Oompah Gene Oompah Gene Nikolai, a life long musician has played the Bass Horn since September 1954. During his sophomore year, his mom and dad purchased his first tuba and the rest as they say, "is history"! For 55+ years for those of you counting, Oompah Gene has played in numerous bands, including the family band his sister lead, The Nikolodians, The Don Frodl Orchestra, The PowerHouse Four, The Little People, The Dan Gritzmacher Band, and most recently, The Golden Aces & The Hayes Boys Orchestra.

19 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Don Frodl Orchestra’s Last Song

August 18th, 2010 marked a bittersweet day in the musical adventures of Oompah Gene. On this day, he played for the last time with the Don Frodl Orchestra. The Don Frodl Orchestra has been around for many many years. Don and Jerry Sternitzsky who plays the trumpet along side Don have played together since 1958, […]

03 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Hayes Boys Orchestra at Mosinee

August 3rd, 2010 was not only the day The Hayes Boys Orchestra entertained a crowd at the Mosinee Park with their old time polka music, it was also Oompah Gene’s Birthday. And he celebrated doing what he loves, playing the bass horn. To further celebrate his 70th birthday, his family presented him with a cake […]

02 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Hayes Boys Orchestra at SherryLand Ballroom

Sunday, January 31, 2010 Oompah Gene played with The Hayes Boys Orchestra at SherryLand Ballroom in Sherry, Wisconsin. The video to the right will give you a taste of good old polka music during the ‘barrage’. The ‘barrage’, Oompah Gene’s favorite time of the day or night according to Leader, Tom Hayes, is the last […]