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. The event is a blast - complete with authentic German food, horse drawn wagon rides, games for the kids, country store,  free parking and admission.  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.
 

Germanfest Song Announcers

2019: David Battaly

2018: David Battaly

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)

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Clinton (2017-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

Chicken Dance!!!

Germanfest 2019!

Celebrating our 13th year performing at Germanfest!

Celebrating our 13th year performing at Germanfest!

It was another great year for the MCSB Oompah Band Mississippi Schwingen! Twenty-two musicians volunteered  for the 2019 performance at Germanfest:

 

 Trumpets: David Battaly, Stephen Buccola, Andy Johnson, Scott Britton, Chris Nail, Nicholas Hebert

Trombones: Richard Tanner, Silas Murray, Jay Bennett, John Retherford

Baritones: Mike Nash, Jana Riley
Alto Horn: Trey Bennett

Altos: Barbara Cox, Jim Crosthwait

Tenor: Jim Darnell

Clarinets: Elizabeth Schommer, Cathy Wilson, Bob Harrison

Tuba: Thomas Winesett

Drums: Lindy Harris

Director: David Schommer 

 

It was the MCSB Oompah Band's 13th 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, traBenfasching, Karneval am Rhein, Ein Hoch den Narren,In Muchen Steht Ein Hofbrauhaus, Dance Little Bird (Chicken Dance), Eidelweiss, Too Fat 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 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!