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Release: Oct. 29, 1999
Annual Band Extravaganza presents top UI wind groups
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 31st 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. 16 and 17 in Hancher Auditorium
on the UI campus.
One of the UI School of Musics most popular
events, the Band Extravaganza features three ensembles -- the Hawkeye Marching
Band, under 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
three pieces for the Band Extravaganza -- "Commando March" by American
composer Samuel Barber; the orchestral favorite "Mars" from "The
Planets," as written for band by the composer, Gustav Holst; and the
March from Paul Hindemiths "Symphonic Metamorphosis," arranged
for band from the orchestra score.
Johnson County Landmark (JCL) is the UIs 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 Guilds 1994 Jazz Competition and the 1994 Jazz Composition Competition
sponsored by California State University at San Diego.
For the concert, JCL will play Rapsons "Tulip
Jive Dance," "Pootin It" by Eric Dixon, Oliver Nelsons
"Black, Brown and Beautiful," and "First Circle" by Pat
Metheny and Bob Curnow.
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."
Kastens is assistant director of bands at the UI.
He directs the Hawkeye Marching Band and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging
and marching band techniques, and is the director of the All-State Music Camp.
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 mens basketball games, Mini Mizzou.
Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching
band techniques and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor
at band clinics throughout the Midwest and Canada. He
has had numerous articles published on instrumental music
education in the Music Educators Journal and other professional publications.
A leader in the field of computer-assisted marching band drill design, he
helped develop "Drill Quest," a drill-writing software program.
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 Independent.
Rapson holds a masters 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 bachelors and masters degrees in music from Michigan
State University and a doctorate in music education from the University of
Welch is past president of the American Bandmasters
Association, the Big 10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters
Association. He is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with
bands throughout the United States.
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, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
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
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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Kevin Kastens, the director
of the Hawkeye Marching Band, can be contacted at (319) 335-1635, or by e-mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Myron
Welch can be contacted at the same phone number, or at email@example.com.
John Rapson can be contacted at (319) 335-1633, or firstname.lastname@example.org.