Performing with Dan Danish at Sycamore Grille.  "Scotch & Soda" - Poconos edition.  Photo by Dawn Daignault


Taps at a Flag Retirement ceremony.  Photo by Ashley Duncan

John Hoppe

One of the most versatile musicians in the southeast, John Hoppe holds degrees from Brevard College and Mars Hill College. He has performed with groups ranging from symphonic to jazz with many stops in between such as playing Taps for a Flag Retirement Ceremony (photo by Ashlea Duncan).  In addition to trumpet, he sings and plays guitar and percussion instruments and leads his own groups including...

Caricature by Katherine Hosack of Scotch & Soda with a Twist with Don Burts and Pete Cash.

Scotch @ Soda...with a Twist

 Scotch & Soda…with a Twist first performed together April 2, 2013 and have performed steadily since then at clubs, corporate and civic events, concerts, and private gatherings – even so far afield as the Poconos of Pennsylvania, keeping the tradition of  the saloon singers as refreshing as a Scotch & Soda...with a Twist...with Don Burts, keyboard and Pete Cash, bass.  Caricature is by Katherine Hosack.

The Foothills Oompah Band instruments on stage at an Oktoberfest.  Photo by Shannon Stone.

The Foothills Oompah Band

Entering  into our 24th consecutive year, The Foothills Oompah Band  has been accompanying good times with the best in German Festival Band music...and not just for Oktoberfests!    With Matthew Hanna, co-leader, vocals, clarinet; Abe Marsh, tuba; Kemp Williams & Carl Scull, drums, Judd Terrell, by Shannon Stone

All Purpose Grind

Tell us what you're looking for and we can probably provide it for you with our "everything" group All Purpose Grind.  We have performed folk, St. Patrick's Day, '50s,  French America Cafe, British Invasion, Roaring '20s,  Music Around the World, Cabaret, Mardi Gras, swing, and big band music...including our Patriotic Pops concert.  

2018 Performances

The Logo photo from my first trio The Grumpy Old Jazzmen

Thursday, January 25th  5-7pm Scotch & Soda with a Twist @ Summit Hills Awards Banquet - private

Saturday, January 27th 3-6pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Beech Mountain Resort 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, January 31st 12:15-1pm Scotch & Soda with a Twist @ Music Sandwiched In, Spartanburg Main Library

Saturday, February 10th 7-10pm @ Regency @ Palisades Mardi Gras - private event

Wednesday, February 14th Scotch & Soda with a Twist @ Summit Hills Valentine's Day - private 

Saturday, February 17th 5pm This Trumpet for Hire @ Earle Street Baptist Church wedding - private

Wednesday, March 21st 6-7:30pm Scotch & Soda with a Twist + 1 @ Garden House - private

Friday, September 14th 5:30-9:30pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Spartoberfest

Saturday, September 15th 5:30-9:30pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Spartoberfest

Saturday, September 29th 6-10:30pm  Foothills Oompah Band @ Aiken Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 30th 3-6pm Foothills Oompah Band @ 13 Stripes Brewery Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 3rd 4-6pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Cascades-Verdae - private

Thursday, October 4th 6-9pm Foothills Oompah Band @ River Hills Country Club, private

Friday, October 5th Noon - 4:30pm Foothills Oompah Band @ NOMA Square Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 6th 5:30-9:30pm Foothills Oompah Band @ NOMA Square Oktoberfest

Friday, October 12th 6-9pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Hickory Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 13th Noon-3pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Hickory Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 14th 2:30-5pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Hickory Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 18th 6-10pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Cliffs Valley - private

Friday, October 19th 7-10pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Simpsonville Arts Council Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 20th 5:30-9:30pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Rock Hill Old Town Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 21st 6:30-9:30pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Regency @ Palisades

Saturday, October 27th Noon - 4pm Foothills Oompah Band @ Onslow Community Oktoberfest

Site Content

CDs & DVDs

Scotch & Soda...with a Twist and The Foothills Oompah Band have sold out of all of their CDs and DVDs, but the plan for 2018 is for both groups to record again this performance.  If you're interested in either or both of these, check this website throughout the year or send an email and we'll notify you.

This is the cover photo from our Scotch & Soda...with a Twist CD...taken by Kelley Barnett.  I drank the "model".  

"Keeping the Customers Satisfied"

"They are a real crowd pleaser and you will be glad you booked them for your event."

"It reminded me of Christmas at Macy's back when Macy's WAS Macy's"

"What a first class dance band."

"Not only does he make learning fun, but he gave Michael early success with his instrument. This has boosted Michael's self esteem and allowed him to win many awards."

"The music was absolutely beautiful and truly enhanced our ceremony!  It was exactly what we wanted!"

Music Throughout the Year

Valentine's Day: Scotch & Soda with a Twist or All Purpose Grind ("Swing Shift Combo" 9-piece band)

St. Patrick's Day: All Purpose Grind ("Whiskey in the Jar" Irish folk music)

Easter: All Purpose Grind ("A Touch of Brass" brass quintet)

July 4th: All Purpose Grind ("Godfrey Daniels Big Band")

Oktoberfest : The Foothills Oompah Band

Christmas: Scotch & Soda with a Twist or All Purpose Grind ("Touch of Brass" brass quintet)

New Year's Eve:  Scotch & Soda with a Twist

Church Services:  This Trumpet for Hire

Wedding Ceremonies: This Trumpet for HIre or we can add another trumpet to perform your glorious music in 2-trumpet arrangements as "Trumpeters Two"

Wedding rehearsal dinners or receptions:  Scotch & Soda with a Twist or All Purpose Grind ('Swing Shift Combo" 9-piece band)

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