Euro Express Band
Euro Express Band, also known as EEB, is truly a gem in the world of German and Polka music. With their authentic German-American power trio lineup and a repertoire that spans across Europe, they bring the joy of traditional Oktoberfest Musik to audiences year-round, making them a must-see act in the Chicagoland area.
One of the standout features of Euro Express Band is their dedication to preserving and celebrating German-American heritage music. They excel at delivering the lively and vibrant Bavarian music that is often heard at Oktoberfest celebrations. Their ability to capture the essence of this rich musical tradition is what sets them apart from the rest.
What's more, EEB doesn't limit themselves to just one country's music; their repertoire spans the globe, including tunes from Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, and Austria. This diverse range of music showcases their versatility and ability to connect with audiences from various cultural backgrounds.
During the Oktoberfest season, Euro Express Band becomes the life of the party, performing at various Oktoberfest events, private parties, and corporate gatherings. Their energetic and authentic performances have graced events such as the Oakland Park Oktoberfest, German American Club of Antioch, Society of Danube Swabians, and The American Aid Society of German Descendants – Chicago. When EEB takes the stage, you can be sure that the crowd will be on their feet, dancing and celebrating in true Oktoberfest fashion.
Euro Express Band's versatility extends beyond Oktoberfest celebrations. They are available for a wide range of events, including weddings, family reunions, anniversaries, birthday parties, and festivals. This means that whether you're planning a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, EEB can provide the perfect musical backdrop to make your event unforgettable.
Now, let's meet the talented members of Euro Express Band:
John Gunther (Drums, Lead Vocals & Yodeling): John's musical journey began at the young age of 12, and he's been captivating audiences ever since. His self-taught talent shines through as he keeps time for the band on the drums and adds a unique flavor with his yodeling and cowbell skills. With over 50 years of semi-professional experience, John is the heart and soul of EEB's rhythm.
Val Sigal (Accordion): Val Sigal brings a world-class touch to the band with his accordion skills. His musical education at the prestigious Ural State Conservatory and his Master's Degree in World and Classical Music Performance make him a true virtuoso. Val's ability to transport audiences to different cultural landscapes, whether it's French, German, Italian, or American music, is truly enchanting.
Martin Bappert (6 & 12 String Guitars & Vocals): Marty, the guitarist of the group, has been honing his craft since the age of 5. His guitar playing is exceptional, and he has collaborated with various German and American groups throughout his career. His electric and acoustic guitar skills perfectly complement EEB's German style, adding depth and richness to their sound.
Euro Express Band is a musical treasure that brings the vibrant and lively spirit of German and Polka music to audiences of all backgrounds. Their dedication to preserving cultural traditions, their versatility, and the sheer talent of each member make them a standout act in the music scene. Whether you're at an Oktoberfest celebration or any other event, EEB's performances are sure to leave you dancing, smiling, and thoroughly entertained.