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Isthmus Brass

Isthmus Brass

Brass music during the holidays is steeped in American tradition. Think of the holiday classic A Christmas Story and try to imagine it without the Salvation Army Brass Band.

“It’s not the holidays unless I hear a brass group” said Mike Forbes, co-founder and tuba player for Isthmus Brass.

The Fond du Lac area will not be lacking for this great tradition because Isthmus Brass will perform Friday, December 12Sponsored by Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, the show starts at 8 pm with the bar opening at 7 pm.

Wisconsin's premier large brass ensemble returns!

To learn more about Isthmus Brass, click

Friday, December 12
Performance 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
Tickets are $20 ($12 for THELMA members)
Bistro Table for four $100 ($60 for THELMA members)
Pub Table for two $50 (30 for THELMA members)

THELMA members receive 40% off

Tickets are on sale now!

Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410.


About Isthmus Brass

Under the direction of brass-icon, John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwestern United States, the ISTHMUS BRASS is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. Established in 2009 in Madison, the ensemble was formed when some of the busiest brass players in the area looked for a way to collaborate and perform together. They initially decided on a course of performing charitable Christmas Concerts especially for the Porchlight Homeless Charity of Madison where they have raised over $6000 over that last few years.  Since then, the group has become active year-round and regularly presents concerts of varying styles and repertoire on concert series and music festivals across America. Members include trumpeters John Aley, Dave Cooper, Jon Schipper, and Don Sipe, hornist Ricardo Almeida, trombonists Dylan Chmura-Moore, Mike Dugan, Mark Hetzler, and Mark Hoelscher, tubist Mike Forbes, and percussionist, Keith Lienert.

John Aley (Trumpet) is the Professor of Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music and a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. He is a former member of the American Brass Quintet and has performed with other New York based ensembles such as Musica Sacra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and American Composers' Orchestra. He can be heard on his new solo trumpet recording, Autumn.

Doug Lindsey (Trumpet) is a Doctoral candidate in Trumpet Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and performs in the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. He comes to Madison from Yale and is a freelance trumpeter in the Madison region. Doug recently finished a residency at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Jon Schipper (Trumpet) is an extremely active freelance trumpeter in Southeast Wisconsin and regularly performs with the Jeff Peronto Jazz Orchestra, Madisalsa, The Madison Jazz Orchestra, Joe Scalissi & The Dry Martinis, Four Seasons Theatre, and The Tim Whalen Nonet. He teaches instrumental band and general music at Madison Country Day School in Waunakee, WI, as well as the Jazz program at James Madison Memorial High School.

Charles Wagner (Trumpet) plays with every hip musical group in the Madison area including The Big Payback, Madisalsa, and Mama Digdowns. He also records and tours extensively with a New Orleans-Style Brass Band called, “YoungBlood.” He is a composer/arranger, educator, and freelance trumpeter in Wisconsin.

Ricardo Almeida (Horn) performs extensively throughout Southern Wisconsin as a freelance hornist. Having first established himself throughout Europe as an orchestral horn player, Ricardo is equally proficient as a chamber musician and can be heard on Crystal Records with the NFB Horn Quartet.

Mark Hetzler (Trombone) is a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and performed with the Empire Brass from 1996-2012. He is the former Principal Trombone of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Florida Orchestra. Mark is a Valade Fellow teaching trombone and chamber music at the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival. He is the Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dylan Chmura-Moore (Trombone) is a performer and advocate of contemporary music and is currently the Professor of Low Brass at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Dylan is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician and recently has performed with Madison Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Dal Niente, Isthmus Brass, Con Vivo!, and is a member of the brass quintet Ars Ventus.

Michael Dugan (Trombone) is the Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In addition to his teaching duties, Mike is an active freelance artist in the Upper Midwest. Recent engagements include the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as many fine regional orchestras throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. 

Mark Hoelscher (Bass Trombone) is a member of the Chicago-based Millar Brass Ensemble and is an Edwards artist/clinician. He freelances with groups in the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison areas and is an active teacher and coach. He also serves as the Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the Peck School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mike Forbes (Tuba) is “…an outstanding tubist with a solid, colorful tone, terrific technical skills, and dramatic flair” (American Record Guide). He is the chair of the Music Theory/Composition Area and Low Brass Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He can be heard on his solo album, Forbes Plays Koetsier (Summit Records) or with the Sotto Voce Quartet on their three Summit releases.

Keith Lienert (Percussion) is the percussion instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His performing and teaching career credits include Disneyland’s Collegiate All-Star Show Band, Arizona State University, Arizona School for the Arts, and Elgin Community College in Illinois. He has performed in Southern Wisconsin with the Janesville Armory Dinner Theater, the Dubuque Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the PanGo Steel Drum Band from Chicago.

John Stevens (Conductor) is the Director of the School of Music and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a mem¬ber of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a UW-Madison faculty ensemble-in residence. Professor Stevens has enjoyed a varied career as a teacher, orchestral, chamber music, solo and jazz performer and recording artist, composer/arranger, conductor and administrator.



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