Johann Gansch

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Johann Gansch (* 30 August 1925 in Kirnberg an der Mank, Lower Austria; † 4 March 1998 in Melk) was an Austrian composer. He is one of the most important Austrian composers and pedagogues of wind music in the second half of the 20th century.


Johann Gansch was born the son of a regimental musician. He received his first musical training from his father in 1933. During the Second World War he had to do military service and was largely deployed in Norway. As early as 1949 Johann Gansch became bandmaster in Kirnberg, where he founded a youth band and taught as a teacher. In 1972 he founded the Stadtkapelle Melk, which he led until 1988. He is the father of two sons, Hans Gansch and Thomas Gansch, both of whom are trumpeters, and of three daughters, all of whom also learned to play an instrument.


  • Golden and Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to Austrian Folk Music
  • Medal of Honour in Gold of the Lower Austrian Brass Band Association
  • Pioneer pins in silver and gold by the command of the Army Pioneer Battalion Melk[1]


Johann Gansch devoted himself to his special talent, composing. He wrote about 170 marches, polkas, waltzes and also tunes.

Individual references

  1. Music Encyclopedia – Gansch Family. Retrieved 3 January 2015.