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In Memoriam

Henry J. Kulesa (1951 Band Director)

Henry J. Kulesa (1951 Band Director)

Henry J. Kulesa, son of John (1880 Poland-1951) and Sophie (Stympniewski) (1894 Poland-?) Kulesa, was born 31 May 1920, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.  Henry was a World War II Army veteran.  He graduated from Western Michigan College, now Western Michigan University, and was the band director at Okemos High School in 1950-1951.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Sunday 26 November 1950

The  Okemos musicians will hear a talk "About Our Band," arranged by Henry J. Kulesa, band and instrument director at Okemos schools.  A trumpet trio, a clarinet quartet, a flute solo by Jerry Snider and a trombone solo by Mr. Kulesa will be on the program.  Mrs. Lee Bell and Mrs. I. J. Breckenfeld are  named hostesses.

After a short stint in Okemos, Henry moved on to Delton High School, Delton, Barry County, Michigan as band director.

Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan) Thursday 17 December 1953

Delton - The Delton High School band, under the direction of Henry Kulesa, will present its third annual winter band concert in the high school gymnasium at 8 p.m. this evening.

His next career move was to Comstock High School, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan) Sunday 11 August 1963

The Comstock High School band, directed by H. J. Kulesa, is scheduled to participate in an annual "Tournament of Music" at Riverview Park, Chicago, on Wednesday, August 14.

Henry died 24 May 2001, Oakland County, Michigan.  He was interred Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.