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11/18 CONCERT CANCELLED – to be Rescheduled

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The Brown County Civic Music Association received word late Friday night (Nov. 13) that the Solid Brass Ensemble could not get flights from New York City to Chicago to Green Bay due to fog and winter weather cancellations. The Saturday night, Nov. 18 concert of Brown County Civic Music, which would have featured the Solid Brass Ensemble at West High School’s Holter Auditorium, has been CANCELLED.

Civic Music is currently investigating possibilities for rescheduling Solid Brass for later in our 2017-18 season. Ticket-holders are asked to keep their tickets so that they may use them for entry into the rescheduled concert. When the new concert date is determined, details for the rescheduled concert will be available here on and will also be sent out in our E-notes newsletter. Sign up for E-notes here.

CANCELLED: Solid Brass Ensemble – Rescheduled Seraph Brass

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Replacement Concert: Seraph Brass 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24
Use your tickets for the cancelled show for this one; if you’ve misplaced them, just check in at our Civic Music table in the lobby.

Civic Music received word late Friday night (Nov. 13) that the Solid Brass Ensemble could not get flights from New York City to Chicago to Green Bay due to fog and winter weather cancellations. The Saturday night, Nov. 18 concert of Brown County Civic Music, which would have featured the Solid Brass Ensemble at West High School’s Holter Auditorium, has been CANCELLED. We are investigating possibilities for rescheduling Solid Brass for later in our 2017-18 season.

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Solid Brass Ensemble

Live from New York!  Double the size of a typical brass quintet, Solid Brass transports listeners on a journey through medieval ceremonial music, John Philip Sousa, Strauss, Bizet, Benny Goodman, the Beach Boys and more. Players are drawn from the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras, Broadway shows and major-label studio sessions.

Solid Brass Ensemble – Biographies

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Founded in 1982, SOLID BRASS is recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of the premier brass groups in the country. The members of the ensemble are some of the New York area’s finest musicians who have performed at Lincoln Center with the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera orchestras, NY City Ballet orchestra, numerous Broadway shows, and a host of appearances as orchestral and chamber musicians in the metropolitan area. SOLID BRASS has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society label, Dorian Recordings, Joseph Grado Signature Recordings and Craig Dory Recordings; and has appeared on NJN (PBS) TV’s “The State of the Arts”. Musical arrangements are being published in the SOLID BRASS SERIES of Art of Sound Music ( SOLID BRASS has been a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has performed in Mexico and Canada.

DOUGLAS D. HAISLIP (principal trumpet) is principal trumpet and co-founder of Solid Brass Ensemble. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lincoln Center Summer Ballet Orchestras, New Jersey Symphony, and the Colonial Symphony

CHARLES BUMCROT (trumpet) has appeared as soloist and guest artist with the New England Chamber Symphony. He performs with numerous New York orchestras including the Little Orchestra Society and the New York Choral Society. He teaches trumpet at Kean University and Montclair State University.

JASON BITONTI (trumpet) studied at New England Conservatory and Indiana University (Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance); principal trumpet, New Philharmonic of New Jersey and many other performance credits including Solid Brass Ensemble.

MICHAEL BLUTMAN (trumpet) enjoys a diverse career as a New York City freelance trumpeter and music educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the University of Maryland, some of his performing/recording credits include: Sting, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Jonathan Batiste Jazz Band, and Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera.

CARL DELLA PERUTI (trombone) is co-founder of Solid Brass Ensemble. He is a graduate of Ithaca College and The Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been awarded a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship in composition. He is a member of the Colonial Symphony. Carl has been trombone instructor at Rutgers University.

BRUCE EIDEM (trombone) is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Bruce is principal trombone in Shrek, and was in Gypsy, Crazy for You, and Big. He performed in Christmas Carol annually. Bruce is an expert in both classical and jazz idioms.

HANS MUHLER (trombone) is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Hans worked as a brass instrument designer for Yamaha Corporation and has developed his own instrument design and repair business. He frequently appears with many freelance orchestras throughout the metropolitan area.

