Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Directors: Milwaukee Festival Brass

As you know, Dr. Patricia Backhaus completed her tenure as Music Director of the Milwaukee Festival Brass last June. The MFB now has announced two co-directors for the 2011-2012 season.

Dr. Martin Rowden of Milwaukee will direct the October 23 concert at the Schwan Concert Hall of Wisconsin Lutheran College. He is currently the Music and Arts Director for the Salvation Army's Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division. He has extensive brass band experience as a cornet player and conductor in the US and in Australia.

Dr. Mark Taylor, from Lake Forest IL, has most recently been Associate Conductor of the University of North Texas Brass, the Director of Bands at Loyola University, as well as a long time percussionist and Board Member of the Chicago Brass Band.

In addition to these two co-directors, the MFB announced it's new Director for the Milwaukee Festival Youth Brass. He is Dr. Walter Rich of Brookfield. Dr. Rich conducts the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony, the Oconomowoc American Legion Band, and is Principle Tubist with the Sheboygan Symphony.

To learn more of these appointments, or more about the Milwaukee Festival Brass, check out their web site. And more on the MFB October concert next week!

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