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Release: March 31, 2000

UI School of Music faculty member reaches potential audience of six million listeners

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mark Weiger is flying high.

The oboist and faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music has learned that a compact disc recording that he made with WiZARDS!, a double-reed quartet he helped found, is being featured on the American Airlines Audio Performance program "Command Performance," with a potential audience of 6 million passengers.

Weiger learned of this when a friend contacted him after returning from a trip to France.

"She told me that as she was browsing through the American Airlines Magazine on the flight looking at the musical selections for the in-flight music she noticed that there were selections from 'Fantasy for WiZARDS!' listed," Weiger said.

Weiger contacted American Airlines, and received an e-mail message from Tim Ward, the director of audio programming for AEI Inflight, the company that provides American Airlines with their inflight entertainment.

"I can confirm 'WiZARDS!' is on American Airlines' audio programming, specifically in the Classical music show on Channel 1 titled 'Command Performance,'" Ward wrote.

"American Airlines has 272 audio equipped aircraft in their fleet, both domestic and international. This program plays on all those aircraft. These 272 aircraft fly approximately 18,000 flights in total per month, exposing approximately 3,000,000 passengers to the audio per month. As this audio program will play for 2 months, that's approximately 6,000,000 passengers that will be potentially exposed to the audio inflight entertainment."

WiZARDS! is a double reed quartet featuring the oboe, bassoon, English horn, oboe d'amore, contra bassoon and piccolo oboe. In addition to Weiger, members of the group are Andrea Gullickson, oboe and oboe d'amore; S. Blake Duncan, English horn; and Greg Morton, Bassoon.

The group currently gives nearly 30 concerts each year, and they have toured through 15 states, including performances in Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Washington D.C. "Fantasy for WiZARDS!," their second CD, was released in December 1997 on the Crystal label. Their third CD, "Classical WiZARDRY," is due to be released on Crystal next month.

WiZARDS! Can be found on the internet at

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos and additional information about WiZARDS! Can be found at their web site, <>.)