Thursday, June 30
The Lighthouse Big Band was organized in the fall of 2003 through the efforts of local musician and business owner Jim Arthur, with help from Dick Wehner, Brian Lydeen, and other area big band enthusiasts. The 18-piece band attracts top-notch musicians from throughout Central Wisconsin. While its primary purpose is to keep big band jazz alive with twice-monthly, theme-based, free rehearsal/performances, the Lighthouse Big Band also performs at private and public events, and is vested in jazz education. The band serves as Artists in Residence and is a Resident Ensemble at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts.
A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music. The band often features guest artists within their theme nights.
The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev. The Lighthouse Big Band recently performed at the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival as the culmination of their six event series of Jazz Appreciation Month presentations during the month of April.
Val Sigal, Accordionist will be the opening act for Lighthouse Big Band. Val Sigal is college-trained musician in both Classical and Ethnic European performing arts. Originally from Siberia, Val has played accordion all his life. He is well versed with all major styles including Polkas, American standards, Italian, Latin, French, Russian, German; even Ukrainian and Klezmer; and more.
Allstate Insurance—Penny Zagel
Greywolf Foundation, Inc./Rincón 225
Landmark Credit Union
The Lutz Family Foundation
Schnorenberg’s Floor Covering, Inc.
Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home
Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
Faith & Giggles Gift Shop
GFWC Hartford Women’s Club
Mantz Automation, Inc.
State Farm—Alan Jordan
Vickney & Associates
Wisconsin Auto Museum