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Annual Band Extravaganza presents top University of Iowa wind groups
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 30th 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. 17 and 18, 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, under new director
Kevin Kastens; 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 four pieces
for the Band Extravaganza -- a band arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's
popular, exhilarating Overture to "Candide," the "English
Dances" of composer Malcolm Arnold, "Melody Shop" march
by Iowa native Karl King and "Jig," a new work by UI graduate
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 "Believe... For It's True" by Billy Harper;
"I'm Beginning to See the Light" by Duke Ellington, featuring
vocalist Rosie Smith; and "Air Mail Special" by Quincy Jones.
As always, the Hawkeye Marching Band promises to provide lots of fun
and surprises. The band will play selections from the 1998 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."
Before coming to the UI in 1998 Kastens served five years at the University
of Missouri, where he directed the marching band, Marching Mizzou, and
the pep band for men's basketball games, Mini Mizzou. In 1996 the members
of the Missouri Marching Band elected Kastens to the Marching Mizzou Hall
of Fame, the first director to be so honored. At the UI he directs the
Hawkeye Marching Band and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and
marching band techniques, and he will be director of the All-State Music
Before moving to Missouri Kastens was assistant director of bands at
Indiana University (1987-93). He has been editor and contributing writer
for Missouri Band Notes, and he has written articles for the Music Educators
Journal and other professional publications. He has presented workshops
and clinics on marching band techniques and computer drill design and appeared
as guest conductor at band clinics throughout the Midwest.
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 he 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. 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 of Illinois.
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 hours are
10 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 and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American
Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills,
and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.
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. The line is
equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at