Odessa, Washington became a community of predominantly Germans, emigrating from Russia to the USA in the late 1800's and into the early 1900's.
In 1971 the Odessa Chamber of Commerce decided to try a community festival celebrating this German heritage; thus, giving birth to the "Odessa Deutschesfest." What started as a simple idea has grown into an area-wide celebration, hosting thousands of visitors with locally made German foods and around-the-clock entertainment.
A big part of the success of the festival was the formation of a German Band, named the "Oom Pa's and Ma's," specializing in polkas and waltzes. In 1971, the first band consisted of 9 members and played before a packed Bier Garten. The band has grown to as many as 27 members playing for thousands of listeners and dancers yearly. The band consists of both local and regional musicians; some traveling great distances from their communities- Over the years, 75 different musicians have been a part of the "Oom Pa's and Ma's." Many long minutes of practice are held every year to prepare for the "Fest". Business people, farmers, teachers, home makers, etc., put on their musical hats and meet in Odessa to hone their instrumental skills. The "Oom Pa's and Ma's" have played internationally and for numerous community fairs, festivals and special events.
Thank you for your purchase and enjoy!! And don't forget the band's motto: "If you think we're not sounding very good, HAVE ANOTHER BEER!!"
THANK YOUS; To The Odessa Chamber of Commerce for their continued support / To All past and present band members who graciously donate their time / To All the band members who travel to Odessa from surrounding communities / To All the Chicken dancers who claw and fight over worthless prizes / To Our families who are left behind as we claw our way to stardom!! "Ein Prosit" to those band members who have passed on before us. / CREDITS / Recorded and Mixdown at Mystical Flight Studios by Mark Crawford, Moses Lake, WA. / (509) 765-3197 / Production assistance by Clark and Del (Blame us for the mistakes. We can handle it!!) / Manufactured and printed by Disc Makers, Fremont, CA, U.S.A.