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Duane E.

Gandre, Duane E.
Died at his home Dec. 4, 2010 at the age of 78 yrs. He was born in Sheboygan, Nov. 26, 1932. Beloved husband for 54 years of Beverly nee Kaiser. Cherished father of Lisa and Scott. Loving grandfather of Heather, Rafael and Dana. Brother of Janice Honer. Preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Norma.

After earning his Master’s Degree in Music from UW-Milwaukee, Duane joined the US 5th Army Band, later went to Germany and the US 82nd Airborne Division Band. In 1958 he became band director of Crandon, WI High School for 7 years. He then became Director of West Allis Central High School Band for 27 years. He later became an assistant to Dave Krubsack, Director of Martin Luther High School Band in Greendale for 10 years. Duane was also Director of the South Milwaukee Recreation Band for several years. He played with the Dick Strauss and Nick Contorno Bands, and when his friend Ed Doemland asked him to play at his church, he never refused. Duane has been a private music teacher at the Family Music Center on Oklahoma Ave. for many years. He was a judge for the Wisconsin State Music Association for festivals for many years. His knowledge and love of teaching helped many young musicians excel in both technique and love of music. Duane was a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Greendale for over 30 years.

Visitation Thurs. Dec. 9th, 4-7pm with funeral services at 7pm at the funeral home. Rev. Schroeder officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5901 Westway, Greendale, WI appreciated.
Altstadt – Tyborski
4800 S. 84th St. 414-281-5533
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Past Comments


Mr. Gandre was a support to me and an inspiration for me to the point that I majored in Music in college.
Years later after following a different career path, I returned to music as a hobby. I will always thank him for his dedication and energy.

Randy Doersch

My condolences to the family of Duane Gandre. I had the opportunity to student teach with Mr. Gandre at West Allis Central in 1982. His love of music and his students was immediately obvious to me. After I moved to Colorado I met one of his former students who confirmed the same. I have thought of him often during my 27+ year career in music.

David Canitz

My condolences to the family of Mr. Duane Gandre. I was priviledged to have shared a small part of Duane’s influence on life – his teaching not only the art of music but the festival of life. I fondly recall his always present smile from the many years of the Milwaukee Pops Youth band camp and the visits to the Canitz family home. Duane always treated all with respect and care – helping forge countless young minds to follow the right paths in life. As my brothers and sisters have aptly written before me – Duane touched all of us in a very special and positive way – he will be missed. He meant alot to so many.

Love – David and Bonnie
Houston, TX

Carol Canitz Gross

A heartfelt condolence to the Gandre family. Mr Gandre was a phenominal music teacher and educator. He has taught many hundreds of students to love and play music. He will long be remembered for this. It was a pleasure knowing him and working with him at contest sessions in West Allis, summer music camps and other music venues. I know he meant a lot to my father also. Thenk you Duane.You will be playing in heavens’ band from now on. God Bless.

Henry Canitz Jr.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Duane during my many years of attending the Milwaukee Pops Youth Band Summer Band Camp and through his relationship with my dad. Duane was a wonderful musician, a great teacher, and a fun camp councilor. Duane willingly shared his love of music with so many and like a drop of water in a vast sea his love of music will continue to propagate and grow from generation to generation.

Julie Martino Berlin

My deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Gandre’s family. He was truly the “Leader of the Band” for many of us. Rest in Peace.

Jennifer Martino

I extend my deepest sympathy to Mr. Gandre’s family. He was an inspirational teacher…of both music and life. May he rest in peace.

James Canitz

Mr. Gandre was always a positive influence and role model for me whenever he visited the Canitz family home. He was my father’s personal friend and a fellow musician. He will be missed.

Jim & Brenda Canitz

Andrew Borchert

Mr. Gandre was one of the most kind human beings I ever met. His presence at the store gave us all a strong feeling of friendship, and will be missed dearly. I thank god for the chance to share conversation with people like him, and I will miss talking Packers, Badgers and Brewers with him.

Steve Hufnal

Having worked at Family Music for the last five years, I will miss Duane and his love for music, and his music students. After retiring from school teaching, he still thought enough of helping kids excel in music, that he kept teaching many students right up until last week. He will be missed.
I will miss the fun we had talking baseball, not just current baseball, but that of years ago.
I wish his family my condolences.

Steve Hufnal

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