The Finkelsteiners play Oom-pah for you
By Kathy Edwards McFarland
This Friday, in downtown Denton, Texas, the third annual Oktoberfest on Walnut will
feature one of the most recognized band leaders/drummers around … Ron Fink and the Finkelsteiners, (dressed in Lederhosen, of course) playing traditional German “oom-pah” music from 7:30-9 pm.
This amazing drummer and former University of North Texas Jazz Prof, enjoys history – history of music, more specifically, percussion and drum music, as seen by his involvement with Denton‘s Vintage Jazz Society, his rousing Dixieland band – Ron & the Rowdies, the long-running Sweetwater Jazz Quartet (with Jim Riggs, Neil Slater and Lou Carfa), and Ron & the Finkelsteiners – a traditional German band (the Chicken Dance is in their repertoire.)
Retiring in 2000, Ron began teaching at UNT in 1964 and was one of the first full-time college percussion instructors in Texas. He is the former principal percussionist and timpanist with the Fort Worth Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras, as well as a frequent performer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Ron has also played with the Singapore Slingers, and the illustrious (and only) live rodeo band in the world (until the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo pulled the band’s plug this past year.)
The Vintage Jazz Society takes to the Sweetwater Grill & Tavern patio stage every Spring on Fat Tuesday for one heck of a fun New Orleans Mardi Gras party, playing Dixieland in ensemble groups, but always with Ron on his wonderful vintage drum kit. “Vintage drums, vintage cymbals, lovin’ it. Takes an older drummer to figure out how to set all this up.” Ron stated in a Facebook comment.
Bookending Ron and the Finkelsteiners at Oktoberfest on Walnut – Denton Road, a Fort Worth Indie Rock band – playing 5:30-7 pm; and The Holler Time, a Denton-Gainseville Country Rock Americana band – playing from 9:30-11 pm.