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April 26, 2005

Jason Hillenbrand Selected Drum Major Of Hawkeye Marching Band

Jason Hillenbrand, a sophomore from Palatine, Ill., has been selected as the drum major for the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band.

Hillenbrand, who is a music education major in the UI School of Music, has played trombone in the Hawkeye Marching Band (HMB) for the past two years. He was drum major of his high school marching band in Palatine his senior year and holds first-class certification from the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Summer Clinic.

Hillenbrand was one of four candidates who auditioned for drum major April 7. Each candidate was asked to demonstrate knowledge of marching fundamentals, demonstrate conducting patterns, perform the traditional pre-game entrance strut and back bend, perform a self-designed showmanship routine and interview with the judging panel at the end of the audition.

The judging panel included HMB Director Kevin Kastens, UI Director of Bands Myron Welch, HMB announcer Lou Crist, UI spirit squads coordinator Gregg Niemiec and student members of the graduate band staff.

"I was very pleased with each of the four candidates," Kastens said. "They all worked hard and were very well prepared for the audition.

"Jason's prior experience as a high school drum major was evident. He has a great work ethic. I know Hawkeye fans will enjoy watching him perform next season!"

The drum major is the highest-ranking student leader of the HMB and is a member of the undergraduate teaching staff. In addition to performing with the band on game days, the drum major serves as a field assistant during rehearsal and helps correct individual errors and drill problems throughout the season.

Hillenbrand follows Dameon Place of Oskaloosa as drum major. A music education major, Place will graduate from the UI in May and will be director of bands at Williamsburg (Iowa) High School next fall.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music Web site at See the Hawkeye Marching Band's Web site, at The Web page for the drum major is

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