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Feb. 6, 2009

Local students share the stage with UI Symphony Band Feb. 21

Students from (hometown) are among 95 high-school musicians from 28 Iowa communities selected to play in the 2009 Iowa Honor Band at the University of Iowa School of Music.

(Year in school, name) from (name of school) will play (instrument) in the 2009 Honor Band.

The Honor Band will share the stage with UI Symphony Band for a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 in the auditorium of Iowa City West High School, 2901 Melrose Ave. Both bands will be led by Richard Mark Heidel, director of bands in the UI School of Music. Benjamin Coelho will be bassoon soloist with both groups. Kevin Kastens, the conductor of the UI Hawkeye Marching Band, will be guest conductor with the UI Symphony Band, which will also feature harpist Pamela Weest-Carrasco.

The concert will conclude the students' participation in the annual Honor Band events at the UI. Participants attend rehearsals of the Honor Band with the conductor and receive instruction on their instruments from UI School of Music wind and percussion faculty.

Honor Band members are chosen by the staff of the UI Band Department on the basis of recommendations from their high school band directors, who are invited to nominate their best musicians.

"This will be an exciting concert showcasing the talents of outstanding university and high school musicians," Heidel said. "The program consists of diverse and challenging selections that will combine to make a most enjoyable and well-rounded evening of music.

"The Honor Band, composed of almost 100 musicians representing high schools from across Iowa, will meet to prepare their program for the first time on Saturday. It is always remarkable to see how quickly an Honor Band can come together to rehearse and present a concert in a single day."

The program for the Honor Band portion of the Feb. 21 concert will be:

--"Exultate" by Samuel Hazo.
--The traditional Irish melody "Be Thou My Vision," arranged for band by Ron Knoener.
--"Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann (The Happy Farmer)" by William Davis, with Coelho as bassoon soloist.
--The march "Amparito Roca" by Jamie Texidor.
--"Trail of Tears" by James Barnes.

The program for the Symphony Band will be:

--"Profanation" from Symphony No. 1 ("Jeremiah") by Leonard Bernstein, transcribed for band by Frank Bencriscutto.
--"Fugue a la Gigue" by J.S. Bach, arranged for band by Gustav Holst.
--"Fantasia 'Una Voce poco fa' from Rossini's 'Barber of Seville'" by Frederick Berr, transcribed and conducted by Kastens and featuring Coelho as soloist.
--"Niagara Falls" by Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty, featuring Weest-Carrasco.
--The Polka and Fugue from "Schwanda, the Bagpiper" by Jaromir Weinberger, transcribed for band by Glenn Bainum.

Heidel joined the UI faculty as director of bands in the fall of 2008. He directs the Symphony Band, teaches graduate courses, guides the graduate band conducting program, and coordinates UI bands. He was recently elected to membership into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Ensembles under Heidel's direction have performed at state, regional and national conferences, and on tour in England, Ireland and the United States. He maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, guest lecturer, arranger and custom drill designer. His list of publications includes numerous articles in the National Band Association Journal and Teaching Music. For more more information visit

Kastens joined the UI faculty as director of the Hawkeye Marching Band in 1998. He also directs the Concert Band and teaches band arranging and marching band techniques. He has presented workshops and clinics and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. For more information visit

A member of the UI faculty since 1998, Coelho has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Portugal, France, Romania, Australia, Canada and Czech Republic. As a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet he performed on concert tours throughout the United States. For more information visit

Weest-Carrasco plays harp for the UI Symphony Orchestra and the UI Center for New Music, as well as the Cedar Rapids, Quad City and Southeast Iowa symphonies. She teaches at the Preucil School in Iowa City. Her diverse performing career has included appearances with Julio Iglesias, Lainie Kazan, Jack Jones, Toni Tenille and the Moody Blues. She received bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that students from your community or readership area are members of the 2009 Iowa Honor Band. The participants are listed alphabetically by town and high school. The following information appears after the town and school names: Student's name, year in school, instrument played and parents' name(s). Hometown listings are based on information provided by the students; editors are advised to check the listings for all towns in their area.

