Service to god is a family matter

service to god is a family matter

"For our family, it's just part of it", says wolfgang krug. The carpenter from kraisdorf has been the official sacristan in the kraisdorf district of pfarrweisach for 15 years. But he has actually been involved since he was a child. For his father alois held the office for about 45 years, until he had to step down shortly after a heart attack. Before that grandfather johann krug was the sacristan and earlier georg krug.

Fourth generation
So the current church servant is already active in the fourth generation. The office of the sacristan is a family affair that wolfgang krug's son, 32-year-old johannes, also wants to continue. "And the grandchildren are already involved", betrayal of the craftsmen from kraisdorf who do not make a fuss about this family tradition.
"As a catholic, you feel obligated to do volunteer work, it's like an inner drive, he says, and "that was always our church." He feels the small house of worship, whose 100. The consecration day was celebrated last year "almost like a second home".

"The krugs have always felt responsible for the church", he says. This is probably also due to the fact that georg, the great-grandfather, was once involved in the construction of the church as a craftsman. Furniture in the sacristy bears his handwriting.

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It started with the processions

It started with the processions

In the beginning, there was the wish to accompany the church processions musically: 70 years ago, a few men met in seblach with their musical instruments to rehearse church songs together. Had the founding father of the "stadtkapelle seblach" someone prophesied that over time a 40-headed band would develop, they certainly did not believe it.
Strictly speaking, the men "only" called the town band new in life. Already before the second world war a music group existed, but all documents were lost. The pure playing for the catholic church, with which processions and services were musically accompanied, was followed by the dance music, before the responsible persons decided to set on pure wind music. Until the beginning of the 80’s, when the town band became quiet, because neither a proper conductor nor a board of directors could be found.

Weidner enlivened the chapel

It was not until manfred weidner took up not only the baton but also the reins towards the end of that decade that things started to look up again. Weidner introduced club bylaws and established a board of directors. But in 1991 he had to leave seblach for professional reasons. Weidner’s successor was the young michael bauer. Under his leadership, the band turned to more popular melodies and became more and more popular. Youth work is particularly close to bauer’s heart, so that more and more young musicians are being trained by the town band. Young musicians regularly take the examinations for the music badges of the north bavarian music association (NBMB).
Today the stadtkapelle seblach offers a repertoire for all ages, with polkas, marches, medleys and a lot of modern music. A colorful melody robbery just. Under the leadership of sandra hildebrand and her deputy markus bauer, the town band today not only accompanies processions and church services, but also carnival and festival parades. The association regularly invites visitors to the spring concert at the DJK/FC seblach sports center and to the whole-square festival at whitsun on hofmannsplatz.
There should be no rough and tumble on the occasion of the anniversary. "Since many festivities this year will be musically framed by the town band, the board has decided to celebrate the birthday in a small way with a concert", reports hildebrand. That’s why the jubilee chapel will be inviting visitors on saturday, 23rd. September, from 6 p.M. To a serenade concert on the maximiliansplatz in seblach. The chairwoman hopes that the weather gods will have an understanding, because: "in case of bad weather the concert will unfortunately have to be cancelled."

Musical guests

Whoever has a birthday, invites visitors: the musicians of the town band seblach will be joined by the "jugendblaskapelle bergesklange witzmannsberg" as musical guests (with leader sebastian funk) and the "jugendblaskapelle unterpreppach" (youth brass band underpreppach) under the leadership of stefan groh journeymen. Hildebrand says: "the members of the town band cordially invite you to listen to the sounds of the bands and to spend a few pleasant and happy hours in seblach"."
Food and drinks are also provided at this event, thanks to seblach’s inns and the old town butcher’s shop.

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Only a few listeners hear the further chorus

The french chamber choir furth had put together the program "tranensaat und freudenernte" a lot of effort, wanted to invite people to a musical dialogue under the direction of ingeborg schilffahrt. But not even 40 people from kulmbach found their way to the opening of the church music days in the petri church.

The choir contrasted psalm settings on the level of content, presented different epochs in direct confrontation. Moreover, the program bridged the gap between christians and judaism. Despite the very contemplative visit, the 13 female and nine male singers gave their all.

For church music director ingo hahn, the church music days have not died, as he explains in the following interview.

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Beer week in kulmbach: the construction has begun

Beer week in kulmbach: the construction has begun

The old town festival is barely over before the next big event casts its shadow ahead. Mayor henry schramm officially inaugurates on 27. July the 64. Kulmbach beer week. A special ceremony will take place in front of the kulmbach town hall on the market square. Traditionally, the buttner dance their buttner dance to the music of the kulmbach town band under the direction of thomas besand. The bollerschutzen bischofsgrun are – and this already for 15 years – at the opening of the beer week on the market place.

"I would like to thank our mayor and these three associations very much for helping to organize the festive opening of our beer week", says markus stodden, spokesman for the management board of kulmbacher brewery.
Mayor henry schramm declares: "i am really happy that the tradition of opening the beer festival on the market square is being maintained. The buttner, the bollerschutzen and the town band make a nice picture in front of our historic town hall."

The buttnerverein from kulmbach has been involved in the opening of the kulmbach beer festival ever since its inception. In the beginning, the beer week took place on the market square, which is why the buttnertanz continues to take place there today for the sake of tradition.

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