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About the Conductor

Paul Sucherman

Lakeshore Big Band Conductor
Sucherman is the Lakeshore Big Band Conductor and Music Director. He is also Associate Lecturer of Music at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. He is the eldest son of two prominent Chicago performers and has two younger brothers who are both professional musicians (one as the drummer with acclaimed rock band STYX). After attending Northwestern University Prep School and DePaul University, he moved to Wisconsin to pursue theatrical directing, composing and arranging. Sucherman has worked on cruise ships and Mississippi Paddleboats, the main stage of the Sahara in Las Vegas, in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as all over the U.S. He has worked with or shared stages with Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie, Reba McIntyre, Tim Allen, Pete Barbutti, Glenn Ash, Peewee Kershaw, and more. He routinely performs with Tony-nominated singer/actor Gregg Edelman and Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show. Sucherman has arranged strings for two Grammy award winning albums, and has arranged music for countless acts on cruise ships and nightclubs. He has been active in regional musical theatre directing countless shows and performs around the Midwest approximately 120-150 days a year.
 

Chris Woller

Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Assistant Conductor
Chris Woller has been an active trumpet player in the Lakeshore area for several years. He and his wife Kristy have been members of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble for over 17 years, and Chris also enjoys performing with the Lakeshore Big Band as well as the Generations Jazz Ensemble in Sheboygan. He has been a member of pit orchestras for many musicals in both Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Additionally, he has performed with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra and other chamber ensembles.
 
As a former band director, Chris is happy to have the opportunity to be back in front of the band as the Assistant LWE Conductor.