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University of Iowa News Release

May 27, 2005

Adult Campers Attend All-State Music Camp At The University Of Iowa

The University of Iowa All-State Music Camp continues to serve both young and old with an adult band that is available for musicians age 21 and older, in addition to the bands, choirs and orchestra for young musicians that for many years have been the traditional offerings of summer music camps.

This is the fourth year for the UI adult band camp. Like the young campers, the adult students tote their instruments to rehearsal and attend classes. They will play in a gala final concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

Local musician(s) (names and instruments listed below) will attend the camp.

"We are very pleased to offer the adult band," Kevin Kastens, director of the All-State Music Camp, commented. "Music is a life-long avocation, whether one enjoys making music, or just simply listening,"

In addition to playing in the adult band, directed by UI music education faculty member Don Coffman, the older participants will have the opportunity to take any of the classes that are offered to the younger campers, including music theory, music appreciation and conducting.

The adult camp grew out of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center New Horizons Band, a program for senior adults that Coffman founded in 1995.

"The Iowa City New Horizons Band was the fourth of its kind in the United States," Coffman explained. "The week-long camp is a natural extension of the success of the New Horizons Band. While similar camps exist in other parts of the country, most are for only a few days and do not provide the array of courses that the UI does.

"I'm always look forward to an intensive week of music making with dedicated amateur musicians, and I use the term amateur musician in the best sense of that word -- a lover of music, one who approaches music as serious leisure."

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, he is a member of the Music Education Research Council of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, research chair for Iowa's Music Educators Association and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Research in Music Education, published by the Music Educators National Conference. His articles regularly appear in music education research journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music and Psychomusicology.

He holds a master's degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas.

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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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that adults from your readership participated in the 2005 adult band at the All-State Music Camp at the UI School of Music. Information is listed alphabetically by town. After the town names are the names of participants and their instruments in the band. Please note that the information is listed as it came to Arts Center Relations.


BETTENDORF: Janice Gibbs, bassoon

CEDAR FALLS: Lewis Lynch, saxophone

CEDAR RAPIDS: Janice Cummings, saxophone/percussion

CORALVILLE: Linda Fisher, trombone, baritone, tuba; Roger Fisher, trumpet; Chuck Kreeb, trombone; Williams Laubengayer, woodwinds

DAVENPORT: Sandy Stoltenberg, clarinet; Sue Youngberg, bassoon

GRINNELL: Delmar Larsen, tuba

IOWA CITY: Kathie Belgum, trumpet; Glorine Berry, French horn; Joan Buxton, clarinet; Helen Chadima, clarinet; Jim Corwin, clarinet; Jonathan Cryer, euphonium; Sue Dallam, percussion/bassoon; Barb Hanson, trumpet; Janet Hoffey, percussion; Darlene Hoskinson, clarinet; Sally Jablonski, percussion; Wallace Johnson, tuba; Jean Lloyd-Jones, clarinet; Beverly Mueller, saxophone; Janet Nelson, flute; Margaret Richardson, saxophone; Hal Richerson, trombone; Judy Schroeder, oboe; Ken Slonneger, trombone; Diane Stamp, trombone; William Thorne, trombone; Elizabeth Walz, clarinet; Jerry Weir, flute; Robert Weir, clarinet; Nancy Wombacher, trumpet; Robert Engel, euphonium

SOLON: Joan Anderson, trumpet

WATERLOO: John Boyd, clarinet


PHOENIX: Joan Cantor, percussion

SUN CITY: Max Beach, tuba


SANIBEL: Judith Smith, clarinet


DIXON: Paula Gilbert, saxophone

ORION: Lynne Baze, trumpet


CHAPEL HILL: Alice Taylor, French horn


NORMAN: Frances Ayres, clarinet

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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