The Toad Creek Ramblers perpetuate old time musical traditions.
They play a variety of instruments, including fiddle, banjo,
guitar, autoharp, and bass. They specialize in old-timey, folk,
country, gospel, bluegrass and hoedown music.
The Toad Creek Ramblers ARE:
Bob Pongracz, or
Dave Kline, or
They can be booked for all kinds of affairs, from private barn
dances to public festivals.
Keith is an expert on Pennsylvania German music, dance, instruments,
and folklore. He plays a variety of string instruments, tells
some of the world's best stories and jokes, and does lively kid's
shows. He calls and teaches hoedowns, and leads the Toad Creek
Ramblers (who play an even greater variety of instruments, as
there are more of them.)
At Christmas, he IS the Belsnickel, the Pa. German Santa Claus.
Half the band for half the price! More jokes and stories
with autoharp, guitar, and banjo or fiddle. Almost too much fun
for only two guys!
PA Dutch Music and Folklore
From mostly educational to mostly entertaining, see
and hear in person the music, instruments, and dance of the Pennsylvania
Germans, using guitar, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, banjo, spoons,
nose flute (?), and a few others. Edification, entertainment, and
amazement with stories and songs.
Have a private or public hoedown/square dance/barn
dance with live music (or CD). Simplified instructions to complex
dances, small or large groups, good in school programs.
The PA Dutch Santa Claus, a mean and cranky old guy, with switch
and a bag of goodies. Just like they did it in the good old days,
spoken in PA Dutch (with English translation.)
Heavy on the acting, light on the humor.
Can also include a reading of the hilarious PA Dutch "Night
Before Christmas" (in English), and/or a reading of the ORIGINAL
translation of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," in
PA Dutch, done in 1880 Reading.
Lively songs and stories for kids young and old. Old
and new songs, easy to hard, some you'll never forget. Accompanied
on banjo, autoharp, guitar or a cappella Kids love the songs, adults
love the humor.
We can customize a program to include all or any of
the above in a age/grade/educationally appropriate manner. (Did
we mention Keith is also an experienced School Teacher?)
What folks are saying!
a middle school guidance counselor I would recommend Keith Brintzenhoff
to any school. He is filled with enthusiasm and fun. We found
his program age appropriate and completely student centered.
Middle schoolers respond to his upbeat attitude and can easily
follow his square dance "calls." Everyone came away
from his assembly with a smile -- students and teachers alike!"
KAMS Guidance Counselor
Brintzenhoff has been participating in Colonial Day each year...
His presentation keeps the children actively involved... Often
times the day after the students will share how much they liked
his presentation. I enjoy (it) just as much as the children
do because he relates to them so well and makes our Pennsylvania
history interesting to everyone."
Richmond Elementary School
Fleetwood Area School District
Brintzenhoff is an expert on Pa. German music, instruments,
and dance. Not only can he explain and relate information about
them, but he can sing,play,and dance, wherever appropriate.
He is very entertaining, as well as informative.He is fluent
in the language itself, and well-versed in the culture, customs,
and folklore. He can present a variety of related programs,
all of which are accurate, interesting, and educational."
director emeritus, Pa. German Cultural
Heritage Center at Kutztown University
Professor of History, emeritus
that was great!"
Don Yoder, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Professor emeritus (after
a program on the Seminar
Stage at the Kutztown Pa. German Festival,July,2003)
"I have been directly involved in education for more than 30 years and Mr. Brintzenhoff does a job that is both unique and professional. He is an adept caller at sqaredancing, and he too is a trained educator. The uniqueness of his performance is special, and it is special because it maximizes student participation. I have been to nearly every kind of cultural, academic, musical, artistic, athletic, and social event held at public schools, and never have I seen so much positive enthusiasm and willingness to participate on the part of the student body."
Kutztown Middle School Teacher and
Former High School Principal
"Mr. Brintzenhoff's knowledge of the dialect and his varied array of instruments is second to none. He puts on quite a show, one of wit, entertainment and lore."
Kutztown Area Historical Society
"We have used Keith and his band (Toad Creek Ramblers) on many occasions. They present a terrific show with a variety of music. He and his group are wonderful entertainers."
President Of Large
PA German Lodge
"Keith is a terrific Belsnickel! His authentic costume, props and Pennsylvania Dutch accent made his performance real to my third graders. They were surprised, amused and even a little scared when he entered the room with his bag of treats and his switch demanding to know who had been bad and who had been good. The children really enjoyed his characterization."
Grade 3 Teacher,
"For years, Keith Brintzenhoff has entertained the students at Rockland Elementary with upbeat musical programs. His unique sense of humor and sing-a-longs totally engage the students. We always welcome opportunities for Keith to come to Rockland!”