The Brew City Big Band is an eighteen piece big band with four vocalists. This band performs the Swing, Latin, and Ballads of the 1930’s - 1960’s.
Our cover band "Top Shelf" performs the Rock, Pop, R&B, Funk, and Disco of the 50's-80's along with some Jump Swing, Salsa, ans Country. Horns and 5 vocalists allow us to play a wide variety of songs , that other bands can't.
The Microbrew Combo is a 5 piece jazz combo that plays straight ahead jazz is is great for dinner/cocktail hours.
We have a full sound system and lighting. We will provide you with the widest variety of big band music in the area. We will provide you with and professional, classy, and memorable musical performance.
Brew City Big Band absolutely exceeded all of our expectations! We booked them for our wedding to play during our cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing portion of our reception. Out of all aspects of the wedding, we heard the most complements about the band and how much people loved the music and dancing. I really appreciated the fact that no matter if a guest prefers to dance or simply wants to enjoy the music while catching up with family and friends, everyone is accommodated.
All musicians and vocalists in the BBB are extremely talented. They do a great job engaging the crowd and know how to organize and direct the evening of dancing from grand march until the very last song and everything in between. They created a set list with all of our requests included, but also were able to judge the tone of the dance floor, picking songs accordingly that would keep guests having fun and wanting to continue dancing.
In terms of planning, Scott was incredible. He answered any and all questions we had for him and met with us multiple times before the day of the wedding. We even had special requests for first dance songs not on their set list and the band was able to learn and play them as if they had been playing those songs for years.
We cannot say enough about the Brew City Big Band! You will not regret hiring them for your wedding. They bring such a presence to the reception and are truly entertainers in every sense of the word.
5 stars to the BBB - BOOK THEM!
When we began to plan our wedding reception I had one non-negotiable facet, and that was the live swing band. My wife and I met through a community of young Catholics in Madison who routinely swing dance together. Booking Brew City felt like a bit of a gamble, it is so hard to get a feel for a band’s sound and style from a youtube video. I can say with complete sincerity that we were thrilled with Brew City from beginning to end. We cannot say enough about the professionalism and talent of this group. Brew City helped turn our reception into a classy hootenanny of legendary proportions.
Booking/Planning: Scott Schranke the band director stayed in constant contact about details on the wedding, ran multiple quotes, and gave us several opportunities to add songs to the setlist, and they even agreed to let one of our friends use their sound equipment to play our first dance song on acoustic guitar.
Setup: Very professional and efficient. Don’t be scared when they show up in t-shirts initially, the tuxedos come out when the show begins.
Performance: Outstanding, we have danced to live swing bands before and Brew City was absolutely on par with the other (much more expensive) groups. We loved the diversity of the vocalists who were also very personable, while they were not performing they meandered about the hall, introduced themselves to us (the bride and groom) and had great conversation with the guests as well as confirming that the sound was good throughout the hall. This was one of my biggest concerns, that the band would be too loud for our venue. Brew City did a fantastic job of tailoring their sound to the venue and the crowd.
We received no less than two dozen compliments from our guests, from teenagers to my 80 year old grandparents, on the band. It was the highlight of the reception. And did we ever dance, young and old, including many of our friends who did not know how to swing. They did a great job mixing in slow songs and big band tunes that are easy enough to just groove along with.
What to Expect
You will experience a professional and well accomplished band. Not only will we provide you with the well known music of the big band era, but we will also provide you with songs that are not in the normal repertoire of the other big bands.
The Brew City Big Band was formed in 2007 to keep the music of the big band era alive. We are a group of musicians who have come together for the love and enjoyment of this music. We will always provide our clients with a professional, well-performed, and fun performance. We can dress casually to formally. We also cater to our clients musical needs.
Some of our past performances include:
1. Miller Park-Field of Honor Celebration for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight
2. Faces of Freedom Ball-Hyatt Regency Downtown Hosted by Governor and First Lady Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs
3. Wisconsin Lutheran College-Summer Music Series
4. Ayre in the Square at Catalano Park in Milwaukee
5. 128th Air Wing Division Hanger Dance Mitchell International Airport
6. The Mitchell Park Domes
7. The Wisconsin State Fair
8. The Milwaukee Yacht Club
9. The City Of Whitewater’s 4th of July Celebration
10. B-town Sounds Summer Music Series at Veteran’s Terrace in Echo Park in Burlington, WI
11. Milwaukee County Parks Summer Concert Series at the Washington Park Band Shell
12. Luther Manor Summer Concert Series
13. EAA hangar Dance in Racine for the 8th Air Force Historical Society
14. Rock County Fair
15. Oktoberfest on Old World Third St.
16. Italian Community Center Summer Concert Series
17. John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Top Shelf was created in 2009 to fulfill a demand for cover music that we were asked to perform at weddings. This ensemble is a lot of fun and it can really pack the dance floor.
References provided upon request.
Past Booked Events
|December 31, 2016 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Private Party|
|August 13, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Plymouth Jazz Crawl|
|August 04, 2016 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Wisconsin Lutheran College Summer Music series|
|May 28, 2016 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Honor Celebration at Wisconsin Harley Davidson|
|May 19, 2016 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||128th Airwing Division Dance|
|May 13, 2016||Wedding Reception|
|December 11, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||John Michael Kohler Arts Center|
Please see our website, www.brewcitybigband for a current list of our songs. We do not typically perform the same songs at events. I try to tailor the the music for each specific event. I will work with a client to provide them with the music that they want. I have thousands of other songs that are not on our song list, so if you are looking for something and you don't see it listed, please ask.
|Becky Hineman-Hammer||1st alto sax|
|Jack Welter||baritone sax|
|Scott Schrank||2nd trumpet, manager|
|Spencer Schrank||3rd trumpet|
|Joel Stoller||4th trumpet|
|Chuck Burkhalter||1st trombone|
|Stephen Trenier||2nd trombone|
|Harold Willis||3rd trombone|
|Brad Ames||bass trombone|
|Dan Koga||acoustic bass|
|Rob Mack||male vocalist|
|F. Marvin Hannah Jr.||male vocalist|
|Valery Sarno-Koch||female vocalist|
|Shannon Rolbiecki||female vocalist|
|John Regnery||1st Tenor Sax|
|Zack Cruise||2nd alto sax|
|Howard Haven||2nd Tenor Sax|
|Kyle Alban||1st trumpet|
|Brian Carter||aux percussion|
Influences & Inspiration
Glenn Miller, Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others
electricity and 14 armless chairs