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University of Iowa appoints L. Kevin Kastens director of Hawkeye Marching Band

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.