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University of Iowa appoints L. Kevin Kastens director of Hawkeye
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of Music has announced
the appointment of L. Kevin Kastens, currently associate director of bands
at the University of Missouri, as associate professor of music and director
of the Hawkeye Marching Band.
Kastens will begin his duties at the UI July 1, when he will begin working
with the staff and students to plan for the 1998 fall football season.
Myron Welch, UI director of bands, commented: "We are very excited
to have Professor Kastens join our band staff and the School of Music.
He brings a wealth of successful experience with bands similar to ours,
which should provide for a smooth transition. I think he will be a great
colleague and leader of our Hawkeye Marching Band."
Kastens has been five years at the University of Missouri, where he
directed the marching band, the Marching Mizzou, and a smaller band for
men's basketball games, the Mini Mizzou. In addition, he has served as
coordinator of sports band activities and conductor of the Symphonic Band
and taught courses in band directing and marching band techniques.
Before moving to Missouri Kastens was assistant director of bands at
Indiana University (1987-93) and taught high school bands in Wheeling (1978-87)
and Arlington Heights (1977-78), Ill.
At Indiana he conducted the Marching Hundred and taught several music
education courses, including literature for school bands, marching band
techniques, and instrumental and choral music arranging.
Kastens has been editor and contributing writer for Missouri Band Notes
and written articles for the Music Educators Journal and other professional
publications. He assisted in the beta testing and development of "Drill
Quest," a marching band drill-writing software program, and he continues
to be involved in the improvement of the program and the development of
new features. He has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques
and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor at band clinics
throughout the Midwest.
Kastens succeeds Morgan Jones, who was director of the Hawkeye Marching
Band 1973-91 and served as interim director for the past two years.