DON HAYWARD (trombone) is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and is instructor of trombone at Columbia University. Don frequently plays on Broadway and was a Grammy Award nominee for Mario Bauza’s recording “994 Columbus”.

ADRIENNE OSTRANDER (percussion) is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music and has performed in several European festivals. Adrienne is the timpanist with the Princeton Symphony and performs with numerous ensembles in New York and New Jersey.

JANET LANTZ (horn) After receiving her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Juilliard, Janet became a member of the Westfield and Colonial Symphonies of New Jersey, the New York Chamber Soloists and has played for over 60 shows on Broadway including Phantom of the Opera.

JONATHAN FOWLER (tuba) Jonathan has received degrees from Rutgers and Temple Universities and the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music. He is the principal tuba player with the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Instructor of Low Brass at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Solid Brass Ensemble – Program

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Music to bring you to your feet! The art of the march and dance!
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Medieval Ceremonial Music – arr. Elizabeth DiSavino
Prince of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
Iveson – arr. by John
Sea Songs – Ralph Vaughn Williams, arr. D. Haislip
March of Les Toreadors, from Carmen –  Georges Bizet, arr. D. Haislip

Semper Fidelis – John Philip Sousa
Radetsky March – Johann Strauss arr. D. Haislip
Procession to the Cathedral, from Lohengrin – Richard Wagner, arr. D. Haislip


Renaissance Dances from “The Danserye” – Tylman Susato, arr. John Iveson

La Mourisque
Bransle Quatre Bransles
Basse Danse Bergeret
Ronde – Mon Amy
Pavane Battaille

Big Band Memories

I’m Just a Lucky So and So – arr.iCarl Della Peruti
Tuxedo Junction – arr. Carl Della Peruti

The Wrecking Crew

The Lonely Bull – Sol Lake, arr. D. Haislip
California Girls – The Beach Boys

Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury, arr. C. Della Peruti
Who Loves You Pretty Baby – Robert Gaudio and Judy Parker, arr. Carl Della Peruti

For more information about the ensemble, its music, and recordings, contact: Solid Brass, 5 Sunset Drive, Chatham, NJ 07928
tel/fax (973) 701-0674 e-mail

Post-concert reception: change of venue

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Please join us for a post-concert reception following the Sat., Nov. 18 Solid Brass Ensemble concert. In a change of locations, we’ll be in the Waterford Room at St. Brendan’s Inn, 234 S. Washington Street. Join us for complimentary snacks and cash bar.

Opera? Perhaps…

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Many years ago, Civic Music regularly booked recitals by Met superstars (Roberta Peters, Robert Merrill, Brigitte Nielsen) before fees and logistics intervened. Well, we’re now investigating whether we can honor a bit of that history by signing on as a potential co-sponsor to help this community stage (as early as 2018) the sort of semi-informal “opera in the park” summer concert that has proved popular in other Midwest cities. It would be a bonus addition to our five-show series. We’ll keep you posted.

Lovely arrangements

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Schroeder’s Flowers has long provided the floral decorations for our concert stage. Please thank them when you are there to shop.

Schroeder’s Flowers
1530 S. Webster Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54301

Dinner plans? Make them count.

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Remember ‘Dine to Donate’ every third Wednesday at the Perkin’s Restaurant at Military and Shawano, 5 to 8 p.m., with a share of all proceeds to Civic Music. Mark your calendars.

Wed, Nov. 15, 2017
Wed, Dec. 20, 2017
Wed, Jan. 17, 2018

Speaking of bonuses…

Monday, November 6th, 2017

President Chris Sampson and his wife, Carolyn, recently traveled to Menominee, MI for a River City Concert Association preview the Anderson & Roe piano duo we’ll feature in spring. Their report: Reciprocity is a good thing! The pianists were terrific, the Blesch Auditorium is a nice little venue, easy to find, and less than a 1-hour drive. It’s free if you’ve added your name to that night’s Brown County Civic Music pass list. Remaining dates include Forever Young musical theatre (02/06/18); Roy and Rosemary piano and violin (03/22/18); or the Glenn Miller Orchestra (04/24/18). Contact the Brown County Civic Music Association office at 920-338-1801 for ticket information.