Capturing the traditional ethnic style of the typical European Village Band, Dorf Kapelle has thrilled audiences at major festivals, stage performances, dances and concerts through out Wisconsin. Formed in the summer of 1988, this group of fine musicians is dedicated to the reproduction of European wind music which includes polkas, marches, waltzes and specialty selections performed in the ethnic style of its origin.


The band consists of one flute/piccolo, three clarinets, two flugelhorns, one trumpet, three trombones, two tubas, one tenor horn, one euphonium, percussion, sound specialist and vocalist. In addition, the band often splits into smaller combos using accordions, alphorns and other Austrian style instrumentation to provide an incredible variety of musical styles, and show its entertainment versatility. We are probably the only band in the world with 3 Alpenhorns in the key of Ab. We came accross these instruments by accident and their purchase was a must. Jim Kelly, Marcie and Jim Ninnemann take them everywhere they go.

The Music

The Music performed by the Dorf Kapelle comes from all sources, with priority to the famous Ernst Mosch band of Germany. Other music comes from various German and Czech composers as well as arrangements written specifically for the Dorf Kapelle by members of the band. The band’s use of highly skilled professional and semi-professional musicians, using “imported” & “special” musical arrangements make an unparalleled musical and entertainment presentation to its audiences.

Musicians of Dorf Kapelle

Ernest Broeniman – Band Leader/Artistic Director/ Manager – Music Teacher Retired – Emeritus    Hortonville, WI

Sam Broeniman — Band Leader/Manager    Hortonville, WI


Kari Eggert– Music Teacher – Lomira, WI


Richard Tengowski – Music Teacher – Kohler, WI
Donna Wirth – Music Teacher Retired – Kiel, WI
Rita Lambries – Music Teacher Retired – Two Rivers, WI
Dale Shipe – Music Teacher – Fond du Lac, WI

Trumpet/Flugel Horn

Steve Speidel – Dentist – Fond du Lac, WI
David Ehren – Music Teacher Retired – Luxemburg, WI
Ted Pierce – Music Teacher – Brillion, WI

Tenor Horn & Euphonium

Craig Gall – Music Teacher – Appleton, WI
Marcie Ninnemann – Music Teacher – Appleton, WI
John Stangel – Music Teacher Retired – Kaukauna, WI


James Ninnemann – Musical Instrument Repair Technician – Appleton, WI
James Neujahr – Music Teacher – Appleton, WI
Rodd Eggert – Music Teacher – Lomira, WI
Robert Berndt – School Superintendent Retired – Crivitz, WI


Jill Wagner – Music Teacher Retired – Fond du Lac, WI
Jeremiah Eis — Music Teacher — Denmark, WI


Tom Wichlacz – Machinist – Mishicot, WI


Abby Kraemer – Radiology Tech — Appleton, WI


James Ninnemann — Appleton, WI

Jim Kelly — Fond du Lac, WI