JEFF PIETRANGELO  (TRUMPET)  GRADUATED FROM LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY IN APPLETON, WISCONSIN

GRADUATING WITH A BACHELOR OF MUSIC OF EDUCATION DEGREE. HE PERFORMED NATIONALLY WITH THE JAZZ GROUP “MATRIX,” RECORDING ALBUMS FOR WARNER BROS., RCA, AND PABLO. MR. PIETRANGELO  ALSO HAS PERFORMED WITH THE LIKES OF FRANK SINATRA JR., LIBERACE, JOHNNY MATHIS, BEN VEREEN, AND DOC SEVERINSON, TO NAME A FEW. ALSO, MR. PIETRANGELO DID STUDIO RECORDINGS, INCLUDING TAPINGS FOR THE FIRESIDE DINNER THEATRE. MR. PIETRANGELO ALSO TAUGHT PRIVATELY IN THE MILWAUKEE  AREA

The Late Great Jeff Pietrangelo will forever be an honorary member of our ensemble. This humble super-player graciously and selflessly helped all. His unwavering warmth and humility is something we all should strive to achieve. Although he has left us prematurely, he will ALWAYS be in our hearts, playing so beautifully as his Trumpet calls the sunshine.

JIM RYAN (Drums) HAS BEEN PLAYING DRUMS AND PERFORMING REGIONALLY SINCE HE WAS A TEENAGER AND IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE WORKED WITH ALLEN VIZUTTI, BOBBY SHEW, DAVE MANCINI, STEVE FIDYK, AND THE LEGENDARY LOUIE BELLSON. JIM HAS SERVED AS CLINICIAN WITH WAUWATOSA WEST HIGH SCHOOL, LAKE MILLS HIGH SCHOOL, WAUKESHA NORTH, WEST, AND SOUTH HIGH SCHOOLS, CATHOLIC MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL AND WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE.  CURRENTLY, JIM PERFORMS WITH JAZZ EXPRESS BIG BAND, THE JEFF LABARGE BIG BAND EXPLOSION, AND THE ELLEN WINTERS GROUP AMONG OTHERS.  HE RETIRED FROM MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AFTER 32 YEARS OF TEACHING AND NOW KEEPS BUSY FREELANCING AND MAINTAINING A PRIVATE DRUM INSTRUCTION STUDIO.

JEFF LABARGE (Tenor Sax) JEFF has BEEN PERFORMING AROUND THE MIDWEST FOR OVER 25 YEARS  HE HAS PERFORMED WITH LOUIS BELLSON, DAVE PELL, URBIE GREEN, JIM PUGH, CHRIS VADALA, WARREN KIME, ALLEN VIZZUTTI, MICHAEL AMANTE, DON RICKLES, VAUGHN NARK AND THE SHARON LYNN WILSON CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA ALONG WITH MANY GROUPS IN WISCONSIN. JEFF, ALONG WITH HIS PERFORMING, IS KNOWN FOR HIS COMPOSING AND ARRANGING SKILLS AND LEADING HIS OWN BANDS SWING EXPLOSION AND THE JAZZ ALIVE ORCHESTRA

JOHN BABBITT (Double Bass) JOHN BABBITT GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE WITH A MASTERS DEGREE IN PERFORMANCE ON DOUBLEBASS. HE HAS WORKED THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST PERFORMING WITH THE MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, THE MILWAUKEE BALLET ORCHESTRA, THE FLORENTINE OPERA, THE SKYLIGHT OPERA THEATRE, THE MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATRE, PRESENT MUSIC, THE WISCONSIN WIND SYMPHONY AND THE WISCONSIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. HE HAS ALSO WORKED EXTENSIVELY IN THE JAZZ FIELD WORKING WITH CHUCK HEDGES, JACK GRASSEL, ROGER BROTHERHOOD, STAS VENGLEVSKI AND THE CHRIS MARIANI BAND. MR. BABBITT IS ALSO ACTIVE AS A TEACHER. HE IS CURRENTLY ON THE FACULTY OF CARROLL UNIVERSITY, THE WISCONSIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, THE MILWAUKEE YOUTH SYMPHONY AND THE LATINO ARTS STRING PROGRAM.

SAM STEFFKE (Piano) THREE TIME WAMI AWARD WINNING PIANIST, SAM STEFFKE IS A GRADUATE OF BOSTON’S BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC. WHILE THERE, SAM WORKED STEADILY WITH MANY AREA MUSICIANS, INCLUDING RICK STEPTON, A VETERAN OF THE BUDDY RICH BAND. SAM HAS ALSO HAD THE HONOR OF ACCOMPANYING SUCH HEAVY-HITTING HORNMEN AS JAZZ TRUMPET VIRTUOSO BRIAN LYNCH, "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" TROMBONIST TOM "BONES" MALONE. IN ADDITION, HE HAS RECORDED PIANO TRACKS FOR THE COMPANION CDS OF "SIGNATURE LICKS" PIANO BOOKS BY THE HAL LEONARD PUBLISHING CORPORATION, INCLUDING "BEN FOLDS FIVE" AND "BEST OF BEBOP PIANO." SAM ALSO MAINTAINS A TEACHING PRACTICE FOR ALL AGES AND ALL LEVELS!

PAUL BROZOWSKI (Trombone) A VERSATILE ARTIST AND CLINICIAN, PAUL BROZOWSKI CURRENTLY PERFORMS TROMBONE THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN WISCONSIN WITH VARIOUS ENSEMBLES RANGING IN STYLES

FROM CLASSICAL TO JAZZ. HE HAS ALSO COMPOSED AND ARRANGED BRASS MUSIC FOR THE NORDIC BRASS

QUINTET AND HIS LOCAL CHURCH. HE HAS PERFORMED WITH CHRIS MARIANI, ERIC BENET, MILWAUKEE JAZZ ORCHESTRA, OSHKOSH SYMPHONY, WAUKESHA SYMPHONY, WISCONSIN WIND ORCHESTRA, WAUKESHA CHORAL UNION, AS WELL AS NUMEROUS OTHER JAZZ AND VARIETY ENSEMBLES.

 JOHN ROSE (Trumpet) A MILWAUKEE NATIVE, JOHN STUDIED APPLIED TRUMPET AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC STUDY AT TANGLEWOOD WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS EMPIRE BRASS QUINTET. HE HAS PERFORMED PROFESSIONALLY THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS. ACCOMPLISHED IN BOTH JAZZ AND CLASSICAL STYLES, HE HAS PERFORMED WITH MANY OF THE BIG BANDS, THEATRICAL GROUPS, ORCHESTRAS AND CHAMBER GROUPS IN SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. HE ALSO HAS PERFORMED WITH SUCH OUTSTANDING NATIONAL ACTS AS JOEL GREY, FRANKIE VALLI, THE SPINNERS AND THE JIMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA. MILWAUKEE AREA GROUPS JOHN HAS PERFORMED WITH INCLUDE THE ALLSTAR SUPERBAND, THE WILSON CENTER BIG BAND, THE JAZZ EXPRESS, AND SWING EXPLOSION, AS WELL AS LEADING HIS OWN BIG BAND, BIG SWING FACE.

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