We began our story as
Oma and the Oompahs
with Pearly Sowell at the head as Oma accompanied by the Oompahs--
her son, David Smith, on the drums
and friend, Bobby Owens, on the tuba.
For forty years, Oma and the Oompahs
entertained live audiences across Texas,
Oklahoma and Louisiana
and nationally and internationally via
radio and television cable channels.
Oma retired in 2018 at the age of 92 and passed on the baton to her son, David. The Oompahs have grown into a consortium of professional musicians playing together as The Oompahs.
Shirley Johnson, accordion and vocals
Maria Mullins, keyboard, xylophone and vocals
Eddie Brown, sousaphone
David Smith, percussionist and vocals
Our Oktoberfest season music is inspired by the
beauty of traditional German and eastern
European cultures. We provide a
unique blend of talent and excitement
in our polkas, waltzes and ballads.
A versatile band, in the "off season" we play ballroom dance music, Latin, Cajun, country,
rock and roll and more!