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   Where Milwaukee musicians take center stage!   

The November 8 musicians will include:

Ben Piette and Friends

including 2019 High School Competition winner, saxophonist Casimir Riley

@ 6:00 PM and 8:45 PM

Milwaukee Trombone Quartet

with CIVIC MUSIC board member Kent Tess-Mattner

@ 6:30 PM

The Yardbird Ensemble

featuring current scholarship recipients, Adyn Hamann and Kue Xiong

@ 7:15 PM

West Allis West Milwaukee Shining Strings

led by Mary Pat Michels, 2015 Educator Award recipient

@ 8:00 PM

WAWM Shining Strings
West Allis-West Milwaukee Shining Strings

The West Allis-West Milwaukee Shining Strings are a string ensemble made up of WAWM School District orchestra students in grades 7-12. This ensemble gives highly motivated string players the opportunity to perform music of a level that is more advanced than music performed in their respective school orchestras. Shining Strings provides a unique mentor program between high school and intermediate school aged string players and gives all students a true sense of belonging. 

Milwaukee Trombone Quartet
Milwaukee Trombone 4tet

The Milwaukee Trombone Quartet is part of the Milwaukee Trombone Choir.  The Milwaukee Trombone Choir rehearses weekly during the summer and performs two concerts annually at the end of summer.  Its members come from trombone sections in many Milwaukee area bands and orchestras, including Concord Chamber Orchestra, Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra, Knightwind Wind Ensemble, Command Performance Big Band, Jazz Express, and the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band.  The members of this quartet are (from left to right) Kent Tess-Mattner, Stephen Trenier, Peter Thompson, and Mark Gerard.

Ben Piette and Friends
Ben and Friends
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Ben Piette and Friends consists of Casimir Riley (saxophone,) Connor Dugan (bass,) Tael Estremara (piano,) Corynn Latta (vocals,) and Ben Piette (drums.) They are Milwaukee-based musicians who have been playing together for a little over a year and typically focus on jazz “standards” (tunes from the jazz canon which are played regularly and jazz musicians are expected to know) but oftentimes with a contemporary twist. The group has played around Milwaukee at notable venues such as The Ivy House, Riverwest Pizza, The Oconomowoc Lake Club, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Vendetta Coffee, to name a few. The majority of the group has yet to graduate college, which provides good reason for the local music community to be excited and energized about the next generation of players.

The Yardbird Ensemble

The Yardbird Ensemble, is a jazz quartet that meets every Wednesday at the Jazz Gallery to rehearse as a combo led by trumpeter and educator Eric Jacobson through the Milwaukee Jazz Institute. Specializing in standards written by composers and players such as Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, and Miles Davis, they have performed around the Milwaukee area at events such as the Bayview Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day, and have opened for the Benny Benack quartet. The members of this quartet are Adyn Hamann, 

saxophone, Henry Blaney, piano, Zander Gibbons, drums, and Kue Xiong, bass.

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