About Us

Now in our 22nd continuous year of performing!

Matthew Hanna, clarinetist and vocalist, co-owner and web master has been with the band since 2006. He is classically trained, performs free-lance and is former principal clarinetist with the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra. As both an IT manager and owner of Harmony Creek Studio, it is natural that he handles the sound and is the band’s web master. His rendition of Clarinet Polka is always a crowd favorite.

John Hoppe, trumpeter and vocalist, co-owner and musical director joined the band in 2007. He holds a Music Degree in Trumpet Performance and his versatility extends from classical to pop to folk to jazz. He plays and teaches freelance and leads his own musical entities including the standards trio Scotch & Soda with a Twist and the “whatever you need” combo All Purpose Grind. Being a former radio announcer at WFBC, WESC, and WMUU, he feels comfortable being the band’s emcee.

Kemp Williams, the founder of the Foothills Oompah Band in 1996, is still going strong at 95 years young, has attended jazz cruises and Banu Gibson’s New Orleans Jazz Camp (where recently he was Grand Marshall!) He keeps the band going with his drums, his infectious spirit, and his occasional and enthusiastic vocal contributions.

Abe Marsh, tuba player, joined the band in 2014. With his tuba he puts the Oomp into the Oompah Band sound. As well as tuba, Abe plays string and electric bass, classical, rock, and jazz. He is Band Director at Greenville Tech Charter High School and a member of Jericho Brothers Band.

Carl Scull, drums, joined us in 2017 as co-holder of the drum chair. Prior to that he was Kemp’s substitute. Carl enjoys theatre, including assisting medical students’ diagnostic skills by portraying an ill patient, so if at any time you see him and he doesn’t appear well to you, he might be ok, just Method Acting. Carl is a mainstay of the Senior Band.

Judd Terrell, keyboard, is our newest member. He is a multi-instrumentalist, composes, and arranges music. A graduate with a Music Degree from USC-Columbia, he has taught music lessons and played in a wide variety of musical groups including The O’Kaysions and the Royal Scotsmen.

IN MEMORIUM: Al Mulle, accordionist, completed his 13th year with the band in 2016. Along with his accordion prowess, he was a mult-talented multi-genre instrumentalist, arranger, story teller, and former band leader who majored in Music at Hunter College and shared his knowledge with his students at his own A&M Music Studio. Al lost his battle with cancer in April, 2017. RIP Big Al.

RESTURANTS
Rheinland Resturant Oktoberfest / Charlotte, NC
Berliner Kendle Resturant Oktoberfest Blackmountain, NC
Waldhorne Resturant Oktoberfest, Pineville, NC
Julia's German Stammtish, Columbia, SC

FESTIVALS
COMPANIES & CLUBS
Spartanburg International Festival
BMW Manufacturing Company
Spartanburg Spring Fling
Grausch Corporation, Hickory NC
Hickory, NC Oktoberfest
Beverage Air Corporation
Hickory, NC International Fest
The Piedmont Club of Spartanburg
Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest, Helen, GA
The Commerce Club of Greenville
Newberry SC Oktoberfest
The Cliffs of Glassy Country Club
Greer SC, Oktoberfest
The Cliffs Valley Country Club
German American C of C of SC Bierfest
The Cliffs at Walnut Creek
UNC Asheville Oktoberfest
The Country Club of Spartanburg
Fall for Greenville
Carolina Country Club of Spartanburg
Artisphere, Greenville
Holly Tree Country Club
Fayetteville, NC Oktoberfest
Mountain Air Country Club, Burnsville NC
The Music Foundation of Spartanburg
Carmel Country Club , Charlotte NC
Oktoberfest Music
The Poinsett Club, Greenville
Chattanooga, TN Oktoberfest