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Hafenkapelle - German festival music, American big band, dance music in Cape Coral, Florida
(back) Erik Toplis, Steve Eichner, __ __, Ann Walker, __ __, Chuck McClinton; (second row) David Thornton, Carol Ploof, __ __, Ernie Toplis, Josef Winter, Alex Mueller, Jim Walker, Norbert __, Walter Schroeder, [blue hat man], Fred Shearer, __ __, Doug Walker, Cas Obie, Ross Mannina, __ __; (sitting) __ __, Carson Spitler, Meg Price, Judy Smith, __ __, __ __, Jack Malone, __ __. (kneeling) Glenn Ahler

The Hafenkapelle band is sponsored by the German American Social Club of Cape Coral Florida, and has been in existence for over thirty five years.  The band is a typical costumed German band and also a community band, having been proclaimed the official band of the city of Cape Coral.

The Hafenkapelle members rehearse and socialize every Wednesday evening at the German American Social Club on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral.  They perform at a variety of venues throughout the year, particularly in the “Fest” season — October through November.  The full band number around twenty pieces, but have numbered as many as thirty over the years.  Smaller groups are available, down to 6-8 members. The Hafenkapelle play a variety of music — mostly German favorites, but also Pop and Big Band numbers popular in Germany and America.

The highlight of the Hafenkapelle performances every year is as one of the feature bands of the Cape Coral German American Social Club’s  annual Oktoberfest the last two full week-ends in October.  They have played for every club Oktoberfest.  The band was established in the early 1980’s by Uwe Kellner, past  president of the Cape Coral German American Social Club.  Presently, the president is Chuck McClinton (, the business  manager is Ron Hagemyer (, and the Kapellmeister is Alex Mueller ( They can be contacted at: