History of Music in Hanover - Conductors

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Paul Emil Eiserman

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Paul Emil Eiserman moved to the United States circa 1883-85. Born on Nov. 14, 1853 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany [map] he lived most of his new world life in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He died Feb. 13, 1929.

Paul Eiserman helped organize a youth band in 1888 called the Hanover Junior Band.

Hanover Herald - Newspaper
Dated 22 September 1888

Junior Band - A number of lads formed a musical organized styled the "Hanover Junior Band" on Wednesday evening, and have engaged Mr. Paul Eiserman as teacher. The intention is to make the new band, a permanent affair, and the boys seem in earnest in their efforts to form a good band. The officers are:

President, Robert Ehrhart; secretary, Frank Jenkings; Treasurer, Joseph Kump. The members, as far as we are informed are as follows: Frank Jenkins, Frank Hesser, Abraham Hostetter, Maurice Naill, Harry Pfaff, Fred Carver, cornets; Robert Ebrhart, piccolo; Joseph Kump, baritone; Harvey Bixler, George Zinn, bass; Edward Adams, trombone; Irvin Naill, also alto; George Gin, Warren Stair; alto; Malcolm Stair, Elmer Leppo.

Hanover Herald - Newspaper
Dated 16 February 1889

 Hanover Junior Band

This musical organization, which is being taught by Prof. Paul Eisermann, made its first appearance in public on Saturday evening last, rendering several pieces of music with good effect on Center Square. The} afterwards made a brief parade around the Square, playing "Marching through Georgia" in a manner to do credit to a band of much older persons- There is good musical talent in the Junior Band, and we predict for it a bright future.

The membership of the band is composed of the following lads: Frank Jenkins, solo Bb; Abraham Hostetter, 1s' Bb; Artie Strevig. 2d Bb; Larvey Gist. 3d Bb; Frank Hesser. 1st Ed, George Gin, solo alto; dward Adams, 1s1 alto; Irvin Naill, 2d alto; Joseph Kump, baritone; Harvey Bixler, bass trombone; Fred Carver, tenor trombone; Elmer Lease, tenor; Robert Ebrhart, piccolo; Harry Ebrhart, clarinet; George Zinn, bass; Harry Kehm, tenor drum; Harry Pfaff, bass drum; Earnest Wolf, cymbals.

The boys are soliciting financial help to pay for their horns and to defray other expenses, and our citizens should contribute liberally toward their support.

Hanover Harmonies
by Ginger S. Myers


A Juvenile Brass Band was organized under the leadership of Prof Paul Eiserman. Later adopted the name Clipper Band until 1893 when it disbanded. Many of its members joined the Hanover Silver Comet Band.


Cresent Band organized under the directorship of Prof. Emil Eiserman.


Hanover Drum Band organized by the Fire Company. Initially, under the direction of Paul Eiserman.

Source: Myers, Ginger S. Hanover Harmonies - The Musical Heritage of Hanover, PA. Pudlee Publishing Company. Manchester, MD. 1988


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Paul E. Eiserman Family, circa 1892

Top: Anna Eisermann Wege

Center, left to right:

Charles Eiserman, Paul Emil Eisermann, George Eisermann,  Karoline Julia Zobel Eisermann, Milton Eisermann.

Bottom: Hilda Eisermann Zeighein

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