The Mike Britz Trio will play music by great songwriters George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and others. Songs like S’Wonderful, Here’s That Rainy Day and Summer Samba will be heard today.
Bassist Mike Britz performs in many types of musical ensembles from the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra to the Carolyn Wehner Duo at the Wisconsin Club. Mike has also shared the stage with Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra, Jr. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mike taught orchestra for 32 years in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.
Pete Lange, singer and trumpeter, is currently Production Manager for Tim O’Brien Homes, Inc., Milwaukee Division. Pete taught instrumental and vocal music at Catholic Memorial High School from 2009-2017. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in General Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Pete received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Carroll University, where he has also served as an adjunct lecturer in the Music Department. Pete credits his parents, teachers, colleagues, and students for inspiring, nurturing and supporting his lifelong passion for music.
Pianist Joel Matthys currently teaches music, music education and music therapy at Carroll University. He received a Bachelor’s Degree at Carroll University, a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati, Conservatory of Music. Joel’s areas of specialization include music theory, computer music programming, contemporary and experimental music with many published compositions. Today you will hear why Joel is one of the most requested pianists in the area.