Schwarze Schafe Plays Oktoberfest Music
"Schwarze Schafe" is a German oom-pah band which plays at German Restaurants, Parties, Concerts and Oktoberfest Celebrations in New England and New York. The instrumentation is accordion, trumpet, trombone, tuba and drums with vocals in English and German. We teach the audience a few words in German, a couple of German Dances and sometimes have contests like the Black Forest Chocolate Cake Eating Contest, Vogeltanz (Chicken Dance), "Masskrugstemmen," (strong arm contest to see who can hold a liter mug of beer for the longest time). This band is very entertaining and fun. We can play for a small party in your back yard or a larger celebration at a country club, park or church. We encourage the audience to participate in the fun, doing "The Sixteen Days of Oktoberfest", "Schitzelbank", "Hand On My Head", etc. We do some children's songs in German and in English. We are often asked "Where did you get the name for the band". "Schwarze Schafe" means Black Sheep and Black Sheep is the name of Lou Borelli's Dixieland Band. So we must go back and find out why he named his Dixieland Band "Black Sheep Jazz Band". Pappy Boyington, World War II veteran, has always been one of Lou Borelli's favorite heroes. Pappy flew with an American volunteer group "The Flying Tigers" and he later commanded the famous U.S. Marine Corps squadron, VMF-214 (The Black Sheep Squadron). Boyington was awarded the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor by the United States Marine Corps. He led rather an unconventional life and Lou was always fascinated by this incredible man. He always wanted to have a band named in Pappy's honor, so when he started a Dixieland Band, "Black Sheep Jazz Band" became it's name. At the time, Lou's trombone player offered Lou his library of German tunes which he had played at Oktoberfest in Germany. Lou was thrilled and honored to receive this music, so he named his German Band "Schwarze Schafe" which also means Black Sheep.