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 Otto Jacob Kraushaar

Otto Jacob Kraushaar

Birth
Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA
Death 4 Dec 1979 (aged 83)
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Plot COM/COL Crypt 10 Sec 1 Cor 1 Unit 6
Memorial ID 131657698 · View Source
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Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 about Otto J Kraushaar
Name: Otto J Kraushaar
Death Date: 4 Dec 1979
County of Death: Dade
State of Death: Florida
Age at Death: 83
Race: White
Birth Date: 10 Dec 1895

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Otto J. Kraushaar born Sturgis, Michigan, December 10, 1895; Died, Coral Gables, Florida, December 4, 1979. He was a graduate of the Howe Military School, Howe, Indiana, which he attended on a full band and orchestra scholarship. Kraushaar later graduated from the Sherwood Music School, Chicago, Illinois, and the University of Iowa, which he attended on a fellowship. He served in World War I in the U.S. Navy as a bandsman on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, flagship of the Atlantic Fleet. He was a bassoonist with the Canadian Kilties Band, the Chicago Concert Band, and the Elkhart, Indiana, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, Symphony Orchestras. He was bassoonist with the Sousa Band for four years, and toured every state of the United States and every Canadian Province. Kraushaar's teaching career consisted of seven years in the LaGrange County, Indiana, public schools, seven years in the Wapun, Wisconsin, public schools, 13 years with the Lake Wales, Florida public schools, six years at Miami Senior High School, Florida and upon retiring in 1968 became the band consultant for eight years at the University of Miami "Band of the Hour" assisting Fred McCall. During the 27 years as a music educator in Florida he received only "superior" ratings with his high school band. He served as a band and orchestra clinician and guest conductor, and as an adjudicator in district and state festivals in Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and the pre-World War II
National Contests. He was director of bands at the summer music camp at Florida State University for ten summers, and later directed bands at the summer band camp at the University of Miami for 14 summers.
Kraushaar was the first president of the Florida Music Educators Association. He demonstrated great initiative and was most effective in the early stages of its organization and its affiliation with the Music Educators National Conference. It was his concept for the FMEA to consist of the component organizations, the FVA, FBA, FOA, FEMA, and FCMEA. This achieved a coordinated calendar for all; the component organizations remained strong and active, yet all music educators were able to unite as the FMEA. He was elected first president of FMEA in 1945, and was re-elected in 1946-47, and for a fourth one-year term in 1948-49. He was vice president of the Southern Division of MENC for two years and served on the board of Directors for six years. Kraushaar was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1933, four years after the founding of ABA. He became a member of the board of directors, vice president, and was elected president in 1961. During the course of his long and successful career, many honors were bestowed upon him including the fact that he served as president of both the Florida Bandmasters Association and the Florida Music Educators Association; he was selected as "One of the Ten Outstanding Music Directors in the United States" by the
School Musician Magazine in 1933; in 1958 he received the "First Chair Award" for his achievement in the field of school music; and in 1961 he was the recipient of the "Mac Award." Kraushaar was a member of the Sousa Band Fraternal Society and an honorary member of several national music fraternities. Otto Kraushaar was not only an outstanding musician, but also a gentleman in every sense of the word:
quiet, kind, fair, and always friendly.

Posted by Richard Hodges - Member(47202450)

(Information courtesy of Jerry Curry)


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  • Created by: Under the Dogwoods
  • Added: 21 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131657698
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Otto Jacob Kraushaar (10 Dec 1895–4 Dec 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131657698, citing Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Under the Dogwoods (contributor 47191841) .