Isthmus Brass – Program

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Earle of Oxford’s March, William Byrd (1543-1623), Arr. Elgar Howarth

Nutcracker Suite, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Arr. Roger Harvey

Miniature Overture
Arab Dance
Chinese Dance

In The Bleak Midwinter, Gustav Holst (1874-1934), Arr. Roger Harvey

Festive Cheer, Traditional, Arr. Roger Harvey

— Intermission —

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, George Wyle (1916-2003), Arr. David Cooper

Three Carols, Arr. Roger Harvey

On Christmas Night, Traditional English Carol
Gabriel’s Message, Traditional Basque Carol
I Saw Three Ships, Traditional English Carol

Grown-Up Christmas List, David Foster (b. 1949), Featuring Abby Nichols, Vocalist

Mele Kalikimaka, R. Alex Anderson (1894-1995), Arr. Mike Forbes
Featuring Alan Carr, Bass Trombone as Bing Crosby
And Trombonists, Mark Hetzler, Dylan-Chmura Moore, and Mike Dugan
as the Andrew Sisters

Santa Baby, Joan Javits & Philip Springer, Arr. Iain Maxwell & David Cooper
Featuring Dave Cooper, Flugelhorn

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Richard Storrs Willis (1819-1900), Arr. Roger Harvey
Featuring the Trombone Section

Frosty the Snowman, Jack Rollins (1906-1973), Arr. Mike Forbes
Featuring Keith Lienert, Drums


John Stevens, UW-Madison (Emeritus)

John Aley, UW-Madison & Madison Symphony Orchestra
Dave Cooper, UW-Platteville & Madison Symphony Orchestra
Edward Hong, UW-Whitewater & Copper Street Brass Quintet
Jon Schipper, Madisalsa & Phat Phunktion

Ricardo Almeida, Madison Symphony Orchestra

Mark Hetzler, UW-Madison
Dylan Chmura-Moore, UW-Oshkosh
Mike Dugan, UW-Whitewater
Alan Carr, Concordia University Wisconsin

Mike Forbes, UW-La Crosse & La Crosse Symphony

Keith Lienert, UW-Platteville

Christmas Smiles

We have joined a new program, AmazonSmile, that lets you help Brown County Music Association while shopping on Amazon. Why not use AmazonSmile when you do online holiday shopping – and online shopping year-round? With AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations you select. Here’s all you need to do to support Brown County Civic Music Association when you shop at AmazonSmile:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your regular Amazon username and password.
  3. Select Brown County Civic Music Association.
  4. Shop like usual.

Dine to Donate—Perkins Restaurants

Perkins Restaurants will donate 10% of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. to the Brown County Civic Music Association on the following designated evenings starting Wednesday, December 17.

  • The first and third Thursdays of each month at
    Perkins on South Oneida in Ashwaubenon
    2800 S Oneida St, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
    (920) 592-0747
  • The third Wednesday of each month
    Perkins on the corner of Military and Shawano in West Green Bay
    100 N Military Ave, Green Bay, WI 54303
    (920) 499-7747

Tell your family, friends, and neighbors to take a break and have dinner at Perkins. You do not need to identify yourself as a Civic Music member. All diners are included in the donation! We could be in for some delicious fundraising results, and you can make it happen!

Classics by Request

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on WPNE (FM) 89.3, WPR host Ruthanne Bessman plays listener’s classical requests on Classics by Request.

Listeners can submit their requests online at or call in toll free during the show at 800-442-7106. This is a great chance to get the word out about Brown County Civic Music Association and hear Isthmus Brass perform by requesting something from their CD, “Isthmus Brass Christmas” (Summit Records), which will be on sale at our concert. Some recordings on it are: “Fum, Fum, Fum,” “Fantasy on Ukrainian Bell Carol” “Trepak” (from “Nutcracker”), “Silent Night” and “What Child is This.” Be sure to mention that Isthmus Brass will be performing in Green Bay at the Ralph Holter Auditorium, West High School, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 13.