MATCHULAT ERNEST G. Passed away January 21, 2013. Born in Dearborn, Michigan. Graduate of Fordson High School (1950) and Wayne State University (BA and MA in Education). A lifelong musician (sax-clarinet), Ernie was a 60-year member of the Detroit Federation of Musicians. Long active in the Detroit music scene, he led and performed with his own big band and jazz combos, and was a 25-year member of the Detroit Concert Band. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he performed with the notable 7th Army Symphony in Germany, where he met his beloved wife Anna-Maria. A faculty member at Madonna University and educator for 40 years, he was a band and orchestra director at various schools in the Detroit, Highland Park and Livonia school systems before retiring in 1994. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Anna-Maria. Cherished father of Michelle (Michael) Hosmar, David, Christel and Danielle. Adored grandfather of Alex, Andrew, Abby and Jack. Memorial celebration February 2, 11am at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Farmington Hills (12 Mile just east of Farmington Rd). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wayne State University - Dept of Music: Ernest G. Matchulat Endowment Fund; 5475 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202.
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What a amazing man. Mr. Matchulat was my band director at Lowell Jr High and helped me get back into band! I am so sorry for your loss!
Sorry to see you go. I will miss a great musician and friend. We had so good times, esp. the Detroit Concert band. My condolences to Anne Marrie, and the children I had a nice talk with Michelle, about you, and your grandchildren. Peace.
I am so sorry to hear about my good friend and colleague, Ernie. I enjoyed teaching strings with him so much in the Livonia Public Schools for many years. My sincere sympathy is with your whole family. Special condolences to Danielle, one of my string students.
You were one of the best music teachers, fellow Livonia Symphony woodwind players and one happy fellow Ernie! I will always remember your smile and challenging lessons! I will miss you. Maureen Abele (nee Hitchens)
Very sad to hear this news. I remember taking lessons with Ernie, he taught me so much about improv that I still remember today. Very sorry for your loss, he will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss, Anna-Maria. Ernie was a great person, fine musician and good friend. I will miss seeing him each year in Arizona. Love and peace to you all. Jack, Glenn Shelby and Jennifer Shelby Prescott.
Sending condolences from Ron, Jay and Len. We are very sorry for your loss.
Mr. Matchulat was my music instructor and mentor for nine years in the Livonia Public School System at Eisenhower Elementary, Lowell Jr. High, and Churchill High School's. He was a dedicated, passionate and compassionate teacher and a huge asset to the "Livonia Public School System" It was an honor to know him. I will forever remember you "Match" I am so sorry for your loss.
A truly amazing man. I was so sorry to hear of your loss.The entire Detroit music scene has lost a true professional. I played French Horn for him at Johnson Elementary, and later at Lowell Junior High. My mother, also a Musician and Music Teacher,worked closely with him. She subbed several times for him, and later worked with him as an Acompanist for Mich. State Solo & Ensemble, and later herself an Adjudicator. His lifelong career in music was driven by his love for it. Wir möchten dir unser aufrichtiges Mitgefühl und unsere Anteilnahme übermitteln. Solltest du in diesen Tagen Hilfe benötigen, so kannst du dich zu jeder Zeit auf uns verlassen.
Ernest and I lived 4 houses apart in Dearborn, Michigan. He was one year younger than I. We became friends at the age of 5 and 4, snd remained lifelong friends even though we drifted apart when we both went into the military. We would run into each other from time to time, and those were always joyous occassions. We miss you, old frend. You will always be in my heart.