Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, Inc.

David Giegerich

  March 15, 1953 - December 29, 2010


   Memorial Service Saturday, January 15, 2011
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MarylandState Choir Center
3400 Norman Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Obituary: David Giegerich, 57, who made his mark as a Dobro and steel guitar player at venues throughout the Washington region, died Dec. 29 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The cause of death was complications from aplastic anemia. He was co-founder of the Hula Monsters, a Hawaiian, swing and country combo The Washington Post once named “one of the best bands in the world.” The Hula Monsters are a six-time Washington Area Music Association (Wammie) award winner. Giegerich also won individual Wammies for solo performances in bluegrass and country music. By day, Giegerich was employed as an audio visual specialist with the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. He played frequently with bluegrass bands in and around Fredericksburg where he met his wife, Pamela McLeod of Spotsylvania County, in 1980. A native of South Haven, Mich., he was a graduate of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and also attended Michigan State University in East Lansing. In addition to Hula Monster performances at the Kennedy Center, the Birchmere, the White House and more traditional music scenes in the area, Giegerich taught resophonic guitar to hundreds of students at music camps around the country. Washington area music fans also saw him appear with are with Bill Harrell and the Virginians, Eva Cassidy, Johnny Gimble, Bill Kirchen, the Red Stick Ramblers, Cathy Fink, Marci Marxer, Smooth Kentucky, Artie Hill and the Long Gone Daddy's, Mama Tried, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa. Giegerich is survived by his wife, of Ellicott City, sons Axel and Carter Giegerich, also of Ellicott City, and James and Edith McLeod of Spotsylvania County, VA; His father, Raymond Giegerich of South Haven, Michigan and 3 siblings, Steve, Elizabeth and Andy and eleven nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life and music will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Maryland State Choir Center for the Arts, 3400 Norman Ave., Baltimore.

Donation: Donations for childrens College Fund, C/O 3731 Crossbow Ct., Ellicott City, MD 21042

No interment, memorial service only

Guestbook Entries

   Rosemary Oakley Perticari  I plan to be at the memorial on the 15th. I miss Dave's presence on the earth. I didn't see him much, but he was special in my life!
   Megan Hamilton  Pam, Axel and Carter - I am profoundly sorry for your loss. So sorry. Dave was one of a kind. A rare and precious guy. That we won't be able so see that smile and hear his music - it leaves me bereft. If I or Creative Alliance can help in anyway let me know. With Love, Megan
   Pam McLeod  We will have a short service on Sat 1/15 followed by a pot luck picking party in the social hall. We hope all Dave's friends can join us. here are some additional links to info on Dave... Links to info on Dave http://ellicottcity.patch.com/announcements/obituary-local-musician-dave-giegerich http://www.thebluegrassblog.com/dave-giegerich-passes/ http://www.thebluegrassblog.com/gary-ferguson-on-dave-giegerich/ http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=1833892482¬es_tab=app_2347471856 http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/kalamazoo/obituary.aspx?n=david-giegerich&pid=147567875 http://obitpatrol.blogspot.com/2010/12/dave-giegerich.html
   Marcia Smith  The Smiths, Arnold, Marcia and Lorraine extend our sympathy to the family, especially Dad Raymond and Liz. We have been big fans of Eva Cassidy and Bill Kirchen - didn't know that Liz's brother had such close ties with them. Again, deepest sympathy to the Giegerich family.
   Carol and Greg  Pam, Axel and Carter- We are at your service for anything you may require and will be there to celebrate a life well lived and filled with love. How lucky you were to have Dave as a husband and father, and how lucky we were to know him, and you. Carol & Greg
   Effie Seaborn  Gone but will never be forgotten. With Deepest Sympathy!
   PJ Canonie-Bubin  To the entire Giegerich family from a fellow Monroe Marauder (and I don't remember if it was Dave or Steve who coined the phrase), childhood hearts go out to you. Dave is one of those people who automatically brings a smile when you think of him. I can only imagine how his music affected thousands. I just want his wife and sons to know that Dave was truly a "good guy" growing up. His past won't forget him. I am sorry for your loss. PJ Canonie-Bubin
   Lee Michael Demsey  Dave was one of the best people I've known in the Bluegrass community over the years. He was fun to be around and to chat with, not to mention a fine, fine versatile musician.
   Madelyne Pieper  Bud, Steve, Liz, and Andy, I can't begin to tell you all how sorry am I to hear this news. Please know that you are in my prayers during this difficult time. I know Dave was welcomed into Heaven by the loving arms of his Lois and his Nana. Love to each of you.
   Jennifer Camp  Dear Pam, Axel, & Carter, I am just heartbroken. I will miss his smile, his great sense of humor, and hearing his beautiful music. He was a generous and wonderful being, and I am honored to have known him. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Much love, Jennifer Camp
   Mackey Davis  Dear Bud, Steve, Liz and Andy, I was shocked to hear about David. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you. It has been years (too many to count) that we lived next door and shared many time together. My condolences to you and your family. Love to all Mackey
   jan guigue  Giegerich Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. My God have a wonderful new musical Angel. My many blessings. jan guigue
   Regina Sims Alston  Dave and I shared March 15th for our birthdays. My heart is heavy but I can't help but smile when I think of the memories he both captured and created. God bless him and all who admired and loved Dave!
   John & Suzie Stylc  We were so hopeful that things would get better and deeply saddened by his loss. Dave was a kind and gentle co-worker. We loved his music and will miss his friendship.
   Jim Norman  Pam and family, my thoughts are with you. I am saddened beyond words at our loss, but am so grateful to have known Dave and to have had him as a friend and musical influence in my life.
   Sally Rogers  Dear Pam, Carter and Axel, I was so sorry to hear that Dave lost his battle. It was so nice to see you last summer, Pam, and to get caught up a bit. I really thought he might make it to remission again. We've lost a fine musician, a quiet and peaceful friend who left the world a better place for having been here. He will be missed. We hope to see you again next summer at Common Ground. Much love, Sally and Howie
   Annie Umbricht  Dear Axel and Pam. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our hearts are with you in these difficult times.
   Renee Lute  My deepest sympathy to Dave's family. Dave was a classmate of mine at L.C. Mohr in South Haven. He was good friend. I was very sad to hear of him passing away. I remember Dave being very kind and he made me laugh alot! Even after many years since high school graduation I have thought of Dave from time to time and wondered where he had moved to. I pray for strength & comfort from the Lord for his loved ones. Take care. Psalms 147:3 Renee Olsen Lute
   Barbara Herschman  Pam and family, I was so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I did not know him well, but I knew him to be a friendly, caring, and talented person. I will keep his music in my heart always.
   Kathy Walker Manning  I am sorry to hear about your loss. I am a friend from South Haven from long ago. Please know that others are thinking of you at this time.