The Apostle Band was resurrected in 2004 by a group of local musicians looking to have a good time. It features 12, and sometimes 13, players on trombone, tuba, baritone, clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet and drums.
The current band plays marches, selections from years gone by, novelty tunes, or what band member Bob Kirchhofer calls 'happy music'. "We like to do fun things, and the music reflects the fun," he explained. He said they hold monthly practices if necessary, or when they just want to get together. Very often practices become a party. Beer is the traditional beverage served. According to Bob, Stag is the 'official beer', when they can get it.
Band members include: Bob Kirchhofer and Walt McQuie, tuba; Jim Oncken and Otto Thierbach, trombone; Mike Auchly, baritone; Josh James and John Berkemeyer, clarinet; Ken Smith, tenor sax; Joe McGowan and Mike Mickel, trumpet; and Dave Baylard and George Workman, drums.
The origin of the first Apostle Band was more formal. Members of the band filed Articles of Agreement on Sept. 19, 1885. These articles stated that they would purchase a set of musical instruments from Mainz, Germany consisting of: One Clarionet in "F", one clarionet in "C", one Fluegelhorn-Cornet in "C", two Altos in "F", one Solo Alto in "F", one Tenor in "C", one Bariton in "C", one Tuba in "F". Each member agreed to pay the same amount of money and have a like interest in each instrument.
A correct account was to be kept and subject to the inspection of any member, and each member at his option could pay his assessment at one payment or by installment. All instruments were to be the property of the Apostle Band and remain in possession of the band.
If a band member would be called away from town, he could enjoy the full benefits of membership.
If a member wanted to leave the band for good reasons, then the band would refund him a reasonable portion of the money he paid for the instruments. The Apostle Band could not be dissolved as long as four members were ready and willing to play. If all members agreed to dissolve the band, then the instruments were to be sold and the debt on them paid. The balance of the money (if any) would be divided equally among the members.
The agreement was signed on March 28, 1885, by band members Louis Rincheval, Theo. Graf, F. Kenne, Constance Adolph Riek, Henry W. Maushund, Albert F. Schubert, Chas. Honeck, Charles W. Maushund, and F. Bewersdorff.