The Transylvania Club is a Transylvania Saxon-German organization which immigrated to Canada to establish their new home in Canada. Founded in 1951, Musikprofessor Walter Scholtes and organizer John Werner established the Transylvania Band and in 1954 boasted a band membership of 50 people. In 1966 Steve Schatz Sr. reorganized the band and as the new musical director, formed a new band and incorporated the Hofbräu name which operated under the Transylvania Club with the goal to preserve the familiar music and sounds of the old country.
In 1969 The Hofbräu Band was the first and only German band that participated in the original Kitchener- Waterloo Oktoberfest. They introduced the drinking song “Ein Prosit” and the now famous “Zicke-Zacke” theme song. They continue to perform at Oktoberfest today and have played every year since its inception.
Today, The Transylvania Hofbräu Band consists of a 30 member band that rehearses on a weekly basis and consists of both men and women aged 20 to 88. The band consists of German, Canadian, Swiss and Austrian nationalities. They have performed throughout Ontario as well as in The United States for various homecoming events (Heimattag), weddings, anniversary, senior homes, picnics and Oktoberfest functions. The band has also traveled back to Austria and Germany several times to participate in a cultural-musical exchange tour playing for various Saxon and German communities. Over the past fifty (plus) years, they have produced a record “Oktoberfest Klänge”, several videos and CD’s and also have been featured on the Rogers Cable System.