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Die Musikmeisters German Band just completed their busiest performance season ever in 2018!  We are booking dates now for 2019 and 2020!!  Die Musikmeisters Band is available as a duo, trio, four, five or six piece band and even a larger seven, eight or nine piece ensemble. Die Musikmeisters are available to play for Oktoberfest festivals, private parties, corporate events, parades, marketing events and clubs. Please visit our Musikmeisters page for more information, as well as audio and video samples.

Mike Knauf Jazz Bands and Park Avenue Orchestra are booking dates now for 2019 and 2020 for weddings, parties, clubs, festivals and other events.   Check out the Park Avenue Band Face book page!  New pictures and videos are being added regularly!  Mike's bands have performed extensively around the Chicago, Rockford and Milwaukee areas.

Visit our
Jazz page to listen to some samples and find out more. We have many more samples available. Please contact us for more information.


Nippersink Rogues
are performing for many audiences this year. Mike and Tom play and sing a wonderful blend of traditional Irish songs, perfect for your Irish themed event. The Rogues are booking dates now for 2019!! Tom and Mike are also available for Jazz/Cabaret/Variety shows, as well. Please contact us for more info. and available dates.

Please check our performance page for a listing of our performance schedule! New performances are added regularly!

We are booking dates now for 2019 and 2020!! 
Please contact us now to find out more information and pricing!!    

About Mike Knauf Music

Mike Knauf Music provides professional live musical entertainment for the Chicago, Chicago Suburban, Southern Wisconsin and Midwest areas.  We provide music for any occasion, including weddings, wedding ceremonies, anniversary parties, birthday parties, corporate events, festivals, Octoberfest events, senior concerts, parades and clubs. We will provide the right band for your event, from soloists to a jazz duo to a ten-piece dance orchestra, depending on what you are looking for. We specialize in tailoring our musical repertoire, pricing and the size of the band to fit your particular musical needs. Our bands have been rated by clients and industry professionals as some of the best Chicago wedding and event bands!! Contact us now to book the right band for your party.

Groups available include:

Mike Knauf Duo, Trio, Quartet or Quintet - The Mike Knauf groups specialize in playing jazz, yet are able to provide music of all eras, if desired! Are you looking for a jazz duo which includes piano or guitar and saxophone/flute to provide nice background music or a jazz trio or jazz quartet to play music for your guests to listen to and dance to? Would your guests like to hear the music of Ellington, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein and other great composers of our time? We can provide a group that will suit your musical needs for your event. We also can provide vocals with any of our groups, if desired. For more information and sound samples, please check out our jazz groups page. Tell us what you are looking for and we will work with you to make the music just right for your event.

Die Musikmeisters - Die Musikmeisters German Band play a rousing blend of traditional German music for Oktoberfest or German themed events. Die Musikmeisters have performed for many Oktoberfest events throughout the Midwest. Their extensive musical repertoire includes a variety of traditional German vocal and instrumental favorites, as well as Polish and American favorites. They can provide a three to eight musician band, depending on what the event calls for.  The band dresses in authentic German lederhosen. 

Park Avenue Orchestra - Park Avenue is a dynamic ten-piece dance orchestra and performs music from a huge musical repertoire including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Motown, Disco to top 40 hits and everything in between. Park Avenue has been performing in the Chicago area for the past 20 years and brings their professionalism and musical excitement to every event they play. They will work with you to help make every aspect, from start to finish of your musical entertainment just right for your event. Park Avenue can provide classy jazz for the cocktail and dinner hour to energetic dance music for your guests. Park Avenue features a four-piece horn section and two outstanding female vocalists. Park Avenue is also available as a smaller band, if requested. Please see the Park Avenue web site for more information. Please let Park Avenue know you received a referral from our site.

Nippersink Rogues - Nippersink Rogues is an Irish Duo performing a diverse blend of vocal and instrumental traditional Irish music. Nippersink Rogues have performed extensively throughout the Midwest and bring their unique Irish flavor to the repertoire they perform.

The Dixieland Jazz Cats - Are you planning a Mardi Gras themed event or just looking for some lively Dixieland Jazz for your event? The Dixieland Jazz Cats play music that will help bring a New Orleans atmosphere to your affair. The Dixieland Jazz Cats can provide a duo, trio, four, five or even a six or seven musician ensemble. The instrumentation includes Clarinet/Sax, Piano, Bass, Banjo, Drums and we can also add Trumpet and/or Trombone.   We also have our Ragtime Jazz Cats who specialize in music of the late 1890's through the early 1920's. 

Mike's Bio-

Saxophonist and Woodwind Player, Mike Knauf, has performed with many different bands, orchestras and entertainers including Billy Eckstine, Tom Scott, The Temptations, Jimmy Dorsey, Larry Elgart and the "Hooked on Swing" Tour, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Frank Mantooth, Connie Francis, Eddy Howard, Ray McKinley, Las Vegas Rat Pack Show, Daniel Rodriguez, Joan Hammel, Ashley Alexander, The Ringling Brothers Circus and many others. His big band experience includes performances with The Bill O'Connell Big Band, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, The John Burnett Orchestra, The Grand Avenue Big Band, Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, The BBC Big Band and numerous others. He has performed in musicals and shows in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean.

Mike is currently leading his own jazz quartet and Die Musikmeisters German Band. Mike is also active as a freelance musician in the Chicago area. He is also a member of the Park Avenue Orchestra
who perform for many private and corporate events throughout the Midwest.  Mike continues to perform with Nippersink Rogues Irish band and Kingsfold Irish Band, as well.  He has played on many CDs and continues to record with various artists. Mike plays all the saxophones, flute, clarinet, irish whistle and oboe.

In addition to performing, Mike teaches woodwinds privately at
St. Giles School in Oak Park, IL and is director of the St. Giles jazz program. He also teaches private sax, flute, clarinet and oboe lessons at the Player's Bench Music Store in Crystal Lake. Mike is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and the Jazz Education Network.


Our Nippersink Rogues CD, Irish Music for the Soul and Die Musikmeisters, Oktoberfest in Chicago make a perfect gifts for someone special. Our online CD store, Rhythm Kitchen Records is offering free shipping on all CDs. Also, see our other special offers at Rhythm Kitchen.

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