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About the Conductor

Dr. Marc Sackman

Sackman is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at UWO-Fox Cities and Conductor and Music Director of the UW- Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble. Prior to coming to the UW Colleges, he served as conductor of the Rutgers Alumni Wind Symphony, Director of Bands at Alfred University in Alfred, NY and Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Sackman has performed in a wide range of musical ensembles and settings, from the Opera at Rutgers and Rutgers Summerfest Orchestra to chamber music to jazz and Irish folk music.

In addition to his degrees in music, he holds a B.A. in History from Rutgers College. After graduating from Rutgers, he continued his musical studies as a Flute Performance major at the University of Illinois. He then studied in Paris with members of the Orchestre de Paris, and in Munich with Hermann Klemeyer, Solo Flutist of the Bavarian State Opera, while pursuing a successful career freelancing. He returned to the U.S. to further his studies at The Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University), where he earned a Master’s and Doctorate in Flute Performance. His conducting teachers include Scott Whitener, Harry Begian, Robert Reynolds, and Mallory Thompson. Sackman plays flute with the Appleton City Band, and serves as assistant director and plays flute and alto flute with the Fox Valley Flute Choir.

Paul Sucherman

Sucherman is the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus 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.