Percussion - Piano - Guitar
BEN HOGAN, percussion
From a musical family, Ben started playing percussion at the age of ten. In high school interest in the drums grew and he decided to pursue music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. There, Ben studied classical and solo percussion with Dr. Cheryl Grosso, drum set with Danny Lueck and Jason Kruk, world percussion with Tim Patterson, and jazz piano with Christine Salerno. At UWGB, he maintained a busy schedule, playing with and accompanying nearly every ensemble on campus and performing with artists such as Howard Levy, Ed Calle, and Jeff Jarvis. In his course of study, Ben also worked very closely with the faculty and performed on several of their recitals. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a double major in Jazz Studies and Arts Management.
In the Fall of 2012, Ben moved to Louisville, KY to study at the University of Louisville. He took lessons from Mike Hyman and Jason Tiemann on drum set and Dick Sisto on jazz vibraphone. While a member of the UofL Jazz Ensemble under the direction of John La Barbera, he was able to perform with artists such as Rufus Reid, Sean Jones, and Pat La Barbera. In 2013, he received an educational grant through FIPSE and spent six months studying Brazilian music at the University of Brasilia in the capital of Brazil. There he studied percussion and drum set with Leander Motta, Brazilian music with Bruno Mangueira, and Choro with Ricardo Dourado Freire. Ben received his MM in Performance from the University of Louisville in May, 2014.
Ben has performed professionally since age 16. His versatility and experience has allowed him to perform in many different musical situations with groups such as Ziji, Gypsy Trip, and Venom Amen. Additionally, he has performed orchestral music with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay, contemporary chamber music with a very small consortium (lower case by design), and contemporary worship music at several large churches. Ben has recorded with saxophonist Anderson Pessoa, Venom Amen, and Various Small Fires.
BRIAN KOPFHAMMER, percussion
Brian is from the town of Sussex in Southeast Wisconsin, one of the many suburbs of Milwaukee. After graduating from Arrowhead High School, Brian attended the University of Wisconsin Green Bay for music education, and received his bachelors degree in December of 2013. Since then, Brian has worked as a substitute teacher in many local districts, including the Green Bay Public School District, the Unified School District of De Pere, Denmark School District, Seymour Public School District and the Mishicot School District. He also was a long term substitute at Seymour Middle School, where he taught 5th through 8th grade band in the fall of 2014.
Currently, Brian teaches in the Crivitz School District, where he teaches 5th through 12th grade band and various general music classes. The Crivitz bands have a busy performance schedule, performing for all home football and basketball games, as well as many community events. He recently wrapped up a summer marching band program for students entering 6th grade through 12th grade, where they marched in the Crivitz 4th of July parade.
Brian plays saxophone in several groups outside of school, including the Weiss and Friends Oktoberfest Band, the Hot Sass Brass Band, and the Music for the Sake of Music Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.
Brian lives in Green Bay, with his two cats, Graham and Minerva. He enjoys playing video games and reading, as well as trips to his family's cabin in Lac Du Flambeau, where he most likely can be found out on the lake, with a fishing pole in his hand.
This is Brian's first year on the Music for the Sake of Music teaching staff, and he will be teaching beginning percussion lessons.
ETHAN ZICK, piano
Ethan Zick is the secondary music instructor at Aldo Leopold Community School. Ethan teaches middle school, orchestra, band, and choir along with fifth grade band and orchestra. He has recently completed his third year of teaching at Aldo Leopold Community School. Ethan graduated from UW-Stevens Point with Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental, choral, and general music education and is pursuing graduate work through Silver Lake College.