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Isthmus Brass

Isthmus Brass

Brass music during the holidays is steeped in American tradition. Think of the holiday classic A Christmas Story and try to imagine it without the Salvation Army Brass Band.

“It’s not the holidays unless I hear a brass group” said Mike Forbes, co-founder and tuba player for Isthmus Brass.

Wisconsin's premier large brass ensemble returns!

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Friday, December 11
Performance 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm

Ticket: $20 ($12 for Friends of THELMA)
Student: $10 ($6 for Friends of THELMA)
Bistro Table for 4: $100 ($60 for Friends of THELMA)
Pub Table for 2: $60 ($36 for THELMA members)

Friends of THELMA receive 40% off



Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410 or stopping at the THELMA Box Office, 51 Sheboygan St., Downtown Fond du Lac. 

About Isthmus Brass

Under the direction of brass-icon, John Stevens, and comprised of some of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the ISTHMUS BRASS is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble.

Established in 2009, the Isthmus Brass was formed in Madison when some of the best and busiest brass players in the area looked for a way to collaborate and perform together. They initially decided on a course of performing charitable Christmas Concerts especially for Porchlight, Inc. of Dane County (a benefit organization for the homeless). From there they have stepped on to the international stage; especially with a critically acclaimed Summit Records recording, “Isthmus Brass Christmas.”  

Often played on Satellite radio this recording is considered “…one of the best Christmas albums out there” according to Barry Kilpatrick (American Record Guide). The group is now active year-round and regularly presents masterclasses and concerts of varying styles and repertoire throughout the Midwest.  


John Stevens, UW-Madison (Emeritus)


John Aley, UW-Madison & Madison Symphony Orchestra
David Cooper, UW-Platteville, Madison Symphony Orchestra
Jon Schipper, Country Day School
Brent Turney, UW-Stevens Point


Ricardo Almeida, Madison Symphony Orchestra


Dylan Chmura-Moore, UW-Oshkosh
Mike Dugan, UW-Whitewater
Mark Hetzler, UW-Madison
Alan Carr, Bates College, Maine


Mike Forbes, UW-La Crosse & La Crosse Symphony


Keith Lienert, UW-Platteville
Andrew Baldwin, UW-Madison


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Fond du Lac, WI 54935

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