| The Lake Country's
Sterling & Brass quintet is brushing up on their rendition of
"Hail to the Chief."|
|Wayne Fraederich, Chuck
Kuhtz, Stan Laasch, Jack Schulze and Todd Wenzel have, since 1996,
become well known as Sterling & Brass.|
During that time they
have played at Nixon Park's summer concerts, on area lakes and at
weddings, corporate, family and civic functions, festivals, parades
and religious ceremonies.
But they have a special gig on Feb. 11.
The occasion? They've
been chosen to play for President Bush when he appears for Gov.
Scott McCallum's fundraiser at Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel.
excited," said Schulze after learning that Sterling & Brass was
chosen for the honor.
Although not knowing the final details for
their big night, Schulze said he expects to play background music
for the reception.
He said the event calls for a VIP reception to
precede the highlight of the evening - a 7 p.m. dinner at which Bush
is scheduled to speak.
"We plan to get there about 4:30," said
Schulze. "We may end up coming earlier if the Secret Service goes
through our stuff."
Although plans for the presidential visit are
not finalized, Schultz said he has learned, "we'll be fed," which is
something to toot about considering the event is a $1,000-a-plate
and his cohorts, who all hail from the Lake Country area and have at
one time been members of the Hartland Community Band, plan to play
background music. "We do a little Dixieland jazz and some classical
music," said the trombone player, who works as a consultant for
Imperial Crown Marketing in Hartland.
The quintet is also known for audience-pleasing
styles of baroque, ragtime and swing. They've even played polkas.
Schulze is a member of
the 132nd Army Band of the Wisconsin National Guard which, like the
Marine Corps Band is considered the president's band, is considered
the governor's band.
It was through that organization that Schulze
was able to volunteer Sterling & Brass for the big gig a week
stems from the job we played for the governor back in September,"
Schulze explained. He said the group played for the September 11th
Fund at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.
"I made some contacts
when I heard Bush was coming," he went on.
Through the miracle of
the World Wide Web, an aide to the governor heard sound clips of
Sterling & Brass music and learned about the musicians.
"We do a lot of things
for the governor," Schulze added.
Their varied routine, he said, includes "some
Glen Miller and Duke Ellington. We'll probably mix in some patriot
music like 'America the Beautiful' and 'You're a Grand Old
& Brass' repertoire ranges from classic to contemporary music.
All the members have a diversified, impressive background as
makes his home in Hartland as does Kuhtz, who is an investment
representative and certified financial planner with Edward Jones in
Hartland. Kuhtz plays the trumpet.
Fraederich, the group's arranger, plays the
French horn. The Oconomowoc resident teaches instrumental and
general music in the Pewaukee school system.
Laasch, an Iowa
native, plays the tuba. The certified public accountant plans to
move from Brookfield to a home he and his wife, Carla, are building
Wenzel, a Delafield resident, owns Heartland
Software Development Inc. When not specializing in Microsoft
technologies, he plays the trumpet.
Are all Sterling & Brass members Bush
four of us are," replied Schulze.
But to borrow from the song, "Chances Are,"
they'll all undoubtedly be Bush backers the night of Feb.
|©Lake Country Reporter 2002
For more information or to reserve Sterling & Brass for
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