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Changes announced for Lakeshore Wind Ensemble/Big Band

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) and Lakeshore Big Band (LBB) have announced changes for the remainder of their concert seasons. Dr. Marc Sackman will conduct the LWE/LBB “Pops” Concert on January 16, 2016, the “Winds of March” concert on March 5, 2016, and the “Concert Con” performance on May 7, 2016. Paul Sucherman will conduct the Lakeshore Big Band Concert on April 9, 2016.

Dr. Sackman has been Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at UW-Fox Valley Valley, for 11 years. Prior to coming to the UW Colleges, he served as conductor of the Rutgers Alumni Wind Symphony, Director of Bands at Alfred University in Alfred, NY and Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Sackman has performed in a wide range of musical ensembles and settings, from the Opera at Rutgers and Rutgers Summerfest Orchestra to chamber music to jazz and Irish folk music. In addition to his degrees in music, he holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Rutgers College. After graduating from Rutgers, he continued his musical studies as a Flute Performance major at the University of Illinois. He then studied in Paris and Munich while pursuing a successful freelancing career. He returned to the U.S. to further his studies at The Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University), where he earned a Master’s and Doctorate in Flute Performance. Sackman plays flute with the Appleton City Band, Riverside Wind Trio, flute and piccolo with Vento Winds, and also serves as assistant director and plays flute and alto flute with the Fox Valley Flute Choir. He was a guest soloist at the LWE’s “Music of the Masters” concert on October 17.

Sucherman has served as an Associate Lecturer of Music at UW-Sheboygan for five years. He is the eldest son of two prominent Chicago performers and has two younger brothers who are both professional musicians (one as the drummer with acclaimed rock band STYX). After attending Northwestern University Prep School and DePaul University, he moved to Wisconsin to pursue theatrical directing, composing and arranging. Sucherman has worked on cruise ships and Mississippi Paddleboats, the main stage of the Sahara in Las Vegas, in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as all over the U.S. He has worked with or shared stages with Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie, Reba McIntyre, Tim Allen, Pete Barbutti, Glenn Ash, Peewee Kershaw, and more. He routinely performs with Tony-nominated singer/actor Gregg Edelman and Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show. Sucherman has arranged strings for two Grammy award winning albums, and has arranged music for countless acts on cruise ships and nightclubs. He has been active in regional musical theatre directing countless shows and performs around the Midwest approximately 120-150 days a year.

UW-Manitowoc’s Arendt to Retire as Conductor

Michael J. Arendt, Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, has announced his intent to resign as conductor of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) and Lakeshore Big Band (LBB) when the 2013-2014 concert season concludes in May 2014.

“For decades, Professor Arendt has personified music at UW-Manitowoc and throughout the Manitowoc region and beyond,” says Charles Clark, Campus Executive Officer/Dean. “We have been fortunate that he has continued as conductor and director of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and the Lakeshore Big Band, as well as an instructor at UW-Manitowoc, since his retirement as Professor of Music several years ago.  I am very happy for Mike and our community that he will lead the LWE to its 30th anniversary.”

Arendt retired from teaching after 35 years in May 2006, but has continued to lead the LWE and LBB, groups he founded in 1983 and 1990 respectively.

Music Under the Stars, Summer Concert in Two Rivers Central Park

UW-Manitowoc’s Lakeshore Wind Ensemble will its 2013 summer concert tour with a performance in Two Rivers on Sunday, July 28th, at 7:00 p.m. The ensemble’s other summer concerts were performed in Manitowoc’s sister city, Kamogawa, Japan, and in Tokyo in June. The concert program will be similar to those performed in Japan. The July 28th concert will mark the fifteenth annual appearance by the wind ensemble in the Two Rivers Music Under the Stars series. The free concert, conducted by the ensemble’s founder and music director Professor Michael J. Arendt, will be narrated by Lee Davis. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Hamilton Community House.

This summer’s concert is titled “On the Road with the LWE.” Joining the ensemble will be vocal soloists Kim Hofmann and David Bourgeois.

The Lakeshore Wind Ensemble will begin with “The Star Spangled Banner.” Joining the wind ensemble for our national anthem will be the vocal soloists.

Included in the evening’s program will be “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed and “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins. “Highlights from Music Man,” arranged by Alfred Reed, is a medley of tunes including “Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Till There Was You,” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”  There will be two selections included in the program by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, “Seventeen Come Sunday,” a march from his “English Folk Song Suite,” and “Sea Songs.” Assistant Conductor David Bourgeois will conduct the ensemble in “Sea Songs,” which includes three traditional English sailing melodies, “Princess Royal,” “Admiral Benbow,” and “Portsmouth.”

Vocal soloist Kim Hofmann will be featured in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” originally sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, and vocal soloist David Bourgeois will be featured in the ballad “Blue Moon.” They will both be featured in the medley “Selections from My Fair Lady, which includes “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”

“Big Band Spectacular,” an arrangement by John Higgins, includes “In the Mood,” “Ciribiribin,” “Satin Doll,” and Count Basie’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.”

Marches hold a special place in summer concerts in the park, and the wind ensemble will continue that tradition with marches by Henry Fillmore and John Philip Sousa. The Fillmore selections include “His Honor March” and Americans We March,” and Sousa’s compositions include “The Fairest of the Fair March” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Also included in the concert is a poignant work which was performed in Japan. The title  is ”Hana Wa Saku,” or “Flowers Will Bloom” It was published one year after the devastating tsunami hit Japan, and it serves as a commemoration of that event. The song will be sung by vocal soloists Kim Hofmann and David Bourgeois.

The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Central Park in Two Rivers. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Hamilton Community Center. Park benches will be available, or attendees may bring lawn chairs.

Lakeshore Wind Ensemble to mark sister city anniversary with trip to Japan

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) has announced that the group will be travelling to Japan to perform in June 2013.  The trip will include a performance in Manitowoc’s sister city, Kamogawa, which the group also visited during a 1995 trip.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker acknowledged the significance of the trip. “Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Kamogawa in Chiba Prefecture, Wisconsin's sister state,” he remarked.  “As we look to build on this partnership I would like to thank the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and others for traveling to Japan celebrate the 20th anniversary.”

The former mayor of Kamogawa, Toshio Honda, invited the LWE to return as part of the 20thanniversary celebration.  Approximately 40 musicians are expected to participate in the trip and performances are tentatively scheduled in Kamogawa, Chiba City, and at Tokyo’s Disneyland.

“The UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble truly embodies the Wisconsin Idea – extending the campus borders across their community, the state and around the globe,” said Kevin Reilly, UW System President.  “I congratulate the group and its conductor, Professor Michael J. Arendt, on their invitation to perform and extend my sincere best wishes for a successful tour.”

According to Arendt, “This trip is a great opportunity for the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble to strengthen Manitowoc’s sister city relationship while we also commemorate our own 30thanniversary.” 

The UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble was founded in 1983 by Arendt and is comprised of both student and community members.  The group currently has more than 90 members and is known as one of the Lakeshore’s premier musical groups. More information about the LWE can be found online at and

Assistant Director Named

Professor Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band, has announced that Anthony Bauer will serve as assistant conductor of the Lakeshore Big Band.

Mr. Bauer is a member of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band alto saxophone sections. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, and has a Wisconsin Music Educator’s License. He has taught music in several Wisconsin school districts, has taught in afterschool classes in New York City, math skills in the Valders summer school program, and with the summer Americorps Vista with Preschools of Hope in Madison, Wisconsin, working  to boost students’ literacy and math skills. He received certification after participation in International Teacher Training, and completed multiple Spanish courses at UW-Madison from 2008-2009, continuing his Spanish studies via private lessons. From October, 2010 through March, 2012, he taught English to adult students in Santiago, Chile,

An accomplished musician, Mr. Bauer has performed on tenor and alto saxophone in numerous musical venues ranging from small clubs to large theaters.  He has played in jazz groups, blues groups, rock bands, concerts bands, and salsa and meringue groups. As a counselor at the 2007 UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic he designed and taught a jazz course as well as a saxophone methods class. From 2005 to the present he has had a private studio, working with students on saxophone technique, performance technique, music theory composition, and improvisation.

Professor Arendt commented, “I am thrilled to have someone with Anthony’s expertise available to assist me with the Lakeshore Big Band. With the help of David Bourgeois as Vocal Director and Anthony’s skill, I’m excited that the LBB will continue to grow and evolve as a major musical force in the area.

Neustadter to Compose Piece for LWE Aniversary Season

Professor Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of UW-Manitowoc’s Lakeshore Wind Ensemble has announced that the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association has commissioned a work by Garth Neustadter to be performed by the wind ensemble during its 30th anniversary concert season, 2013-2014. Professor Arendt stated that the commission was awarded to Mr. Neustadter at this early date in consideration of his active academic and professional schedules.  He is a graduate student at Yale University, pursuing his master’s degree, and has won numerous awards for his compositions, most notable the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for his score for the PBS documentary “John Muir in the New World.

As a high school student at Lutheran High School in Manitowoc, Garth won the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association’s Young Artist Competition twice. He won the high school division with an alto saxophone solo in November of 2001, and performed the solo with the wind ensemble at its “Winds of March” concert in 2002. In November, 2003, he auditioned on piano and again won the high school division, performing with the ensemble in March of 2004. Garth was also a member of the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Big Band’s saxophone section during the 2003-2004 concert season.

Commenting on the announcement, Arendt said: “I’m really excited about this project.  I’m looking forward to consulting with him regarding the type and scope of the work.  To have a work commissioned by the LWEA by someone of Garth’s expertise is in itself phenomenal, let alone his ties to our community, makes it even more meaningful.”