Banat Musician & Kapellmeister

Stahl, Peter

 

*1884 Bogarosch-1982 Philadelphia

Peter was one of the 30 young musicians in the 1900 US Census with Mr. Schilzonyi in PA.  Peter went on to become a Bandleader popular band in Philadelphia "The Stahl Marching Band." Peter's brother Adam Stahl was a band member.  Peter Stahl's son, Jacob Stahl, went on to play violin in the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Peter is the Great uncle of Helen Dubas, the brother of her grandfather, Adam Stahl. They were both from Bogarosch.  Helen's family still has several of Peter's 75rpm records. More from Helen, below.

Photos contributed by Helen Dubas

"The Stahl Marching Band"

   

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Peter Stahl sits with hands folded left of the drum.  My grandfather, Adam Stahl sits at his feet.  Adam was an accomplished musician, and played the saxophone, tuba, and clarinet. Along with his brothers, he was part of the established Stahl Marching Band in Philadelphia, PA.  When his daughter Elizabeth died at the age of eighteen, the marching band followed the horse-drawn hearse in a procession along the neighborhood streets of Fishtown in Philadelphia.  He also had another music group which was called Cappelle (Brothers Three).  Family members still have 75rpm recordings.

In my family tree notes, I have: Also noted on the 1910 US census was that Peter came into this country originally in 1898, which puts him at about 14 years of age.  Havenít found the 1898 manifest.  That notation further makes me believe that he is the same Peter Stahl listed on the 1900 census. 

Besides being known for the Stahl Marching Band in Philadelphia (family members still have 75 rpmís), he was best known in Philadelphia for Stahlís Photography Studio at 2nd & Girard Ave.  My mother was the colorist for his photos.  Fortunately for me, I have lots of photos of Stahl family members.

Adam Stahl was also an accomplished musician, and played the saxophone, tuba, and clarinet. Along with his brothers, he played in the Stahl Marching Band in Philadelphia, PA.  When his daughter Elizabeth died at the age of eighteen, the marching band followed the horse-drawn hearse in a procession along the neighborhood streets of Fishtown in Philadelphia. He also had another music group which was called Cappelle (Brothers Three). 

Helen Dubas


 

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