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April 6, 2005

New Horizons Band Celebrates Anniversary At The Englert April 24

The Iowa City New Horizons Band, a joint project of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center and the University of Iowa School of Music, will present its 10th-anniversary concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24 in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

The concert, under Conductor Don Coffman and Assistant Conductor Erin Wehr-Flowers, will feature several works by Coralville resident Chuck Kreeb, who has written both original works and arrangements specifically for the New Horizons Band.

"Our first rehearsal was Jan. 17, 1995," Coffman said. "We're excited to have a concert in the historic Englert Theatre and look forward to having members of the audience join us afterwards at the Senior Center for a birthday celebration of refreshments.

"The program is our typical array of music -- classics, marches and light concert music -- but I especially want to highlight the fact that we'll be featuring three selections by Chuck Kreeb. Chuck has composed or arranged over a dozen works for us during the past 10 years, so it seemed fitting to honor these contributions by replaying three of them."

Works on the program will be:

-- "Awakening Hills" by Richard Saucedo, a work commissioned for the 2003 Iowa Middle School Honor Band and named for the Loess Hills in western Iowa;

-- "Canterbury Chorale" by Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost, who last year conducted the Iowa All-State Festival Band;

-- "Coat of Arms" March by George Kenny;

-- "Slavonic Dance," op. 46 no. 8 by Antonin Dvorak, in a band arrangement that Kreeb said gave him perhaps more pleasure than any other work he's arranged or composed;

-- "Giles Farnaby Suite," a collection of Renaissance keyboard pieces arranged for band by English composer Gordon Jacob;

-- "Amazing Grace," arranged by Kreeb and performed by the band in a memorial tribute to past members of the group;

-- "Prelude and Rondo" by David Holsinger;

-- "Largo al Factotum," Figaro's most famous aria from "The Barber of Seville" by Gioachinno Rossini, arranged for band by Geoffrey Brand, featuring the band's euphonium players Jon Cryer and Bob Engel; and

-- "A Salute to Spike Jones," a musical comedian featured on radio and television in the 1950s and '60s, arranged by Calvin Custer.

The band will conclude the concert with "The Jovial Gentleman," a march composed by Kreeb in memory of Pearl West, the founder of West Music Company and a founder and long-time member of the Iowa City Community Band.

West was a high school dropout until he attended a football game at Centerville, Ia., where he saw the marching band show at half time. Inspired by the performance, he moved to Centerville and worked to put himself through high school. After receiving a degree in music education from the UI, he opened a one-room instrument repair shop in Iowa City and taught woodwinds at City High School. West is remembered in the local community for his gentle smile and his constant support of music programs at all levels.

The New Horizons Band provides opportunities for adults 50 and older to learn or resume playing a musical instrument and enjoy playing with others. Rehearsing at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, it includes both novices and players who are reacquainting themselves with their instruments. Since its establishment in 1995 the program has grown from 24 to 68 members and has expanded to include four bands -- the concert band, plus polka, swing and Dixieland bands -- with a total of more than 200 performances.

It is part of a nationwide New Horizons Project sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants and the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers. More information is available on the web at or

A member of the music education faculty at the UI, Coffman has more than 25 years of teaching experience spanning all age levels. He currently teaches courses in conducting, methods for teaching instrumental music in schools, psychology of music and techniques for researching and measuring musical behaviors.

An active researcher in life-long learning in music, his articles regularly appear in music education research journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music and Psychomusicology.

Admission to the April 24 concert by the New Horizon Band will be $5. Tickets are available from the Englert Box Office, 221 E. Washington in downtown Iowa City. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. For additional ticket information, call the box office at 319-688-2653.

The mission of the Englert Civic Theatre, Inc. is to own, maintain and operate the Englert Theatre as a community arts center and performance space, enhancing  the vitality of Iowa City's historic downtown by preserving its last historic  theater.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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