The Franz Klaber Orchestra is Hamilton, Ohio’s oldest band.. The original Franz Klaber Orchestra was founded in 1930 and led by Franz Klaber, a German immigrant from the Saxony region of Germany. Franz Jr took over the band and under his leadership, the band affectionately became known as the Klaberheads.

Franz Jr’s daughter Erika brought the steel pan into the polka world, and has led the band since 2006.  The fourth generation of Klabers are making their mark as well. Erika’s daughter, Emily Muench, performs regularly with the band. The Klaberheads have not only kept a family tradition alive, but have helped keep the celebration of German Heritage!

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