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Isthmus Brass Member Biographies
John Stevens (conductor) has enjoyed a varied career as a teacher, orchestral, chamber music, solo and jazz performer and recording artist, composer/arranger, conductor and administrator. He is a former Director of the School of Music and former Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin Madison. John retired from teaching in 2014 and is a prolific composer, especially for brass. John can be heard on his solo album, Reverie
Dave Cooper (trumpet) is widely recognized as one of the most versatile trumpets players in the Midwest. His performing affiliations include the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the New Breed Jazz Quintet, The Art Blakey Tribute Band, The Tim Whalen Nonet, and the Isthmus Brass. He is the Chair of the Music Department and Associate Professor of Trumpet at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He can be heard on his albums on his blog page: AllThingsTrumpet.com
Don Sipe (trumpet) is a member of Present Music, Stained Glass Brass, the Wilson Center Big Band, and the Milwaukee Brass Quintet. He teaches trumpet at Carroll University and conducts the Brass Choir at the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music credits include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble, the Chicago Brass Quintet, the Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble and the Summit Brass.
Jon Schipper (trumpet) is an extremely active performer and educator in the Midwest. He has performed with these artists on tour or in concert: Frank Sinatra, Jr., Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, John Tesh, Don Rickles, Clay Aiken, Cheap Trick, Jon Faddis, Wayne Bergeron, and The Nelson Riddle Orchestra. During the 1990's, Jon was a featured soloist with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He regularly performs with many local groups including Madisalsa and Phat Phunktion, Jon is Director of Bands and chairs the music department at Madison Country Day School in Waunakee, WI.
Brent Turney is the newest edition to the Isthmus Brass and performs regularly throughout the Midwest with groups such as the Milwaukee Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson and Aretha Franklin. He is a popular soloist and clinician with high schools, colleges, and jazz festivals throughout the Midwest. Brent has performed in 49 states and 20 countries. Currently Brent is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Ricardo Almeida (horn) is a member of the horn section of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and 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 and a new Albany Records release of music by Alec Wilder.
Mark Hetzler (trombone) was born in Sarasota, Florida in 1968 and began playing his father's trombone at the age of twelve. He received degrees from Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Mark was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. As a member of the Empire Brass Quintet from 1996-2012, Mark recorded on the Telarc label, was featured on numerous live television and radio performances and concertized on five continents in eighteen countries. Mark has released seven solo recordings on the Summit Records label. His eighth recording They Said... (due out in March 2015) is a studio venture which features his experimental rock/jazz ensemble Sinister Resonance. Former Principal Trombone of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Mark has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Florida Orchestra. He is the Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet.
Dylan Chmura-Moore (trombone) is Assistant Professor of Music at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he teaches trombone and serves as Director of Orchestral Activities, conducting the University Symphony Orchestra. Dylan has recently performed with Madison Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Dal Niente, and Con Vivo!. Dylan can be heard on Mode, Summit, EuroArts, Albany, TZADIK, and the Accentus record label.
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 the founder and leader of the Isthmus Brass and is currently the Principal Tubist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and a tuba/euphonium professor at UW-La Crosse. He is also a founding member of the internationally recognized Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet and can also occasionally be heard as the tubist with the “Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band” on A Prairie Home Companion. A prolific writer, Mike’s arrangements and compositions (especially for brass and wind band) are regularly played around the world. He can be heard his Summit Records solo albums, Forbes Plays Forbes and Forbes Plays Koetsier, or with Sotto Voce on their five albums.
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.