bennett
Tuba: Rayford Woodrick
Drums: Lindy Harris
Keyboard: Elizabeth Schommer
Accordion: Peyton Sowers

Director: David Schommer

Tunes included: Narrhalla-Marsch, Ein Prosit, Buttenmarsch,Helau, Helau, Die Stimmungskanonen, Bexbacher Marsch, Die tollen Tage, Der treue Husar Marsch, So ein Tag so wunderschon wie heute, StraBenfasching, Karneval am Rhein, Ein Hoch den Narren,In Muchen Steht Ein Hofbrauhaus,Dance Little Bird (Chicken Dance), Eidelweiss,Too Fat Polka, and a rousing rendition of the Beer Barrel Polka! Brian Johnston provided a harmonica solo performance of tunes he learned as a child in Germany.

Before and after the performance, musicians chowed down on free kabobs, brats, sauerkraut, and pork chops - compliments of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

A special thanks goes to all who participated and Mike Oliver for serving as our announcer again, this year!

 



 

Germanfest 2016!