The Lighthouse Big Band was organized in the fall of 2003 through the efforts of local musician and business owner Jim Arthur, with help from Dick Wehner, Brian Lydeen, and other area big band enthusiasts. The 17-piece band is under the direction of Dr. Brian Lydeen, Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Marian University, and attracts top-notch musicians from throughout East Central Wisconsin. While its primary purpose is the semimonthly, free rehearsal/performances, the Lighthouse Big Band also plays at occasional private and public events. The Lighthouse Big Band can now be seen the second and forth Tuesday of each month at Fond du Lac's Backstage Bar & Grill. Check out our Gigs page for more info.
They have performed at the past seven Fond du Lac Jazz Festivals with headliners Tom “Bones” Malone (2007), David “Fathead” Newman (2008), Kevin Mahogany (2009), Eugene Rousseau (2010), Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman (2012), Janet Planet (2014) and acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev (2016). With a repertoire spanning the arrangements of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, and Count Basie as well as the great 50s and 60s sounds of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, and more – a concert by the Lighthouse Big Band includes music for big band aficionados of all eras and ages!