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Release: May 28, 1999

Students in All-State Music Camp will present free concerts at UI June 12, 16, 18

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students participating in the All-State Music Camp will present three free concerts during the camp, which will take place June 6-18 at the University of Iowa School of Music in Iowa City.

The camp's large ensembles -- the concert bands, orchestra and mixed choir -- will present their concerts at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12 and at 7 p.m. Friday, June 18 in Clapp Recital Hall. The jazz bands and madrigal/jazz choir will present a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 in Clapp Recital Hall.

All music camp concerts are free and open to the public.

Nearly 240 talented instrumentalists and vocalists of high-school and junior-high age will participate in the 1999 All-State Music Camp.

The top band, the Gold Band, will be directed by Dale J. Lonis, director of bands at the University of Missouri in Columbia and Major Mark Peterson of the US Air Force Bands in Washington, D.C.

The bands for younger students, the Red Band and Black Band, will be directed by four outstanding Iowa band directors: John Aboud, from Algona High School in Algona; James Bawden, from North Scott Junior High School in Eldridge; Leon Kuehner, from Hampton-Dumont High School in Hampton; and David Lang, from Independence High School in Independence.

The orchestra will be conducted by Steven Amundson from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and William LaRue Jones, the conductor of the UI Symphony Orchestra.

The chorus will be conducted by William Hatcher of the UI and Richard Bjella from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. The madrigal/jazz choir will be conducted by Daniel Afonso, a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the UI School of Music.

The jazz bands will be led by John Rapson, director of the jazz studies are at the UI, and Bob Long from Valley High School in West Des Moines.

The All-State Music Camp, sponsored by the UI School of Music and directed by UI Hawkeye Marching Band Director Kevin Kastens, provides a variety of performing experiences for talented young musicians who have completed grades 8-12. All participants were recommended by their school music teachers. In addition to the ensemble rehearsals and performances, classes are offered in music theory, music appreciation, musical forms and ideas, organ, jazz improvisation, choral and instrumental conducting, and double-reed making for oboe and bassoon players. Many students also take private lessons with UI artist-teachers.