Earmon “Butch” Wilcher
Butch and John first met as both taught for Omaha Public Schools.
Butch left for Germany to teach music to students of military personnel for the Department of Defense. In his 30 years in Germany he was a saxophonist with various gospel choirs to include Maxine Howard, a well known gospel vocalist in the Rhineland-Pfalz region and Freedom Family, an international gospel choir based in Germany. He also played in the Braunweiler and Mackenbach Musikvereins (Town concert bands) as well as playing in various military community theater musicals along with great musicians from the military performing groups and a teachers jazz ensemble known as Teachers Edition.
A great portion of his performing while in Germany was art shows, wedding receptions, christmas parties, military holiday receptions, birthday parties and anniversary parties.
As a music educator with DoDDS Butch was the saxophone mentor and coach with the Department of Defense's annual Honors Jazz Seminar where he had the pleasure of working with renowned trombonist Jiggs Whigham and Darmon Meader of the New York Voices.
Though Butch is originally from Chicago, he retired to the Omaha area. He can be found playing in the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha (with John), solo performances with background tracks and sits in with ensembles wherever he goes.