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Rare Element

April 26 @ 9:00 pm


Chad Whittinghill (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Bryan Husk (tenor, baritone sax) first met in 2003 as members of the urban neo-soul band, VIBE SYNDICATE.  Unbeknownst to them, they would spend the next 15 years playing side by side at hundreds of shows with some of Wisconsin’s finest funk and blues bands, including the THE CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD SHOW and THE JIMMYS.

A while later, they crossed paths with Darren Sterud (trombone) and the horn section dubbed as “The Amateur Horn Stars” was born.  For years, they honed their skilled working together at Clyde Stubblefield’s weekly Funky Monday shows.  Later, the horn section would team up with Hammond B-3 ace Jimmy Voegeli and his blues supergroup, The Jimmys.

Over the years,  the three shared a common goal to create  a band where the horn section could be pushed to it’s limit.   Finally, in 2018, a roster of highly skilled musicians was assembled to make this goal a reality

They named that band…RARE ELEMENT.

Todd Phipps (keyboards, B3 organ) of THE BLUE OLIVES (and many other bands) was the first join.  Longtime Madison talent, Joe Niesen(guitar), also got in early.  Joe liked what he heard and recruited quietly infamous bassist, Brett Farrey, formerly with SMOKIN’ WITH SUPERMAN.

The critical piece of the puzzle was finding the right drummer to keep it funky.  Enter Mark Marsh, 2016 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award Winning Drummer of the Year.  Mark brings relentless energy and deep groves to every performance.


April 26
9:00 pm


MKE Ale House
233 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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