Brass Choirs

Two 12-15-piece brass ensembles from the Senior Symphony and Metropolitan Symphony, respectively, explore works from the Renaissance to the present day.

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Elevating Music by Bringing Groups Together

Composed of members of the brass sections of the Senior Symphony and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Brass Choirs perform a wide range of brass ensemble literature.

At a Glance

  • Rehearsals generally on Mondays in the late afternoon
  • Students range from middle school to high school
  • Director: Mr. Don Sipe

Director

Don Sipe

Donald Sipe has been performing as a professional trumpet player for over 30 years. During that time, he has simultaneously worked as an arts manager, educator, arranger, and producer. As an orchestral trumpeter, he has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicagoland Pops, the Elgin Symphony, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Sipe is currently a member of the chamber music groups Present Music, the Isthmus Brass, and the Stained Glass Brass. He has often performed in the pit at the Marcus Center with Broadway national touring companies, including West Side Story, Hair, Book of Mormon, and Wicked. He has also performed with a wide range of luminaries including Leonard Bernstein, Doc Severinsen, Peter Gabriel, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti, Jerry Goldsmith, Jewel, Il Divo, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, the Moody Blues, Jerry Lewis, and Bob Newhart. Sipe has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Air Force Heritage of America Band (with jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm), the Waukesha Symphony, Present Music, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has recorded extensively with Present Music, but also with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Summit Brass, Sones… More

Donald Sipe has been performing as a professional trumpet player for over 30 years. During that time, he has simultaneously worked as an arts manager, educator, arranger, and producer.

As an orchestral trumpeter, he has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicagoland Pops, the Elgin Symphony, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek.

Sipe is currently a member of the chamber music groups Present Music, the Isthmus Brass, and the Stained Glass Brass. He has often performed in the pit at the Marcus Center with Broadway national touring companies, including West Side Story, Hair, Book of Mormon, and Wicked.

He has also performed with a wide range of luminaries including Leonard Bernstein, Doc Severinsen, Peter Gabriel, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti, Jerry Goldsmith, Jewel, Il Divo, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, the Moody Blues, Jerry Lewis, and Bob Newhart.

Sipe has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Air Force Heritage of America Band (with jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm), the Waukesha Symphony, Present Music, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

He has recorded extensively with Present Music, but also with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Summit Brass, Sones de Mexico, and new age artist Peter Buffett. He can also be heard on dozens of TV and radio commercials and other theatrical tracks recorded at Tanner-Monagle studios in Milwaukee, WI.

His chamber music credits include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble, the Chicago Brass Quintet, Present Music, The Milwaukee Brass Quintet, the Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble, the UW-Milwaukee Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Summit Brass. His arrangements for brass quintet have been played by many brass quintets including Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.

In addition to his work as a trumpet player, he is founder and president of Omicron Artist Management, Inc. He has worked extensively with orchestral conductors and soloists and manages the career of internationally known conductor William Eddins. He is the facilities manager for the Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, WI, and oversees the Wilson Center Guitar Competition and Festival which takes place each August.

He is a former Co-principal trumpet of the New World Symphony in Miami, where he worked with the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and has participated in several summer music festivals, including Tanglewood Music Festival, Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra in Keystone, CO.

Sipe earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied trumpet with Barbara Butler.

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