The Internationals

The Internationals

Dance Music from Everywhere


Aptly named, The Internationals perform music from around the world. Specializing in dance music from Europe - Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia to name a few. The Internationals also perform all the standard dance music from the United States, even including a little "rock and roll." Bob, Steve, Portor and Jan yodel and sing in several different languages. The Internationals combine authentic European costumes and music with American enthusiasm and energy to provide audiences with the best in Musical performance. Bob, the accordionist, and Portor, on drums, began performing together professionally while still in high school in 1967. They went on to win the California Talented Teen contest in 1969. The prize was a recording contract and they cut their first records at Action Recording. Steve, the band's electric bass and tuba player, came to the band in 1973.

With Steve's strong but subtle bass line, the band excelled and developed its unique specialty in polka music. Jan, the band's newest member, born in Holland and fluent in Dutch and German, plays six different horns including his custom-made alphorn. The Internationals have performed on stages all over the world. They have completed two European concert tours in 1987 and 1990 and led the Oktoberfest parade in Munich in 1997, the 600 year anniversary of Spaten beer. In the United States the band has played in Chicago, Denver and Vail Colorado, throughout Florida and in Monterey California, (at the site of the Monterey Jazz Festival), Lake Tahoe as well as the San Francisco Bay area. The Internationals are the nucleus of the Chico Bavarian Band, a 21 piece Oktoberfest style brass band. Don't let the name fool you, the band also plays great "big-band" music from the '30s and '40s. The Internationals currently have three albums available in cassette tape and CD format. The Chico Bavarian Band one. By day the Internationals are a talented group in other fields. Bob works in the financial end of the travel industry. Steve is the mainstay of a large electrical contracting firm. When not behind the drums Portor practices law and checks all the band's contracts. Jan is the CEO of a credit union