Manitowoc Community mourns loss of music leader Michael Arendt

Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of the Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Big Band as well as Prof. Emeritus of Music at the Manitowoc Campus, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  He also chaired the Department of Music for all UW Colleges. He served as a conductor and principal horn with Green Bay Symphony among many other musical achievements and honors. The family will greet relatives and friends at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home on Monday, July 22, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo, 1121 North 14th Street, Manitowoc. More here.

A note from Manitowoc Campus CEO Rachele Bakic was sent Friday morning:

“It is with deep regret that I inform you of the loss to both our campus and community. Professor Michael Arendt, Founder and Conductor Emeritus of the Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Big Band, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Our hearts and prayers go out to Michael’s family and friends. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo, 1121 North 14th Street, Manitowoc. For those who may not know, Michael began teaching Music Theory, Music History, Applied French Horn, and Conducting in 1971, until his retirement in spring of 2006.  Professor Arendt served as Conductor/Music Director of the LWE from its founding in 1983 until May 3, 2014…”