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Vol. 6 No. 4 February - March 2018 Complimentary

Consul General of the Federal Republic
of Germany visits Western New York

German-American Musicians by Martin Ederer

swear in 2018 officers Western New York wel-
comed German Consul
The German-American Mu- “After 85 years, it’s General David Gill as he Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown with German Consul General David
sicians Association Inc. in- incredible that an all- made his first visit to Western New Gill.
stalled its officers and volunteer group like this is York after being named to the posi-
board members at its annual in- able to succeed and grow,” tion. Honorary Consul of Germany the United States, especially given Born in Schönebeck/Elbe in
stallation dinner on Jan. 5, 2018. said Alan Knowles. in Buffalo Matthew Collard accom- the widespread German ethnic the former German Democratic
panied the new Consul General. heritage of so many Americans. Republic/East Germany, Gill was
They included: Alan M. put into this organization,” ex- offered limited education and ca-
Knowles, president; Melanie H. plained Melanie Hachten, vice His visit included Rochester on Gill, was named Consul Gen- reer opportunities because his
Hachten, vice president; Lauren president, who is also in charge of December 6 and Buffalo on De- eral in New York in August 2017, family was devoutly Protestant.
Jamieson, recording secretary; membership for the German- cember 7. In Rochester Gill toured an honor that caps an unusual and
Chip Nolan, treasurer; Mindy Wil- American Musicians. “This year Eastman School of Music, met with fascinating career trajectory. continued on page 2
lard, sergeant-at-arms; Mark Con- we were once again able to cele- officials in Rochester City Hall and
schafter, trustee; Catherine Glaub, brate our newly recruited musi- attended a meeting at the Universi-
trustee; Julie Miszuk, trustee; cians and auxiliary members, as ty of Rochester Medical School.
Corey Muench, trustee; Amanda well as our veteran members, who
Moore, business manager; Jeffrey are the foundation and heart of our At an evening reception at the
Glaub, music director; and John Association.” Historic German House, Gill met
Reagan and Timothy Lyon, assis- with leaders of the German com-
tant music directors. The Leroy Schlebus Memorial munity in Rochester.
MVP award was presented to Jeff
“After 85 years, it’s incredible Glaub, and the Robert & Anna In Buffalo, the Consul-General
that an all-volunteer group like Ping Golden Boot Spirit Award visited the Darwin Martin House,
this is able to succeed and grow,” was presented to Mindy Willard. the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred
said Alan Knowles, president. This year the Association mem- Heart, and met with Mayor Byron
“With so many options out there bers nominated Frank Wailand Brown in Buffalo City Hall before
for musicians to perform, the fact with an honorary lifetime mem- visiting Kemper System, a German
that our group not only is getting bership. company with operations in West-
attention locally but international- ern New York. A reception at the
ly, and that we have so many great If you would like more infor- Country Club of Buffalo ended the
people involved in our operations mation about the German Ameri- day.
really speaks volumes to the qual- can Musicians – Buffalo’s BIG
ity and camaraderie of our mem- German Band, visit their website At the reception, Mr. Gill ex-
bers. at pressed the strong interest German
or join their facebook page! There firms had in doing business in the
“Not many volunteer groups you will find a list of their upcom- United States, and stressed the im-
want to spend extra time outside of ing events, ways you can help sup- portance of maintaining a strong
performances together, whether port their cause, and hiring friendship between Germany and
going out for meals, learning information.
about culture, or traveling abroad, National German Genealogy Conference set in Buffalo
and yet our members are excited The German American Musi-
about every opportunity offered to cians Association, Inc. is orga- by Linda Schmieder largest ancestry group in the coun- “fears” stop them from searching
them.” nized under IRS code 501(c)(3) - Director -at-Large, NYS Chap- try. German Americans account for their roots.
a Not-for-Profit cultural organiza- ter Palatines to America a German for about one-third of the total
Keeping with tradition, mem- tion whose goal is the cultivation Genealogy Society ethnic German population in the Today, there are so many re-
bers were given a membership pin and performance of the traditional world. The “German” sources available on line or in ar-
for reaching milestone years of music and culture of German- Merriam-Webster diction- influence is pres-
participation in the association, speaking lands. ary defines “Ancestry” ent in our ev- chives and more
while others were recognized by as a line of descent and eryday lives. become available
their peers for the dedication and They are members of the Fed- “Genealogy” as an account of the every week. I
spirit they brought to the Associa- eration of German-American So- descent of a person, family, or With the subscribe to
tion throughout the year. cieties, Inc. Buffalo, New York & group from an ancestor. “Family growth of many websites
vicinity and a member of the Arts History” is defined as past occur- those interest- and blogs; what
“It is all about recognizing the Council in Buffalo & Erie County. rences in family members; a record ed in their a treasure trove
countless volunteer hours our of one’s ancestors. Whatever one family tree and of information.
members and board of directors wishes to call it, the study and re- the large number of There are also ge-
cording of one’s ancestors, their those with German an-
place in time and location and their cestry it is no wonder that the need nealogy organiza-
life stories has become a major for genealogy resources, especial- tions, especially those
hobby and passion for millions of ly German resources has grown. specific to Germanic genealogy
people around the world. People that are very helpful.
are making connections to their Often people tell me they are Since 1981, I have belonged to
roots daily. frustrated or unable to do their Palatines to America a German
German genealogy because they Genealogy Society (PalAm). This
The U.S. Census Bureau reports do not know the language, do not society has provided me with
that in 2016, there were 44 million know where to begin and are un- much information and guidance to
Americans claiming to have Ger- able to read old German docu- assist me with my family tree and
man ancestry which makes it the ments. One should not let these I have been able to network with

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