The Edelweiss Band has been performing traditional Bavarian and Oktoberfest music in the 'DMV' (DC/MD/VA) since 1969, delighting audiences, young and young at heart, with a variety of music, including polkas, waltzes, Biergarten favorites, and pop/cover tunes. Our vocal arrangements are primarily sung 'auf Deutsch' and frequently include yodeling. All of our programs are performed with an attention to detail and authenticity.
Notable performances in the last few years include Grand Carnavale at Kings Dominion (VA), The Washington Nationals, The Baltimore Orioles, Town of Berlin (MD) Oktoberfest, and Das Best Oktoberfest (Baltimore, MD). We have also performed for a number of restaurants and breweries - Bavarian Inn (Shepherdstown, WV) and Barley Naked Brewery (Stafford, VA) - as well as for our service members at Joint Base Andrews (MD).
The origins of The Edelweiss Band can be traced back to 1969 when Lothar Steschner (1935-2018) had the vision and drive to begin playing Bavarian music on his accordion in the Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Wheaton, Maryland. Eventually, Lothar, originally from Cologne, Germany, teamed up with his friends, Roland Zeender from Switzerland and Rainer Wetzling from Stuttgart, to form The Edelweiss Band. The three sang in native German, developed a large following, and the original Edelweiss Band was born.
In 2011, Lothar retired and turned The Edelweiss Band over to the capable hands of Bill Weinig (drums) and Brian Priebe (baritone / trombone / alpenhorn / vocals). In addition to his talents as a musician, Brian organized the music, created and revised arrangements to meet the needs of the band, and directed the performances from the bandstand. Bill's vision for providing high quality traditional Bavarian music led him to hire the best musicians, cultivate relationships with a number of repeat clients, and hold The Edelweiss Band together with his tasteful drumming.
The Edelweiss Band will continue to provide quality entertainment for our friends and fans of German music in 2022 under the leadership of Rob White and Brian Priebe. The band consists of five pieces - baritone, trumpet, accordion, tuba, and drums - however, there is a 'trio version' that is available for specific occasions.
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