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