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Blaskapelle (Cleveland DSB German Brass Band)

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The Cleveland Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle
Cleveland's Original German-American Brass Band

Mission Statement:

To perpetuate and preserve traditional Danube Swabian and German-American music, primarily through live performances that showcase the artistry and talent of the Cleveland Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle.

Contact Information:

Phone: 440-235-2646
E-mail
: blaskapelle@donauschwabencleveland.com

Practices: Every Thursday from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138
 
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Photo by Ann Saluga

1st Row: Mary Anne Manlet, Ellie Meier, Logan Trudgen, Julie Williams, Sherry Dial, Judy Kretz

2nd Row: Lauren Owens, Kim Taylor, Nichole Fehrman, Sandy Maurer, Casey Krucek

3rd Row: Hank Harris, Karl Beckman, Barb Oltmanns, Emily White, Jack Hack, Tim Bricker, Michelle Swiniarski, Tom Hospodar, Scott Saluga

4th Row: Bruce Melville, Richard Tayek, Brian McKeon, Mike Prochko, Rick Klingshirn, Jim Hitsman, Tom McKeon, Andy Giebel, Roger Radke


5th Row: Matt Matlak, Vlad Salva, John McClellan, Connor Krucek, Jacob Krucek, Jim Boyer, Norb Manz, Eric Fehrman, Jim Lenahan

Not Pictured: Carissa Alabise, Ryan Britt, Ed Czyzewski, Dan DiFilippo, Bob Elshaw, Samantha Fitzenrider, Pete Hoekje, Dena Jurcisek, Sam Kitzler, John Koch, Peter Krege, Josh Krug, Sam Malley, Stefan Mazur, Matthew McClellan, Andy Nagy, Sarah Perez-Stable, Amy Reutlinger, Jerry Reutlinger, Lucinda Sisler, Stephanie Tyler, Cliff Wagner, Gayle Wagner, Shirley Walker, Keegan Zaebst


Upcoming Events & Important Dates:

DSB Officers Strategy Meeting
Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Fat Heads Brewery
24581 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, Ohio 44070

German Language School Karnevalsfeier
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138


Messiah Lutheran Church Shrovefest
Die Kleine Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle
Shrove Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
from 5:15 pm to 7:45 pm
21485 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, Ohio 44126


Musikfest & Woodstock der Blasmusik
Saturday, March 9th, 2019
from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138

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Birch Primary School Cultural Arts Day
Die Kleine Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
from 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
24100 Palm Drive
North Olmsted, Ohio 44070

Apollo Männerchor Maifest (Tentative)
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
391 S Dock Street
Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146

Zoar Maifest (Tentative)
Saturday, May 11th, 2019
from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Historic Zoar Village
198 Main Street
Zoar, Ohio 44697

Crohnstoberfest! CCFA Fundraiser (Tentative)
at Lake County Captains vs. Great Lakes Loons
Saturday, May 25th, 2019
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, First Pitch at 6:30 pm
Classic Park, OH-91 & Vine Street
Eastlake, Ohio 44095

German-American Fest
Friday, May 31st, 2019
from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
& 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm
German Central, 7863 York Road
Parma, Ohio 44130

Tag der Donauschwaben
Sunday, June 9th, 2019
from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138

Beer & Brats Night on the Patio (Tentative)
Friday, July 19th, 2019
from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138

Amherst German Fest (Tentative)
Saturday, August 10th, 2019
from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Amherst Sandstone Village
763 Milan Avenue
Amherst, Ohio 44001

Lenau Park's Annual Sommer Oktoberfest
Friday, August 16th, 2019
from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138

Lenau Park's Annual Sommer Oktoberfest
Sunday, August 18th, 2019
from 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm & 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138

Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest (Tentative)
Friday, August 30th, 2019
from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Hacker-Pschorr Tent
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
164 Eastland Road
Berea, Ohio 44017


Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest (Tentative)
Monday, September 2nd, 2019
from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
& 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Hacker-Pschorr Tent
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
164 Eastland Road
Berea, Ohio 44017

German Central Oktoberfest (Tentative)
Outdoor Pavilion
Friday, September 6th, 2019
from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
7863 York Road
Parma, Ohio 44130


German Family Society of Akron’s Oktoberfest
Sunday, September 8th, 2019
from 12:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Donau Park, 3871 Ranfield Road
Kent, Ohio 44240


Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest (Tentative)
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
2085 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221


Apollo Männerchor Oktoberfest (Tentative)
Sunday, September 29th, 2019
from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
391 S Dock Street
Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146

Kulturgruppe Oktoberfest Fall Festival (Tentative)
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
& 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138

Kirchweihfest
Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
from 12:00 am to 3:00 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138

Krampus Fest!
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Lenau Park’s Holzer Halle
7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138

Hudson Christkindlmarkt (Tentative)
Hosted by Hudson-Landsberg Sister City
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
139 North Main Street
Hudson, Ohio 44236

Weihnachtsfeier Christmas Program
Sunday, December 15th, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Lenau Park, 7370 Columbia Road
Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138


*Performance times are tentative and subject to change


Group History:

In 1958, the Cleveland Society of Danube Swabians’ Brass Band & Posaunenchor was founded by Peter Glatt and Reverend Horst Hoyer. Songs performed consisted primarily of waltzes, polkas, and marches.

The band often played at the Banater Club, Sachsenheim Club, and Gottscheer Club, and after six years, the band had grown to forty-four members. At that time, Glatt entrusted the band to Edmund Seifert and Hans Franz.

In June 1968, the Cleveland DSB was invited to perform at the Bundesmusikfest in Sindelfingen, Germany, taking first place honors for an unforgettable performance of F.H. Losey’s 1896 composition, "Snap Shot." 156 brass bands were in attendance, and the DSB performed a total of forty-seven concerts in just sixteen days.

Richard "Coach" Reuding and Hans Noel subsequently took over as the DSB toured Canada and performed at Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 1971. The band continued onward and upward with Peter Weber, Ralph Rehner, and Michael Rehner, performing at Disney World and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 1975. In April 1979,  the band performed on a luxurious Carnivale Cruise of the Caribbean Sea, which included performances in the Dominican Republic, San Juan, and Saint Croix.


Continued success followed under the direction of Bob Kozsey, Ferdinand Bleich, Paul Psota, Matt Niessen, Michael Sifferman, Jack Hack, and Michele Esper. Most recently, Roger Radke and John McClellan have organized performances in Detroit, Sandusky, Sharon, and Windsor, as well as local venues such as the Akron Zoo, All Pro Freight Stadium, Altenheim & Shurmer Place, Amherst German Fest, Canal Park, Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest, Cleveland Maennerchor, Cleveland World Festival, German Central Oktoberfest, German Cultural Garden,  Great Lakes Brewing Company, Heimatland Oktoberfest, Hofbräuhaus Cleveland, John Carroll University, Lenau Park Sommer Oktoberfest, Olmsted Falls Heritage Days Festival, Parker Hannifin, and Sandusky Oktoberfest.

On June 8th, 2017, the Cleveland Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle returned to Germany, performing not only at Hofbräuhaus München, but also with the Original Banater Dorfmusikanten at the Landsmannschaft der Donauschwaben in Haar, Bavaria. The DSB also performed at the U.S. Army Barracks in Grafenwöhr, with Blasorchester Höchst at Bürgerhaus Frankfurt-Goldstein, at Kath. Pfarramt St. Cäcilia in Mosbach, at the Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum in Ulm, and with the Wielenbacher Musikanten at Gasthaus Guggemos in Wielenbach. Needless to say, the Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle’s Deutschlandtour was an excellent opportunity to interact with fellow German musicians, allowing the DSB to learn even more about German and Danube Swabian culture from a uniquely local perspective.

As the Cleveland DSB enters into its 60th year, under the direction of Julie Williams, the traditions of Danube Swabian brass bands continue as the DSB performs long standing waltzes, polkas, and marches. Special thanks to all who have supported the Cleveland DSB, past and present!

Officers, Directors & Vocalists:

  • President: John McClellan
  • Vice President: Scott Saluga
  • Treasurer: Norbert Manz
  • Secretary: Matt Matlak
  • Delegates: Casey Krucek, Norbert Manz, Roger Radke &  Julie Williams
  • Musical Director: Julie Williams
  • Assistant Musical Directors: Brian & Tom McKeon, Andy Nagy, Barb Oltmanns, Kim Taylor & Shirley Walker
  • Vocalists: Sam Kitzler, Casey Krucek, Jim Lenahan, Andy Nagy, Lauren Owens & Amy Reutlinger