Lakeshore Symphonic Band Features Young Artist May 15

May 5, 2011

One is a successful jazz musician in New York. Another is working with the World Health Organization helping to stave off disease in such far off places as Sri Lanka. Yet another is a Ph.D. in electrical engineering with his own software company. Many are educators (primarily of music) around the country. Accountants, medical professionals, business people, and others round out this group of 30+ individuals.


What does this diverse group, most from the local area and all from the greater Milwaukee area, have in common? All have been winners of the Young Artists Competition sponsored by the Lakeshore Symphonic Band (LSB).


The local area band, as a part of celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, which concludes with a concert Sunday May 15 at 4 pm at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, has been researching the life paths of previous years’ Young Artist winners.


For the last 27 years, the area band has sponsored an audition that allows the successful entrant to perform a concerto with the band in a public concert. Some years there have been multiple winners, thus the more than 30 individuals.


Joining this honor roll of young musical performers at the May 15 concert will be this year’s winner trombonist Thomas Bagin. The 16-year-old from Hubertus started playing trombone in third grade, originally teaching himself(!). Formal lessons in fourth grade followed. It has been all uphill from there. He is currently a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Symphony, his church’s orchestra, and numerous other area musical ensembles.


Bagin will be performing the Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant. The winner of the Young Artist Competition, in addition to performing with the Lakeshore Symphonic Band, receives a non-restricted scholarship.


The LSB is a non-profit adult concert band consisting of members hailing primarily from Ozaukee, Washington, and northern Milwaukee county areas.


The music program for Sunday’s performance will include a section listing short bios of previous Young Artist winners from its inception in 1984 through to the present.


The trombone concerto and prior year Young Artists sketches will not be the only highlights of the May 15 concert. As a part of the 35th anniversary the band will present the world premier of a commissioned piece of music and will feature at the podium its two longest serving alumni conductors.


Handling the baton May 15 will be Dr. Albert (Bud) Asch, LSB conductor from 1977 to 1996, and Dr. Lou Menchaca, conductor from 1996 to 2004. Asch is retired director of music at UW-Washington County and founder of Washington County’s Moraine Symphony Orchestra. Menchaca is musical director at Concordia University.


Also introduced at the concert, in a symbolic handing off of the baton, will be the LSB’s new director, Clay Wachholz. Wachholz is currently band director at Cedarbug High School and has directed diverse musical ensembles here and in Europe.


The musical premier will be The Esquire, an English-style march by Texas composer David Lovrien. The piece was commissioned in honor of the late James Kenny, saxophonist and long-time LSB member who died in 2010. Lovrien and his music were particular favorites of Kenny.


Also featured on the playbill will be Danza Sinfonica, a dazzling bravura-packed Spanish flavored piece, a wild Russian ride with the Colas Breugnon Overture, the ever-popular First Suite in Eb for Military Band by Gustav Holst, and the Vanity Fair comedic overture.


Tickets for the concert, $5 per person, are available from LSB members and will be available at the door.


A partial listing of former Young Artist Competition winners and their home towns includes:


David Sharp, piano, Cedarburg;

Elizabeth McCurdy, flute, Kewaskum;

Kathy Rodriguez, oboe, Grafton;

Scott Schulz, clarinet, Hartford;

Jamie Simmons, trumpet, West Bend;

Denise Law, clarinet, Grafton;

Ron Golmer, clarinet, Germantown;

Michelle Pieper, piano, West Bend;

Jennifer Binnery, flute, Sussex;

Melissa McCann, clarinet, Port Washington;

Gregory Garcia, trumpet, Port Washington;

Jenni Kacmarcik, flute, Hartford;

Joel Snavely, saxophone, Whitefigh Bay;

Mark Martin, euphonium, West Bend;

Amanda Baker, flute, Germantown;

Aaron master, saxophone, Whitefish Bay;

Michelle Ansay, flute, Saukeville;

Glen Dimick, tuba, Cedarburg;

Amanda Miller, French horn, Cedarburg;

Amy Casper, flute, Saukville;

Jenny Sengpiel, oboe, Germantown;

Sarah Hibard, flute, Greenfield;

Noal Johnson, clarinet, Hartford;

Philip Dizack, trumpet, River Hills;

Beth Delorit, flute, Grafton


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