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 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!

Twenty local musicians braved the very high temperatures to create the largest oompah band in the state for this year's Germanfest, in Gluckstadt. The band sounded great! Great teamwork helping pick up afterward - much appreciated!
 
Oompah Band 2016

Trumpets: Lloyd Turner, Andy Johnson, Stephanie Lofton, Stephen Buccola, Jeff Carter and Scott Britton
Tenor: Jim Logan
Altos: Barbara Cox and Jim Crosthwait
Clarinets: Tom Riley, Cathy Wilson, Elizabeth Schommer, and
*Bobby McClellan
Trombones: Richard Tanner,  John Retherford, Jay Bennett
Piano(Accordian): Elizabeth Schommer
Alto Horn: Trey Bennett
Drums: Lindy Harris
Tuba: Rayford Woodrick
Bandleader: 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!
 
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!

Germanfest 2015!

The MCSB Oompah Band Mississippi Schwingen! celebrated its 9th performance at Germanfest with a 24 piece band! A special thanks goes to Ella Deffner from Holy Savior Parish for serving as our song announcer this year! Selections included: Narrhalla-Marsch,  Ein Prosit,Buttenmarsch,Helau, Helau,Der treue Husar Marsch, Die tollen Tage, Bexbacher Marsch, Die Stimmungskanonen, StraBenfasching, Karneval am Rhein, Ein Hoch den Narren, So ein Tag so wunderschon wie heute, In Muchen Steht Ein Hofbrauhaus, Dance Little Bird,Eidelweiss,Too Fat Polka,and Beer Barrel Polka!

Germanfest 2014!

Celebrating 8 years of performing at Germanfest (2012 was rained out), the 2014 Oompah Band had approximately 20 volunteer musicians. We added 2 new charts this year to our repertoire: The Pennsylvania Polka and In Heaven There is No Beer! A special thanks goes to all of our outstanding volunteer musicians as well as Mike Oliver, who served as song announcer again this year. See ya next year!

Germanfest 2013!

Celebrating its 7th year performing at Germanfest (2012 was rained out), Mississippi Schwingen! entertained the crowd with authentic German Oompah Band music! Quite possibly the largest oompah band in the state, the twenty-three musician band was under the direction of David Schommer.  Mike Oliver once again served as M.C. for the band. 
 
2012 Germanfest performance cancelled due to rain
 

Germanfest 2011!

Germanfest 2010! Guten Tag!

Founded in 2006, the Oompah Band Mississippi Schwingen! has become quite a favorite with the local community! Starting with about 14 musicians, the band  grew to a staggering 28 for the 2010 performance at Germanfest! In 2011, 27 volunteers made the performance! Quite possibly the  largest organized oompah band in the state, the band plays original Oompah Band arrangements - ordered straight from Germany! The 2011 performance was the band's sixth straight year at St. Joseph's Germanfest, in Gluckstadt. For 2011, the repertoire  included the favorites - Beer Barrel PolkaThe Chicken Dance, Too Fat Polka and Eidelweiss.  
 
Getting into the Oktoberfest spirit? Thinking about celebrating Oktoberfest at your church? private party? or restaurant? A more streamlined version of the band is available upon request. Contact David Schommer, Bandleader,  at 601-951-9091 for more information...
 
Germanfest Song Announcers
2017: Mike Oliver
2016: David Schommer
2015: Ella Deffner
2014: Mike Oliver

2013: Mike Oliver
2012: Rained Out
2011: Mike Olivier
2010: David Schommer
2009: Mrs. Burns
2008: Fred Mueller
2007: Fred Mueller
2006: Fred Mueller

Support
St. Joseph Catholic Church (2006-present)
Home Depot
(canopies - 2009)

 
Huhntanz! 
 
"This is the type of big oompah band that you will find in Munich."
- German attendee at St. Joseph's Germanfest, 2013

"I used to live in Germany! This band sounds like one of  the real oompah bands in hear in a real German beer garden!"
- Ron Hineman, 2011

"Thank you for your sponsorship of Germanfest! It is because of your generous support that St. Joseph Catholic Church was able to provide a day of good food and fun for the entire family."
- Eileen Keller, Sponsorship Chairman 2011

"The band sounds like the ones you hear at the real Oktoberfest....with a lot of brass."
- Visitor from Germany at St. Joseph's Germanfest, 2009

"Please tell your musicians how much we appreciate them bringing authentic German music to our community...they sound great!"
Guest, Taste of St. Francis, 2009

"I had so many compliments about your group...how fabulous and fun! Thank you so much!! Please let everyone know how much they are appreciated and much everyone enjoyed them...Many thanks!"
Judy Sudduth, Minister of Music, Taste of St. Francis, 2009

"The band sounds great!....sounds "real" ...like a band you might hear at the Oktoberfest in Germany."
          
- Visitor from Germany at the Taste of St. Francis, 2008




 

Germanfest 2009!

About Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest began in 1810 as a royal Bavarian wedding party. It has since become the largest secular celebration on earth, attracting millions of participants annually. Eating, drinking, and dancing feature prominently in the festivities. For many, however, the best part of Oktoberfest is the lively, colorful, and entertaining music performed by the Bavarian Oktoberfest oom-pah band. Consisting mainly of polkas, waltzes, and marches, it is the type of music that can be listened to and enjoyed all year long.
Rudy Von Schnauzer
Official Mascot of
Mississippi Schwingen!

Owner: Elizabeth Koskie-Schommer