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University of Iowa News Release


Oct. 30, 2009

UPDATE: This release contains updated information in regard to ordering tickets. Tickets for the Band Extravaganza are $5 in advance and $7 the night of the show.

Annual UI Band Extravaganza will be Nov. 9 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

The University of Iowa Band Extravaganza, always one the most popular annual events on campus presented by the UI School of Music, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Over the past four decades, the Band Extravaganza has become one of the UI's most anticipated events. Audiences are drawn from across the state, including high school band members and their directors, former band members, Hawkeye fans and just about anyone who enjoys a rousing concert of band music.

This year's performers will be the three top bands at the UI: the Symphony Band, under the direction of Richard Mark Heidel; the Johnson County Landmark (JCL) jazz big band, under John Rapson, UI director of jazz studies; and the Hawkeye Marching Band, under Kevin Kastens.

The top concert ensemble in the UI Department of Bands, the Symphony Band performs many of its own full-length concerts during the year, both on and off campus. The band will perform "The Star Spangled Banner," arranged by John Philip Souza; "Early Light" (based on "The Star Spangled Banner") by Carolyn Bremer; "National Emblem" by Edwin Eugene Bagley; and "America the Beautiful" Samuel Augustus Ward, arranged by Carmen Dragon.

JCL is the UI's ensemble devoted to the performance of original works by the great composers of the big-band jazz repertory. The band will perform "Pythodd Fellows" by John La Barbera, Gerald Wilson's "Blues for Yna Yna" and "Friday Night at the Cadillac Club" by Bob Berg.

Because the Hawkeye Marching Band is a big draw for ardent Hawkeye fans, Band Extravaganza performances always feature a sea of black-and-old-gold in the audience. This year the band will recap music from the 2009 marching season.

The biographies of the faculty director are accessible at

Tickets for the Band Extravaganza are $5 in advance and $7 the night of the show. Advance tickets may be ordered online at

The Hancher box office, located in the Old Capitol Town Center, is open for phone or walk-up business 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information visit

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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