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

Isthmus Brass Ensemble

Season Listing | Program | Biography
Isthmus Brass Ensemble

Something special from Wisconsin! Directed by brass icon John Stevens, Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble.  The players are a who’s who of University of Wisconsin professors, prominent music alumni and members of professional orchestras and ensembles. Established in 2009, the ensemble began with a series of Christmas concerts and soon took off, invited to perform in concert series and music festivals throughout the Midwest. Last year’s CD release, An Isthmus Brass Christmas, was warmly received. The repertoire spans Renaissance to Big Band Jazz.

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