The Gootmon Sauerkraut Band
Formed in 1973, The Gootmon Sauerkraut Band has developed into one of the South's finest Bavarian bands. For Oktoberfests, Fashing parties, or special occasions with a German theme or flavor, The Gootmon Sauerkraut Band is the perfect choice. Attired in authentic Bavarian costumes, the group is all set to provide very special entertainment with completely authentic Bavarian music.
From the sounds of the beautiful alpine countries of Germany and Austria to the Tyrolean and Oberkrain waltzes and polkas, the evening will be filled with familiar strains and the special touch of The Gootmon Sauerkraut Band. There will be alphorn playing, yodeling, tuned alpine bells, and even the "singing saw" will be played. All the gusto and fun of an authentic Bavarian beer hall are at your fingertips.
However, the versatility of the group goes far beyond a German theme. This band is also right at home with the Latins, standards, Tex-Mex, country, country & western, etc. Almost everything on the American scene except high energy or hard rock, soul, or funk. So, feel free to book this group for mixed crowds where German music is to be the main theme but other music is needed and wanted.
The Gootmon Sauerkraut Band is a four- to six-piece group consisting of accordion, tuba, guitar, and drums. For bigger functions, clarinet, trumpet, and dancers can be added. The PA utilizes an eight channel Electro Voice mixer, a thirty-two band Alesis equalizer, two Crown power amps, three Electro Voice monitors, and two Klipsch front speakers.
Jerry Goodman is the accordionist and the leader of the band. After placing fourth in the world on the accordion, he went on to acquire his theory and harmony at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1973, he has molded The Gootmon Sauerkraut Band into a truly outstanding Bavarian band that has played to enthusiastic crowds all over the eastern United States.