Bavarian Oompah band brings a taste of Oktoberfest to Lufkin

Bavarian Oompah band brings a taste of Oktoberfest to Lufkin

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Oompah band from Bavaria, Germany arrived in Angelina County today. Wulfershauser (wool-fer-sa-ser) plays traditional music with their brass instruments as well as modern hits.

The band was welcomed to East Texas by the mayor of Lufkin this afternoon.

A member of Angel of Joy Lutheran Church who is originally from Germany reached out to Wulfershauser's sponsor in hopes to bring a taste of Oktoberfest to Lufkin.

"In the e-mail, I said, 'Send me maybe an accordion player, and while you're at it, why don't you send me a whole Oompah band?'" Inge Geye, the pastor's wife, said.

Karl-Heiz Schmitt, the band's sponsor thought the e-mail was a joke at first.

"I read this email, and I knew it was a joke, but I thought, 'Why not?'" Schmitt said. "We have such a famous and talented band in our neighbor village. I will ask them."

Wulferhauser will be performing at an Oktober Fest event in the parking lot of the Angel of Joy Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cloggers from Susan's Dance Studio will dance to the band's music at 1 p.m. The church is located at 4003 Daniel McCall Drive, or across from Angelina College's side entrance.

Many of the band members have never been to the United States but are thrilled to show and share their culture with East Texans.

"It's very special for us and special for me because I'm a first time in the U.S.A.," Marco, the band's leader, said. "We are excited, and we hope all have fun to listen to our music."

The band has become very popular in Bavaria, Germany and as well as other countries.

"We play all over Germany," Marco said. "On parties and on Saturday evening from 8 o'clock 'til 1 o'clock in the night, and we have been also this year in Spain and in Turkey."

Wulfershauser is an Oompah band that plays foot stomping, knee slapping tunes.

"It's a traditional Bavarian band," Geye said." Lots of brass, and they do play traditional Bavarian music, but not exclusively. They also play modern hits just with the instruments they have and that sounds really great, too."

Inge is thrilled that the band has traveled to Texas to play, but she's a little worried.

"I am very excited, but I'm also very nervous because I don't know how the community will receive such an ethnic-important Bavarian festival like that. So, I'm just looking forward to it and take it as it comes."

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