Milwaukee Festival Brass

Founded in 1985, Milwaukee Festival Brass is an exciting brass ensemble made up of volunteer brass and percussion players from all over Southeastern Wisconsin. Led by its highly regarded Director, Mark A. Taylor, they have added their own unique flair to a repertoire ranging from classics to contemporary selections using traditional British Brass Band instruments.

As highly regarded musical ambassadors for the great and vibrant city of Milwaukee, the award-winning Milwaukee Festival Brass supports its strong cultural foundation and is dedicated to developing younger brass and percussion musicians. The band is dedicated to advancing and maintaining a successful brass band of the highest possible musical quality. As a nationally recognized organization, we will strive to satisfy the musical ideals of our members while simultaneously nurturing audience awareness and establishing community support.

The Band is a state of Wisconsin registered 501(C)3 non-profit organization as well as a 509(A)2 Public Charity and is run by a member elected Board of Directors.

The Director


Mark A. Taylor is the Music Director of the national champion Milwaukee Festival Brass.  Dr. Taylor made his Wisconsin debut with the band in 2011 as a guest conductor and now serves as the ensemble’s full time artistic leader.  A conductor, educator, and performer in demand throughout the Great Lakes region, Dr. Taylor served five years as director of bands and coordinator of ensembles at Loyola University, and was a member of the music education faculty for the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Dr. Taylor has received degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University; He is also a graduate with his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of North Texas and his principal conducting teachers have included John P. Paynter, Stephen G. Peterson, Dennis Fisher, and Eugene Migliaro Corporon.  Not only does this director conduct, but Dr. Taylor also performs as section percussionist with the Chicago Brass Band.  He is a member of the National Band Association, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  He, his wife, and son reside in Lake Forest, IL.

The Members

Assistant Music Director

Krystal Esty

B Flat Baritone

Tyler Burmeister

Deb Gilbert


Al Floeter

Brett Keating


Mike Lizzo

Samantha Phipps

Bass Trombone

Dustin Zimmerman


Julie Cordero

Tom Robertson


Thomas Huffmaster


E Flat Soprano Cornet

David Magoon

Repiano Cornet

Andy Brinza

Solo Cornet

Krystal Esty

Marty Kuphall

Rick Metzger

Cyndi Salata


Joe Bratz

David Grace

Jeff Kitzman

John Rosenberg

B Flat Flugelhorn

Mike McKenzie

E Flat Tenor Horn

Lonna Brooks

Ben Perthel

Bettina Ruhnau


Al Floeter

Kara Metzger

Tom Robertson

Jacob Sellers


President – David Grace

Secretary – Tyler Burmeister

Treasurer – Julie Cordero