Jazz Extravaganza Takes Place May 1

By UW-Waukesha

WAUKESHA – The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha will host the Jazz Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on campus.

UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha. Tickets are $5 for general admission.

The Windy Hill Mobile Music Unit and ‘Fessor Hurst and His Windy Hill Wizzards Ragtime and Jazz Orchestra, both directed by UW-Waukesha Professor Craig Hurst, and The Jazz Express, led by Mark Helgert, will be featured.

The Mobile Music Unit will perform three songs: the traditional “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” “Goin’ to the Mardi Gras,” and the Rebirth Brass Band’s “Do Watcha Wanna.” The other two groups will announce their musical selections from the stage.

Hurst has been a member of the University of Wisconsin Colleges music faculty since January of 1993. Along with his teaching duties at UW-Waukesha, since June of 2004 Hurst has served as chairman of the UW Colleges Department of Music, overseeing the work of music faculty and students on all 13 of the UW Colleges campuses. Hurst holds a bachelor of music degree from Boise State University, a master of music education degree from North Texas State University, and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of North Texas. At North Texas, Hurst studied conducting with Robert Winslow and trumpet with John J. Haynie and Leonard A. Candelaria. Hurst has been active in the greater Waukesha/Milwaukee area as a performer on trumpet with the Milwaukee Police Band, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra and The Milwaukee Stadpfiefer. Presently, Hurst most often performs with the Waukesha-based Jazz Express Big Band, the Waukesha Park, Recreation and Forestry Band, the Windy Hill Brass and ‘Fessor Hurst and His Windy Hill Wizzards Ragtime and Jazz Orchestra. Hurst is an active member of professional organizations, and has performed regularly with All Wisconsin Brass Faculty Ensemble at conferences of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. Hurst’s scholarly interests are in interdisciplinary studies linking jazz other art forms and the role of music as a vehicle for protest, propaganda and politics.

Helgert, a graduate of then Carroll College, was band director for the Butler Middle School music department for 34 years and also has taught at UW-Waukesha and Carroll. He is a founding member of the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band.

UW-Waukesha Mobile Music Unit


Morgan Gee

Nathan Stillings

Tenor Saxophone

Jensen Rolli


Brian Domina


Alex Acheson


Mike Grassman


‘Fessor Hurst and His Windy Hill Wizzards Ragtime and Jazz Orchestra


Craig W. Hurst


Larry Sheets


David Smith


Andy Hacker


Ben Leon


Mike Grassman


The Jazz Express Big Band


Mark Helgert, tenor

Jeff La Barge, baritone

Karen Moniza, alto

Ned Nagy, alto

Mike Reed, tenor


Kathy Bauman

Tom Koller

Glen Lunde

Tom Perry

Pete Thompson


Craig W. Hurst

Pete Lange

Mark Levy

Brett Meyer

Bob Severson

Rhythm Section

Bob Fourness-bass

Ben Leon-piano

Tim Milo-guitar

Jim Ryan-drums



UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.

In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Starting this fall, UW-Waukesha is offering the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, a bachelor’s degree that can be earned at UW-Waukesha in collaboration with UW-Parkside. The degree is conferred by UW Colleges. Classes are taught by faculty from both UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside.

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Andy Turner