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Annual Band Extravaganza presents top UI wind groups Nov. 18-19
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 29th annual Band Extravaganza, featuring the
top bands from the University of Iowa School of Music, will be at 7:30
p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 18 and 19, in Hancher Auditorium on the
One of the UI School of Music's most popular events, the Band Extravaganza,
features three ensembles: The Hawkeye Marching Band, directed by Morgan
Jones; the Johnson County Landmark jazz band, directed by John Rapson;
and the Symphony Band, conducted by Myron Welch.
The UI Symphony Band performs many of its own full-length concerts during
the year, both on and off-campus. Its program contains contemporary works
and transcriptions as well as standard band repertoire.
The Symphony Band and conductor Myron Welch will present three pieces
for the Band Extravaganza: the Finale from the Symphony No. 3 of Vitorio
Giannini; "Chester," an arrangement by William Schuman of a Revolutionary-War-era
American tune; and the March.op. 99, of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.
Johnson County Landmark (JCL) is the UI's ensemble devoted to the performance
of original works by the great composers of the big-band jazz repertory.
Consisting of the best jazz players at the School of Music, JCL is known
for picking up the prizes at jazz festivals and contests around the country.
Members of JCL won the top awards at the International Trumpet Guild's
1994 Jazz Competition and the 1994 Jazz Composition Competition sponsored
by California State University at San Diego.
For the concert, JCL will play works from the heart of the big-band
style, including "Quintessence" by Quincy Jones, featuring the
band's lead alto saxophonist, Mike Giles; the Count Basie arrangement of
"April in Paris," with the famous "one more time" shout
chorus; and the Thad Jones classic "Big Dipper."
As always, the Hawkeye Marching Band promises to provide lots of fun
and surprises. The band will play selections from the 1997 football-season
half-time shows, including the traditional band skits and a performance
by the drum line, and concluding with the traditional UI songs "On
Iowa" and the "Iowa Fight Song."
Jones is interim director of the Hawkeye Marching Band for the 1997-98
academic year. A native of Muscatine, Jones was director of the Marching
During Jones' tenure, the band attended 11 bowl games, including three
Rose Bowls, three Holiday Bowls, two Peach Bowls, the Gator Bowl, Freedom
Bowl and the Kickoff Classic. Under his direction, the band also won the
1990 Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy, awarded by the John Philip
Sousa Foundation for lontgime contributions by the band and its directors.
Jones holds undergraduate and master's degrees from the UI. As an undergraduate
he was a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band trumpet section and attended
the 1957 and 1959 Rose Bowls. He received a doctorate in music education
from Northwestern University. An active clinician and music contest judge,
he is the founder of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music.
Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz
studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and Nine
Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic and
experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. His recent experimental
jazz recording "Dances and Orations" has been hailed as "one
of the most vital CDs to come around in a long time" in Jazziz and
as "a conceptual and musical triumph" by Josef Woodard in the
Rapson holds a master's degree in music theory and composition from
California State University, Northridge, and has completed course work
for a doctorate in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University.
Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980. In addition to
conducting the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, Welch teaches courses
in instrumental methods and conducting and is coordinator of the Iowa Honor
Band and the All-State Music Camp. Prior to joining the UI faculty he was
director of bands and coordinator of music education at Wright State University
in Dayton, Ohio. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Michigan
State University and a doctorate in music education from the University
Welch is past president and chair of the board of directors of the American
Bandmasters Association, president of the Big 10 Band Directors Association
and past president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association. He is a frequent
guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout the Midwest.
Tickets for reserved seats for the Band Extravaganza are available for
$4 from the Hancher Auditorium Box Office. Hancher box office is open 11
a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From
the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
within Iowa is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Orders may be charged to VISA,
MasterCard or American Express.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office
personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair
access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services offered to
people with special needs. The line is equipped with TDD for the hearing
impaired who use that technology.