Egg Harbor, Wis. (August 16, 2022) – Alpine Resort’s Summer Music Series with Concerts in the Tent and music at Burton’s on the Bay is thrilled to welcome back Birch Creek’s Brad Stirtz and his jazz trio performing on Saturday, August 27. The trio will be playing in the bar area at Burton’s on the Bay from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm with Brad Stirtz on vibraphone, Mike Arnopol on upright bass and Greg Marsh on drums.
Brad Stirtz earned his Master of Music degree in percussion performance at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. As a jazz/percussion educator, he has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory, Roosevelt University and North Illinois University, and is currently on the faculty at North Central College. He recently received a second Master’s degree in Theology from Concordia University Chicago and now serves as Director of Music at Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois. At Birch
Creek, Stirtz is a faculty ensemble performer, directs small ensembles, and teaches improvisation, music theory, and world music. Stirtz is celebrating 43 years with Birch Creek this year.
Greg Marsh found his passion for drumming at an early age and turned that passion into a professional career spanning more than 40 years. He was a member of the New Trier West High School Recording Jazz Ensemble and has performed and recorded with a who’s who of artists in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Mexico, Ireland and Hawaii. Marsh was recognized for his teaching accomplishments as a member of the staff of AECG (Arts Education for Children Group) where he conducted clinics and
workshops. He can be heard on many jingles and records, and has written columns for Showcase Music Magazine and Singer & Musician Magazine.
Brad and Greg have a rich history in the Chicago music scene. They were co-music directors/musicians in Kevin Matthew’s iconic Ed Zeppelin band, performing many concerts in the Midwest at historic theaters and festivals. Kev’s famous “Comedy Jam” at Alpine Valley Music Theater ran for four hours and featured Ed Zeppelin with Joe Walsh, “Rick the bass player” Rosas and many other top artists and comedians.
Mike Arnopol has played upright and electric bass professionally for the past 35 years. He has played and recorded with many top jazz artists, but is most known for his work with jazz vocalist Patricia Barber for over 25 years. Arnopol is on most of her CD’s and has traveled the world with Patricia, headlining at venues like Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, as well as many European jazz festivals.
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