ALBIA: Albia High School -- Kevin Fitzpatrick, sophomore, trumpet; Caleb Haselhuba, sophomore, saxophone; Susana Merrick, senior, baritone; Aaron Peterson, junior, trombone; William Smead, junior, percussion

BETTENDORF: Assumption High School -- Jamie Blaser, sophomore, trumpet; Stephanie Blaser, senior, bassoon

BURLINGTON: Burlington High School -- Cleo Goeckner, junior, bassoon; Bethany Hexom, sophomore, flute; Kendall Moore, freshman, flute; Surekha Uma Mullangi, freshman, clarinet; Lindsey Ruberg, junior, horn; Eric Wozniak, senior, trumpet
Linn-Mar High School -- David Peiffer, sophomore, saxophone

CEDAR RAPIDS: Jefferson High School -- Sidney Hofman, junior, saxophone; Adam Houk, freshman, trumpet; Allyson Louzek, junior, clarinet
Linn-Mar High School -- Michael Kirk, senior, trombone; Tommy Rauch, sophomore, trombone; Donyell Sison, freshman, clarinet
Prairie High School -- Matt Abben, senior, trombone; Will Kaplan, senior, trombone; Amber Lebeda, junior, saxophone; Mackenize Manternach, senior, flute; Katrina Thomas, sophomore, horn

CORALVILLE: West High School -- Emily Medd, freshman, horn; Audrey Scranton, senior, oboe; Aaron Sigmund, junior, trumpet

DAVENPORT: Assumption High School -- Ethan Connors, senior, baritone; Brian Delaney, sophomore, percussion; Liz Hines, junior, horn; William Jones, senior, oboe; A.J. Skinner, freshman, baritone
Davenport Central High School -- Jennnifer Keys, sophomore, bassoon

DURANT: Durant High School -- Phillip Klopp, junior, trumpet

EPWORTH: Western Dubuque High School -- Becky Neal, junior, flute

FAIRFAX: Prairie High School -- Johnathan Langenberg, sophomore, tuba; Brandi Webster, senior, clarinet

FERTILE: Forest City High School -- Jessica Kleveland, senior, clarinet

FOREST CITY: Forest City High School -- Julian Hasselhorn, senior, trombone; Amy Rieffer, senior, clarinet; Natalia Stimac, senior, flute

HANLONTOWN: Forest City High School -- Michael Lunning, senior, clarinet

HIAWATHA: Kennedy High School -- Aaron Lohff, junior, horn

HOLY CROSS: Western Dubuque High School -- Kyle Pape, senior, trombone

IOWA CITY: City High School -- Nathaniel Dean, sophomore, saxophone; Lelia Gessner, junior, clarinet; Liz Gosse, sophomore, flute; Sangwoo Han, freshman, flute; Hyunbi Han, sophomore, trombone; Monica Hemingway, freshman, clarinet; Rachel Ottmar, senior, clarinet; Aaron Ottmar, sophomore, percussion
West High School -- Michael Aitchison, freshman, horn; Curtis Boysen, sophomore, percussion; Ella Brown, sophomore, clarinet; Michelle Han, senior, flute; Joe Henderson, freshman, trumpet; Joanna Kao, senior, clarinet; James Nicholas, junior, tuba; Julia O'Donnell, sophomore, clarinet; Molly Parsons, sophomore, clarinet; Emily Pettit, junior, percussion; Erica Segre, freshman, bassoon

LOVILLA: Albia High School -- Shanna Parker, junior, clarinet

MARBLE ROCK: Rockford High School -- Tucker Brinkman, senior, tuba

MARION: Linn-Mar High School -- Arielle Coffman, senior, bassoon; Sarah Hadley, sophomore, clarinet; Stephanie Kaplan, senior, trombone; Alycia Lee, senior, flute; Ben Reid, senior, euphonium; Madeline Stenersen, junior, clarinet
Marion High School -- Sam Magnificio, senior, percussion; Emily Roberts, freshman, saxophone; Sean Valentine, sophomore, clarinet

MUSCATINE: Muscatine High School -- Kalli Shelangoski, senior, flute

NORTH LIBERTY: West High School -- Edward Wurster, senior, trumpet

PEOSTA: Western Dubuque High School -- Brianna Hoffmann, junior, saxophone

SHELLSBURG: Vinton-Shellsburg High School -- Kosetle Brown, sophomore, clarinet

SWISHER: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School - Danielle Wright, senior, percussion

VINTON: Vinton-Shellsburg High School -- Megan Jorgensen, sophomore, trumpet; James Yeuser, sophomore, trombone

WATERLOO: Waterloo West High School -- Ashley Lorenz, junior, clarinet

WILLIAMSBURG: Williamsburg High School -- Sean Burnham, senior, saxophone; Will Claypool, sophomore, trombone; Shelbie Day, junior, bassoon; Michaella Garringer, freshman, oboe; Raychael Garringer, senior, flute; Tiffani McClain, sophomore, clarinet; Morgan Miller, junior, clarinet; Kubat Rahatbek, junior, flute; Shantel Schwarting, junior, flute; Caryn Sowder, junior, euphonium

WILTON: Wilton High School -- Dana Telsrow, senior, tuba

WORTHINGTON: Western Dubuque High School -- Nicholas DeHoff, senior, baritone

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