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The Continentals of Washington, DC was formed in May 1972 and has been under the leadership of Accordionist/Keyboardist Mike Surratt since their humble beginning as a "German" Oom-Pah band. In their 48+ year history the band increased their repertoire incorporating many different ethnic styles of polka and waltz music, plus popular dance hits from the 1940's thru today. Many have tried to label this versatile group of musicians over the years, but most have faced the music that they just have to expect the unexpected at any given Continentals performance.

The Continentals certainly have created their own niche in the music world and have performed throughout the USA at Festivals, Dances, Concerts, Radio/TV, and on 9 Cruises to far away destinations. They have also produced 9 recordings and received airplay on more than 400 terrestrial radio stations and countless plays on internet radio broadcasts and websites.

Here are just a few of the places the band has performed:

  • Hofbrauhaus USA - Newport, Kentucky (outside of Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Hofbrauhaus USA - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Waldhorn Oktoberfest - Charlotte, NC
  • Asbury Park Bier Garden - Asbury Park, NJ
  • Kolping Society - Cincinnati, OH
  • Octobeerfest - Winchester, VA
  • Molly B Polka Show RFD-TV Appearance
  • Alpine Haus - Honesdale, PA
  • German American Club - Pawtucket, RI
  • Oktoberfest - Bear Mountain, New York
  • Oktoberfest - Pilsener Haus - Hoboken, NJ
  • Plattduetsche Park, LI, NY
  • Cannstatter Verein - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Kennedy Center Millennium Stage - Washington, DC
  • 25th Annual Polkafest - Chisholm, Minnesota
  • Deutscher Klub of Clark, New Jersey
  • Liederkranz - Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Liederkranz - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Edelweiss Club - Dayton, Ohio
  • Bayway Polish Home - Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • International Polka Festival - Mitchell, South Dakota
  • SNPJ Lodge #106 (National Headquarters) - Imperial, Pennsylvania
  • City Oktoberfest - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Alpine Festival - Helen, Georgia
  • "Live" Guest band on Dan Rodericks' Breakfast Show - WMAR Baltimore, MD
  • Polkafest - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
  • Donauschwaben Oktoberfest - Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Strassenfest - Louisville, Kentucky
  • Strassenfest - Jasper, Indiana
  • Bavarian Festival, Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Annual Polish Festival - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Annual German Festival - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Edelweiss Club Oktoberfest - Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Bavarian Inn - Shepardstown, West Virginia
  • State Fairgrounds Oktoberfest - Richmond, Virginia
  • Saengerbund Oktoberfest - Newark, Delaware
  • International Polka Festival - Hunter Mountain, New York
  • German-American Polkafest - Pemberville, Ohio
  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany - Washington, D.C.

Past achievements include a "Maryland Governor's Citation" presented during their 20th Anniversary celebration and Mike Surratt is a recipient of the "German-American Friendship Award" presented by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Their most recent recognitions were 2013, 2010, 2009 & 2008 "Wammie" (Washington Area Music Association Award) nominations for "Best World Music Group." They continue to make new fans wherever they perform and are definitely...

 "Saving The Old World - One Polka at a Time!"