Symphony Band concert to feature trumpet great Jon Schipper on Dec. 5

November 20, 2012

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Symphony Band will give a free concert on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall. Madison-based trumpet great Jon Schipper, who regularly plays with Madison groups Phat Phunktion, Madisalsa and the Isthmus Brass, and fronts the Jeff Peronto Jazz Orchestra, will join the band for a special performance.

Band conductors are Dr. Barry Ellis and Matthew Gregg, UW-Platteville director of bands and associate director of bands respectively, and Jacob Klingbeil, a UW-Platteville music student from Reedsburg, Wis.

Program selections include works by composers John Mackey, Vincent Persichetti, Julius Fucik, Frank Ticheli and Clifton Williams. Schipper’s performance will be featured during Williams’ Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta.”

“We have expanded the cadenza in this Latin-based piece to allow Jon to fully reveal his extraordinary talent,” said Gregg, who referred to Schipper as one of the region’s preeminent lead trumpet players. “It should be a real treat for those in attendance.”

The concert also includes all five movements of “Laudes and Tropes,” which will be conducted by Ellis as a special tribute to honor two men with ties to UW-Platteville – the composer McBeth and Dan Ellis, Barry’s father. McBeth was commissioned to write the musical collection by the Gamma Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., in honor of Dan’s retirement after serving Furman as director of bands for 37 years. Dan Ellis passed away in 2007 and McBeth this January.

“Francis was the guest clinician at our first Band Conductor’s Art Workshop in the summer of 2007, and he was also a great friend to our family – he and my father served in the Army together in the 101st Airborne Division Band,” said Barry Ellis. “He established himself as one of the preeminent composers in the field of music for wind band, producing a body of work that is internationally recognized as among the finest of its kind.”

For more information, contact Gregg at (608) 342-1019 or

Contact: Matthew Gregg, associate director of bands, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1019,

Written by: Barbara Weinbrenner, communications specialist, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,



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