Oma and the Oompahs had its beginnings at the Bavarian Village
Restaurant and Biergarten in New Braunfels, when unexpectedly one night,
another band was unable to fulfill its commitment.  The timing was perfect,
coinciding with the return of Oma's drumming phenom son, David Smith
from the oil fields of Wyoming and Bobby Owens' return from Air Force
duty.  With encouragement from her musical friends, the one night
performance turned into thirty five years and still counting!

Today, Oma and David continue to play and entertain the crowds with their
quality music and teasing banter.  The man on the tuba is Darvin
Dietert since Bobby was called back into active military service.

Resplendent in their authentic Bavarian-German garb, Oma and the Oompahs add      
a touch of class and fun to every setting, whether small gatherings or large, formal      
or informal!  You can see them performing at German music festivals, in churches      
restaurants and bier gartens, at grand openings and special events!

Oma is indeed an Oma, or grandmother.   She has three children, two
of whom are musical, David and Carol, and one, Gary, who confesses
to playing only the radio.  She has eight grandchildren and three great

She has played music since she was old enough to reach the keyboard
of the family piano.  At age eight, she taught herself to play the
accordion.  Her first professional job was at age 10, playing for
a dance in San Marcos, Texas. Since then, she has played the
French horn, flugel horn, cornet, church organ, banjo and piano.  She's
directed church choirs in Guam, Kansas, and New Braunfels,
all while raising a family.  When not playing with her
Oompahs, she can be seen with the New Braunfels Brass Band, and
with any of a number of her musician friends who need an accordion
player or back up singer!
Oma seen here with her
Oompah son, David
accompanied by their guide,
Fernando on the streets of
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala,
Summer 2005
Oma and her daughter,
Carol Pierce-Davis,
Oma's very own
webmaster in
About Us
Oma playing with the New
Braunfels Civic Orchestra at
the 4th of July Concert on
the Plaza in New Braunfels,
Oma and the
The early days
Oma and the Oompahs entertaining their fans at
the Main Street Festival in Enid Oklahoma.