“Horn-driven instrumental funk & groove PERFORMED LIVE”
The Madison, Wisconsin-based horn band, RARE ELEMENT, has assembled uniquely talented musicians with years of performance experience, though only just recently have they begun playing together.
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 then, for the next 15 years they would play side by side together in hundreds of shows in some of Wisconsin’s best funk and blues bands, including the THE CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD SHOW, THE JIMMYS, and THE BLUE OLIVES.
During their six years playing with THE JIMMYS, they crossed paths with Darren Sterud (trombone) and dubbed their horn section “The Amateur Horn Stars.” Over the years together they talked about their favorite funk bands and their favorite horn players and which which tunes were “the most killer jams.”
Finally, a band was brought together to play that funky groove inspired repertoire.
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 a quietly infamous bassist, Brett Farrey, formerly with SMOKIN’ WITH SUPERMAN.
The critical piece of the puzzle was finding a drummer talented enough to keep it funky. Enter Arno Gonzalez, an international drummer with 40 years of professional experience that began with the TONY BROWN REGGAE BAND in the early 1980’s. Arno was born in Mexico City, but lived in Madison for six years and graduated from East High School. He just moved back to Madison with his wife after years living in California.