Musicians who currently play with Karl

Roy Kaufmann

Roy was fascinated by the drummer working with his pianist father and started playing drums in 4th grade at the age of nine. He played in various concert, marching, dance and jazz bands while in school and college in upstate N. Y. Because of the prominent Polish population in the upstate area, he became familiar with their ethnic dance music.

While an army musician in the U.S. Military Academy Band he studied rudimental drummingand as a member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers. He studied jazz drumming with Charles Perry in NYC and more recently with Scott Morris in Redwood City, CA.

Roy has worked with such notables as Alan King, the Ink Spots, Art Van Damme, Dave Pell, Carl Saunders and various local bands, musicians, and vocalists. He has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival with his jazz quartet "DeJazz Vu" and the "Octobop" jazz octet. In addition, he had been the house drummer for shows at the Palo Alto Children's Theater for many years.

Recordings include a college Dixieland Band album and Octobop's 3rd and latest CD, "After Dark". In October you can often find him in Lederhosen playing Oktoberfests, and throughout the year playing for European-influenced dancing with the German accordionist Karl Lebherz.

Mike Margulis

B. Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

M. Mus. Degree from Manhattan School of Music. Studied for one year at the Mozarteum Academy for Music and Dramatic Art in Salzburg, Austria.

Taught at the University of Connecticut and University of Hartford.

Taught music at St.Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland for more than twenty years.

Played with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra (Moscow) on their American tour (1968), Oakland Municipal Band, Pickle Family Circus and many other organizatons and musical groups.

Music and music teaching have been Mike's professional focus for his entire adult life. He has been involved professionally with classical, jazz, folk and popular music and has a deep commitment to continuing his development, appreciation and love for all kinds of musc.

Mike has returned to play with the Karl Lebherz Band after an approximate fifteen years' absence

Peter Govorchin

Peter grew up in Los Angeles, where he attended Cal State Long Beach and USC. He studied with Roger Bobo of the LA Philharmonic as well as studio musicians Tommy Johnson and Jim Self. As a young performer in the area, Peter played with the Downey and La Mirada symphonies as well freelanced.


He played two seasons with the LA Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, performing concerts at the Hollywood Bowl under the direction of Michael Tillson Thomas. During this time, he also performed with the Jackson Hole summer orchestral institute. Peter served as Principal Tuba in the Sacramento Symphony in the mid 80's.


After moving to San Francisco in 1987, Peter received his music teaching credential from San Francisco State University. He has been teaching music to children with the San Francisco Unified School District for twenty-five years.


In the Bay area Peter has performed with the Napa, Vallejo, Modesto, Monterey and Redwood symphonies, as well as the Golden Gate Park Band. He has performed the John Williams tuba concerto with the Redwood and San Francisco Concerto orchestras and also performed as a soloist with the Oakland Symphony.


Peter's German band career began at Alpine Village in Torrance, California, where he performed regularly with a twenty-piece band. Played with the Hans Schmelzer band in various southern California festivals including a Las Vegas schuhplattler convention. In San Francisco Peter continued his German band work with Joe Schmiel and Karl Lebherz.

Vija Zarins

Classically-trained musician/graphic designer.

Private violin studies at University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music with Sigmund Effron, former concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as well as other music studies at the U.C. 's College Conservatory of Music. Member of the U.C. College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of the world-renowned maestro Erich Kunzel.

Vija also received private violin instuction from Professor of violin Renato de Barbieri at the International Sommer-Akademie at the Mozarteum un Salzburg, Austria in 1968.

Other orchestral experience included playing in the orchestsra at the American Symphony Orchestra League's Conducor's Workshops in Orkney Springs, Virginia for two summer seasons. In the bay area Vija has played with the Nova Vista Symphony; Peninsula Symphonoy Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Mitchell Klein; the Solano Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Semyon Lohss and the Mill Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Vija also studied choral conducting under Dr. Charlene Archibeque at San Jose State University. Was the choral conductor for the Latvian Choir of Northern California for ten year from 1979 to 1989 and a guest conductor for four consecutive West Coast Latvian Song Festivals- in 1979 in San Francosco; 1982 in Portland, Oregon, 1985 in Vancouver, Canada, and 1989 in Los Angeles, California.

More recently Vijas been performing solo as well as with the Karl Lebherz Band.