Alpine Thunder Participates In Hofbrauhaus Octoberfest WGN Show

On Saturday, October 14th, WGN created a video segment  that was aired in the morning and shown at length on their 5PM and 10PM televised shows.  Hofbrauhaus personnel were interviewed and Alpine Thunder provided the music and alphorn sections.  View the below and enjoy!

Alpine Thunder Participates in 150th Anniversary Collaboration

To celebrate Leinenkugel’s 150th anniversary both Leinenkugel and Hofbräuhaus Munich collaborated to create a dark lager beer style – Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Beer.  Alpine Thunder provided the celebration music at Jesse Oaks in Gages Lake.

Alpine Thunder Performs German Folk Music and Culture Program For High Schools

March 2, 2017

Alpine Thunder performed a German folk music and culture program for the Vernon Hills High School language department.  Last year we accomplished a similar program for the Libertyville High School language department.  The program highlights German folk music, language and culture with active involvement by the students.

Alpine Thunder Offers New Holiday Program

December 1, 2016

Although we often take today’s Christmas celebration customs for granted, most of the so-called “traditional” Christmas practices only date back to the 19th century.   Many of these customs originated in Germany and Austria.  Alpine Thunder will take you on a musical journey through Germany relating German Christmas music,
and, other German folk songs to traditional holiday practices, German culture, language and geography

Alpine Thunder Returns

On October 18th, 2016, Alpine Thunder returned to the Glenview Public Library for their 10th year performance.  Each year we perform our Oktoberfest Cultural Program where we reference German Oktoberfest culture and geography to the music performed at this time.  This time we had Alpine Thunder perform as a quintet with three alphorns.  Prost Oktoberfest! Prost Glenview Public Library for making this happen!

Alpine Thunder Adds Third Alphorn

Starting January of 2016 Alpine Thunder has added a third alphorn – Alphorn Thunder!

Three alphorns allow us to get fuller and more interesting sounds as well as an impressive visual factor.  This group can perform with the Alpine Thunder band or can be used as an independent ensemble for special events.

Alpine Thunder – WGN Morning Show

Wednesday September 16th: Alpine Thunder appears on the WGN Morning Show for the 30th annual Berghoff Oktoberfest with Ana and the Around the Town segment.  It was a fun session with Ana as she played alphorn with the band.

Schaumburg Sister City Celebration

We are looking forward to the celebration of Schaumburg, Illinois, USA, acknowledging their heritage, the county of Schaumburg, Germany.  Many of the original settlers were from this German county.  Alpine Thunder will be performing a cultural program integrating German geography and culture with German folk music.  The date is Wednesday, June 24th, at the Schaumburg Public Library from 7-8:15PM.  View our Show section on our web site for more details.

Alpine Thunder Adds Second Alphorn

Starting in Oktoberfest 2014 we have added a second alphorn to our musical instrument capabilities. Gut Holz – Besserere Stimmung!

Hofbräuhaus and Alpine Thunder in the World Media

New Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Jes Rau’s German Times published an article entitled “In Chicago Stands A Hofbräuhaus,” by Gunter and Mary Nitsch. The article discussed many of the wonderful characteristics of the Hofbräuhaus and also featured a photo of Ken and Gabe as the entusiastic Alpine Thunder House Band.