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Release: Oct. 25, 2001
33rd annual UI Band Extravaganza will be 'An American Salute' Nov. 13-14
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 33rd annual Band Extravaganza, "An American
Salute," will feature the top bands from the University of Iowa School
of Music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 13 and 14, in Hancher Auditorium
on the UI campus.
The Band Extravaganza features three ensembles: the Hawkeye Marching Band,
under director Kevin Kastens; the Johnson County Landmark jazz band, directed
by John Rapson; and the Symphony Band, conducted by Myron Welch.
Over the past 32 years, the Band Extravaganza has become one of the UI's
most popular events. Audiences are drawn from across the state, including
high school band members and their directors, former band members, Hawkeye
fans and just about anyone who enjoys a rousing concert of band music.
"An American Salute," the program selected to pay homage to our
country during this time of crisis, will include patriotic favorites and other
The UI Symphony Band performs many of its own full-length concerts during
the year, both on and off-campus. Its program contains contemporary works
and transcriptions as well as standard band repertoire.
Welch will conduct the Symphony Band in four pieces for the Band Extravaganza:
a new concert version by Jack Stamp of "The Star Spangled Banner";
Lowell Mason's beloved hymn "Nearer My God to Thee, as arranged for band
by Herbert L. Clarke, the cornet soloist and assistant conductor of John Philip
Sousa's famous band; Morton Gould's "An American Salute"; and Sousa's
"Stars and Stripes Forever."
Johnson County Landmark (JCL) is the UI's ensemble devoted to the performance
of original works by the great composers of the big-band jazz repertory. Consisting
of the best jazz players at the School of Music, JCL is known for picking
up the prizes at jazz festivals and contests around the country.
For the concert, JCL will play "Groovin' High," a bebop anthem
from Dizzy Gillespie's late 1940s big band; "Thirty-Five" by trailblazing
electric bass player Steve Swallow, who was a guest of the UI last spring;
and "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," a concert stopper from the
1956 Newport Jazz Festival that revived the career of Duke Ellington and is
captured on one of his most famous recordings.
As always, the Hawkeye Marching Band promises to provide lots of fun and
surprises. The band will play selections from the 2001 football-season half-time
shows, including the traditional band skits and a performance by the drum
line, and concluding with the traditional UI songs "On Iowa" and
the "Iowa Fight Song."
In their performance, the Hawkeye Marching Band will feature Pres Maxson
from Deerfield Ill., in his third year as drum major; and Golden Girl Julie
Canterbury from Norwalk, Iowa. The current season is Canterbury's fifth and
final year with the Hawkeye Marching Band.
Having been a baton twirler since she was three years old, Canterbury is
the current Miss College Majorette of America, National Collegiate Strutting
Champion and National Collegiate Twirling Champion. This summer she became
the first person to win all three honors in the same year and the first person
to win the traveling trophy for the National Collegiate Twirling Championship
-- a tankard given by the Queen of England -- for the third time.
Kastens is associate director of bands at the UI. He directs the Hawkeye
Marching Band and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and marching band
techniques, and is the director of the All-State Music Camp. Before coming
to the UI in 1998 Kastens served five years at the University of Missouri,
where he directed the marching band, Marching Mizzou, and the pep band for
men's basketball games.
Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques
and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest
and Canada. He has had numerous articles published on instrumental music education
in The Instrumentalist and other professional publications. A leader in the
field of computer-assisted marching band drill design, he helped develop "Drill
Quest," a drill-writing software program.
Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz
studies in August 1993. He is a recording artist for the Sound Aspects and
Nine Winds labels whose work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more
conventional jazz forms. His professional career began in Los Angeles, and
he has since performed with a number of leading jazz artists on both coasts.
Rapson previously taught at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and later at
Wesleyan University in Connecticut before coming to Iowa City.
One of Rapson's recordings with JCL, "A Mingus Among Us," was
described as "over 70 minutes of sweet, sophisticated jazz classics"
in ICON magazine, and River Cities Reader commented that "JCL, the top
big band for the University of Iowa School of Music, captures the power of
Mingus' music wonderfully." JCL recently released a new album of original
pieces by Rapson entitled "Daydreams from the Prairie" on Nine Winds.
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. 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 of the American Bandmasters Association, the Big
10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters Association. He is
a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout
the United States. He was recently named a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College
of Liberal Arts in recognition of years of distinguished teaching, research
and service to the college.
Tickets for reserved seats for the Band Extravaganza are available for $4
from the Hancher Auditorium Box Office. Hancher Auditorium box office business
hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the
local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary
services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people
with hearing impairment who use that technology. Tickets may be ordered on-line
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