The Alpiners, in their authentic “Lederhosen” costumes, have many specialty acts including a Cowbell Ringer, nine foot long Swiss Alphorns, an Austrian fife and drum trio, unusual tuba, trumpet player, gypsy violin performer, and mandolin solo performers. The band members perform authentic Bavarian slap-dance and other folk dances, not to mention the famous Schnizelbank and the German Bird Song! They bring with them sing-a-long sheets, and perform an exciting march-around the audience. They can also add German and Austrian singers and yodelers, if desired.
The Alpiners have performed for many events in other states, such as: the Bi-Centennial Festival in Washington, D.C. for the Smithsonian Institution, the week-long Austrian Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, twelve years of the week-long Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, Michigan; in Helen, Georgia for their annual Oktoberfest; in Champaign for the University of Illinois Homecoming, for Germanfests at the D.A.N.K. Haus in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Davenport, Iowa, Lake Geneva, and for the big German Sommerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In the Chicago area, they have played for the Mayor’s Office at Chicago’s Civic and Cultural Centers for many years. They have made the 3-day Oktoberfest in the Pheasant Run Lodge in St. Charles an exciting event for the past 10 years and have performed many times at most of the shopping centers and malls in the area. They entertained at Hans’ Bavarian Lodge; McCormick Place, Hilton and Hyatt Hotels; the Marriott Lincolnshire; the Northern Chalet; the Ritz Carleton and Westin Hotels; at Wrigley Field for the soccer championship, and at travel shows to name a few. They have been on radio and television as well.
This versatile group also does many other “theme” type programs in authentic costumes such as: Hawaiian, Italian, Scandinavian, Swiss, French, Irish, Polish, Dixieland, Country-Western, Hungarian, Viennese, and “Around the World” shows. They also are popular for weddings, parties, dances, and anniversaries.