Meet the Staff
Emma Angoli is the director of the Mukwonago High School Band program, a position she has held since 2014. The program is comprised of a number of performing ensembles including: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble I & II, the Mukwonago High School Marching Band, pep band, and Blue2 Indoor - a winter percussion & colorguard program she helped create. In addition to the performing ensembles, Emma teaches Music Theory on a biennial basis and in the 2018-2019 school year she will debut a Beginner Ukulele class as a means of reaching students not actively involved in the Mukwonago High School music program.
The Mukwonago Band program regularly rehearses and performs with clinicians and guest artists. Recent residencies have included: Maestro Filippo Salemmi and students from his Italian Music Conservatories; Ron Carter, NIU Professor Emeritus; Dr. Joseph Greer, principal trombonist of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra; and the Carthage College Music Faculty.
Emma is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and was named the 2018 “Teacher of the Year” by the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee. In 2017, Emma spearheaded the commissioning of composer Nathan Daughtrey to write Movers and Shakers, a work for the Mukwonago High School combined Band, Choir and Orchestra. The world premiere, featuring over 250 musicians, coincided with the opening of the new Greenwald Performing Arts Center in Mukwonago.
Emma taught for three years with the Lighthouse Brigade of Racine summer marching band in the MACBDA circuit. In her time as Music Caption Head, the Lighthouse Brigade won the 2017 MACBDA Championship and took home five caption awards including Outstanding Music General Effect and Outstanding Music Execution.
Emma received her Bachelor's in Instrumental Music Education at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2012. There she studied with Dr. Tom Seddon and Mr. Tom Brown on trumpet. Emma was a two time recipient of the Symphonic Brass Quintet scholarship and participated in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I & II, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and the Screaming Eagles Marching Band where she served both as drum major and as a section leader.
Percussion Program Co-Director/Front Ensemble Supervisor
Rick Schadt is a freelance percussionist residing in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying percussion with Anthony Di Sanza, studio pedagogy with Teryl Dobbs, and Jazz & Composition with Les Thimmig. During that time, Rick was involved in the premier of numerous works for Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble including in 2011 the North American premier of Per Nørgård’s massive work, “A Light Hour”. In 2010, Rick also performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention with the UW-World Percussion Ensemble as winners of the PAS World Percussion Ensemble Competition.
Rick currently teaches private & group percussion lessons and can frequently be found serving as a guest teacher for Mukwonago Area School District Band, Orchestra, Choir, and General Music programs. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, and is the founder and program co-director of Blue2 Indoor, Mukwonago’s Winter Percussion & Colorguard program. His students are routinely selected to perform in regional honors ensembles, collegiate music programs, and competitive DCI/WGI marching ensembles. He has a passion for chamber music, and can also be seen regularly performing at Lambeau Field as a member of the “Tundra Line,” the official drumline of the Green Bay Packers.
Continually involved in the marching arts, Rick has taught a number of award-winning marching ensembles. Since 2012, his competitive ensembles have consistently won “Best Percussion” awards, being named circuit percussion champions four times, including Mukwonago’s first WSMA State Percussion title in 2015. His ensembles have also captured overall circuit championships three times, most recently Lighthouse Brigade of Racine’s first outright MACBDA title in 2017. Rick also serves as a music arranger, drill writer, and adjudicator for percussion competitions and local solo & ensemble festivals.
Rick’s interests in music also extend into the realm of instrument repair and construction, including having built his own 5-octave marimba that he uses daily for teaching. He also spends much of his free time watching sports or composing with assistance from his cat, Grump.
Percussion Program Co-Director/Battery Supervisor
Wes Davison has extensive experience in the marching arts. He is an alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2011), University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band (2008-2012), Sound of Sun Prairie High School Marching Band (2004-2008), and the Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps (2010, 2012-2014). He has taught several successful marching ensembles including The Lighthouse Brigade of Racine, The Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, Waukesha North High School, and Mukwonago High School. Under his instruction, ensembles have won a AAAA WSMA State Championship, AAA WSMA State Championship, two AAAA Percussion WSMA State Championships, and one AAA Percussion WSMA State Championship.
Wes attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Elementary Education. In his free time, he performs in Bucks Beats (The Official Drumline of the Milwaukee Bucks), the Tundraline (The Official Drumline of the Green Bay Packers), and battles a crippling addiction to caffeine. Besides battery instruments, Wes also plays drumset and has performed in numerous Big Bands and Jazz Combos. In 2007 Wes performed at the Jazz Haus in Freiburg, Germany, which has played host to many high profile jazz artists including Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Pharaoh Sanders, and Maceo Parker. In 2008, Wes performed for a sold-out crowd at Avery-Fisher hall in New York City with nine time Grammy award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
Winterguard Program Director
Casey Kotowski is very excited to be the new colorguard instructor for Mukwonago. She is from the Milwaukee area and attended Whitnall High School, where she began performing in the fall marching band. During this time she also performed with Cudahy Independent winterguard, where she had the opportunity to perform at WGI prelims in Dayton, OH, as well as the Lighthouse Brigade of Racine.
She began teaching colorguard in 2015 when she was the instructor for the Lighthouse Brigade Junior band. In 2016, she was the colorguard tech for Brigade’s senior band.
Casey attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. There she was a member and section leader in the Tulane University Marching Band, where aside from performing for football games, she marched in over a dozen Mardi Gras parades. While in New Orleans, Casey was a founding member of Green Wave Winds, a WGI Winds group. In 2018, she was a member of The Proposition winterguard, which is the competitive ensemble of the New Orleans Colorguard Arts organization. Casey graduated from Tulane in 2018 with a BSE in Engineering Physics, which she hopes to actually use some day.
An alumnus of Mukwonago High School and Blue2 Percussion, Jake also marched for 5 years in the Mukwonago High School Marching Band and performed with the MHS Jazz I Ensemble on drumset. Since graduating, Jake has remained active in the marching arts by with the Lighthouse Brigade of Racine summer marching program and performing with the official drumline of the Green Bay Packers, the Tundraline.
Adam Brostowitz is an alum of Western Illinois University (WIU), graduating with a degree in Music Education. Growing up in Central Illinois (don't worry, he was raised right... Go Pack Go!), he has been involved in many music ensembles, including Marching Band (Drumline Captain for two seasons at WIU), Steel Band (Student Leader), various Concert Band ensembles (Section Leader), Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and more. He has taught as a K-8 music educator teaching Band, Choir, and General Music, as well as having worked with various high school Drumlines, Steel Bands, Percussion Ensembles, and has taught private percussion and piano lessons. Adam has composed and arranged music for Steel Pan through MauMau Music, and has arranged other musical works for Drumline, Pep Band, Marching Band, and other ensembles. Adam has participated as a Junior High Solo & Ensemble Contest Judge, and is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Percussive Arts Society.