Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
From the beginning of the rock/pop music era, horn sections were used primarily as background. That changed with bands like Chicago, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Tower of Power where the horns were at the forefront.
Tonight’s featured performer played drums in high school but switched to the trumpet in his junior year. After high school he completed a degree at the Berkley School of Music in Boston. Soon he was playing with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson before moving on to work with bandleader Stan Kenton.
Most of his work before going solo was with Milwaukee native Woody Herman where he was the lead trumpet. He played on 25 Woody Herman albums.
In the 60’s he freelanced but found his taste turning to rock so he combined that sound with jazz. As the decade of the 70’s began he started his own dream band of four trumpets, four rhythm instruments and one vocalist. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist but lost to Carly Simon. His blaring arrangements gained him international attention.
In 1974 he chartered a plane to take him and three band members to a performance in Jackson, Minnesota. Bad weather forced the plane to go down and it wasn’t found until the next day. There were no survivors.
Bill Chase was 39.
This recording spent 13 weeks on the charts beginning in May of 1971.