A FAMILY IN HARMONY

Krubsack family brings musical talents to area churches
By: 

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Grace Kirchner Dr. Donald Krubsack, far right, directed the Krubsack Family and Friends musical ensemble at a worship service at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church on July 28. His father, Dave Krubsack, is playing the keyboard.

The Krubsack Family and Friends recently presented a musical ensemble in at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Richmond.

Dave Krubsack and his son, Dr. Donald Krubsack, directed the ensemble. Ten members of the Krubsack family and seven others make up the band.

Once a year, this group of former students, friends and families gather to play their instruments to accompany the organ and the singing. They are in the area once a year to attend a music camp at Cloverleaf Lakes.

Each year they participate in a worship service at at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Pella Opening. The two churches are selected because they hold Saturday evening worship services that accommodate the group’s schedule.

On July 29, the group presented a concert lakeside at Cloveleaf Lakes. The Krubsack children now own the home that their parents had, and where some of them grew up, at Clover Leaf Lakes and where the garage is located where the musical camp rehearsals are held.

“We usually have a good crowd for our concert at the lakes and even people out in the boats show their appreciation by honking their horns,” Dave Krubsack said.

Dave Krubsack, of West Allis, retired from teaching in 1998 after 30 years at Martin Lutheran High School in Greendale.

In 1969, he and two colleagues began a band camp for elementary and high school band students at Camp LuWiSoMo, Wild Rose. Dave Krubsack was the first band camp conductor. It is a Lutheran band camp run by Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee. The goal is to give each camper a musical, educational, social and spiritual experience in a loving family-like setting.

The Krubsack family held its camp at Camp LuWiSoMo, but when the camp closed for a couple years, it moved its music camp to the Cloverleaf Lakes.

From 1986-2009, Kathryn Krubsack, who had recently joined the staff of the Lutheran High School Association, served as the director of the Lutheran Band Camp at Camp LuWiSoMo. Kathryn Krubscack served as both administrator and instructor.

Dave Krubsack and most of the family are involved in musical careers.

Kathryn Krubsack is a professional hornist and trumpeter and is a member of the Festival City Orchestra of Milwaukee. She is a horn professor with University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha. She plays with the Kenosha Symphony.

A grandson, Jeff Krubsack, is the band director at Wauwatosa High School. He sings in choirs, plays trumpet and performs with ensembles throughout the Midwest.

Dr. Donald Krubsack teaches at Wayzata High School in Wayzata, Minnesota, and directs the camp band for the Krubsack Family and Friends.

“It’s a talent that the Lord gave all of us,” Dave Krubsack said when asked how most of the family was so musically gifted.

The Dave Krubsack Sr. family grew up in Marion, where he and his wife, Henrietta, operated a feed mill. They later moved to Cloverleaf Lakes.

“We were all expected to take piano lessons, play in the band, and sing in the choirs,” Dave Krubsack said. “My dad played in the Clintonville and Embarrass bands. Back in those days, every community had their own band.

“We are all interested in continuing to hold the music camp at the Cloverleaf Lakes, and the family’s band friends are adamant about holding it each year.”