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Eastern Iowa Brass Band is guest on UI Symphony Band concert April 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Symphony Band and director Myron Welch will share the stage with several guests when they present their final concert of the spring semester at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

The concert will feature both a guest soloist -- trumpeter David Greenhoe of the UI School of Music faculty -- and a guest ensemble -- the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and director John W. de Salme.

The performance will be free and open to the public.

The concert will present not only a variety of programming, but also a contrast of ensemble types. The Symphony Band represents the American concert band tradition, with full sections of all wind instruments, including flutes, clarinets, oboes and other woodwinds, as well as brass instruments and percussion. In contrast the Eastern Iowa Brass Band features what its name suggests -- only brass instruments, without woodwinds -- and represents a tradition that is associated with English bands.

Both groups will play works originally composed for their instrumentation, as well as arrangements of works from other media.

The Symphony Band will open their program with an arrangement of "Profanation," a movement from Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah, Symphony No. 1." Next, Greenhoe will be featured in "Rapsodia, Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble," a score that was commissioned by the UI Bands and bands from seven other schools from Roberto Sierra, composer in residence with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Other works on the Symphony Band's portion of the concert will be "Zion" by Dan Welcher, the 1997 winner of the American Bandmasters Association/Ostwald composition contest, and "Dance of the New World" by Dana Wilson, which draws on the many cultures that have contributed to American music, especially Latin American music.

The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will perform two works that come from the British brass band tradition: "The Champions" by Major G.H. Willcocks, a former director of the Irish Guards, and "Tam O'Shanter's Ride" by Denis Wright, a score based on Robert Burns' poem and written for the 1956 British Open Brass Band Championships at Manchester.

The other two works on their program come from the United States and Australia, two former British colonies that have kept the brass band tradition alive. "Come, Sweet Death" is an arrangement of a chorale tune by J.S. Bach that was written for the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and "Endeavor" by Philip Sparke was commissioned for the Festival of Bands in Brisbane, Australia, for the Bicentennial World Brass Band Championship held there in 1988. Named for the ship on which Captain James Cook first visited Australia, the score celebrates the country's history.

The Eastern Iowa Brass Bands traces its roots back to the Mt. Vernon Municipal Band and a time when the brass players of that group continued to meet informally after the end of the municipal bands' summer season. As the group grew, they found themselves giving concerts in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, and in 1986 they incorporated officially as the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.

Since then, the group has attended 11 North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championships, finishing in first place five times, and they have won the NABBA video contest seven consecutive years. In 1995, they hosted their own Grand Celebration of Brass Bands at Usher's Ferry in Cedar Rapids.

The musical director and principal conductor of the group, de Salme has been with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band for five years. A graduate of the UI with a master's degree in trombone performance, de Salme has played with the Corpus Christi Symphony and the Corpus Christi Municipal Band, as well as the UI Symphony Band and Symphony Orchestra. He is on the board of directors of the NABBA. He has taught public school music for 39 years and currently teaches in the Iowa City schools.

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 and the All-State Music Camp. 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.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held since 1975.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Greenhoe was a member and soloist of "The President's Own" -- the United States Marine Band in Washington D.C. -- and a member of the music performance faculty at Ball State University in Indiana. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic.