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Release: Nov. 27, 2002
(Photo: Kevin Kastens, who directs the Hawkeye Marching Band, will lead the
UI Concert Band in a shared concert with the University Band at 8 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 11, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.)
UI University And Concert Bands Present Free Concert Dec. 11
University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will
present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
University Band is under the direction of UI graduate assistant Ken Thompson.
The Concert Band: is directed by Kevin Kastens, a UI faculty member and director
of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Graduate student Max Chernick will be a featured
guest conductor with the Concert Band.
As major ensembles of the UI School of Music, the two bands are open to all
UI students by audition. Their joint concert will be free and open to the
The University Band will play five original works for band: “Parade
of the Wooden Warriors” by Adam Gorb, Fantasia for Band by Vittorio
Giannini, “Rejouissance” (Rejoicing) by James Curnow and March:
“Omega Lambda Chi” by Charles Ives.
“Parade of the Wooden Warriors” is intended to describe the advance
and retreat of an imaginary army in ancient times. The music is styled after
Renaissance dance music.
Vittorio Giannini, most familiar to band audiences for his Symphony No. 3
for band, began his career as a violinist, but always had an interest in the
band. He grew up around band music, since his father was an organizer for
the Philadelphia Royal Marine Band. The Fantasia was commissioned in 1963
by the Northern Westchester and Putnam County Music Teachers Association.
“Rejouissance” is a French word meaning rejoicing, and also refers
to 17th- and 18th-century compositions that are short, lively and bring enjoyment
to the listener. This work is a fantasia based on Martin Luther’s chorale
melody “Ein Feste Burg” (A mighty fortress) and was commissioned
by the St. Joseph (Mich.) Municipal Band.
Following the performance by the University Band, the Concert Band will play
five works. Kastens will conduct “Inglesina” (The little English
girl) by Davide Delle Cese, “The Solitary Dancer” by Warren Benson,
“Colonial Song” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, and “Mutanza”
(Variation) by James Curnow; and Chernick will conduct a performances of Vincent
The oldest work on the program, “Inglesina” (The little English
girl) was written in 1897 while Delle Cese was bandmaster at Bitonto, a town
near the Adriatic seaport city of Bari, Italy. “Inglesina” has
been a popular concert march for many decades. Col. (Ret.) John R. Bourgeois,
former conductor of the United States Marine Corps Band, edited this arrangement
for modern concert band instrumentation in 2000.
“Pageant” was commissioned for the 1953 American Bandmasters
Association Conference by Edwin Frank Goldman, who conducted the premiere.
Originally titled “Morning Music For Band,” the work opens in
a slow tempo with a motif in the horn that is used throughout both sections.
The solemn opening section is succeeded by a vivacious parade, introduced
first by the snare drum. The two principal subjects are developed simultaneously
to the climax.
Benson is professor emeritus in composition at the Eastman School of Music.
“The Solitary Dancer” is considered a masterpiece in economy of
resources, sensitivity for wind and percussion colors, and subtle development
and recession of instrumental and musical frenzy. Benson wrote, “the
work refers to the quiet, poised energy that one may observe in a dancer in
repose, alone with her inner music.”
Kastens is associate professor of music and 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
Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques and
computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest
and Canada. He has had numerous articles published on instrumental music education
in The Instrumentalist and other professional publications.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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