Inspired by New Orleans, born of the Great Lakes: Great Lakes Brass draws from New Orleans traditions, where brass bands express the pulse of communities; celebrating life, mourning loss, and looking ahead. Reverence for history is intertwined with ongoing creative adaptation, and our pledge to play it forward.
Trumpet, trombone, and saxophone play familiar melodies driven by sousaphone and percussion. On the street or the stage, our music moves. Based in Fennville, MI – Great Lakes Brass features a lineup of remarkable Michigan musicians, led by Fred Bueltmann (Sousaphone), including Josh Keller (Trumpet), Jarad Saxsquatch Selner (Saxophone), Scott Dumas (Trombone), Dede Alder (Drums), Carolyn Koebel (Drums), Andrew Schrock (Vocals), Josiah DeNooyer and many others.
“The Winter Beer Festival returned Saturday afternoon to the parking lots outside LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park with hundreds of beers to taste and performances by Steve Leaf & Co. and the Jammie Award-winning Nathan Walton & The Remedy. But the show might have been stolen by the New Orleans-style zest of West Michigan’s Great Lakes Brass which roamed the grounds to the delight of gleeful beer quaffers.”
SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTO GALLERIES, VIDEOS Support our coverage ofWest Michigan's music scene Talk about an all-out fun, frolicking week of live music: * Southern rock and country's Whiskey Myers packed Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, the same night that Kalamazoo's own progressive bluegrass heroes Greensky Bluegrass regaled a sold-out crowd at The Intersection in Grand Rapids - all while treacherous ice and snow cascaded on West Michiganders outside.
Cara Lieurance at WMUK Kalamazoo chats in-studio with Fred, Josh and Carolyn including a live performance!
Trumpet player and singer Josh Keller, percussionist Carolyn Koebel and Great Lakes Brass founder and sousaphonist Fred Bueltmann brought their instruments to the WMUK studio for an informal Mardi Gras party, as they previewed a series of appearances in west Michigan in the next few weeks.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - After a February ice storm idled most of Michigan, beer enthusiasts flocked to Grand Rapids for the 17th annual Michigan Winter Beer Festival. Over 5,000 festivalgoers cheered and chanted to the music or to the beat of their own drum in the parking lot of LMCU Ballpark.