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Nov. 23, 2005

University And Concert Bands Present Dec. 7 Joint Concert At UI

The University and Concert bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present their traditional end-of-year joint concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their joint concert will be free and open to the public.

Two of the concert wind ensembles in the UI Band Department, the University and Concert Bands are open to UI students. They share the program for a concert at least once each semester.

The Concert Band is directed by Kevin Kastens, a member of the School of Music faculty who also leads the Hawkeye Marching Band during the fall semester and heads the All-State Music Camp each June.

The Concert Band will play six works, five under Kastens' direction and one with UI graduate student Craig Aarhus. The complete program will be:

-- "Fanfare for Sparticus" by James Curnow;

-- "A Jubilant Overture" by Alfred Reed;

-- "An Original Suite" by Gordon Jacob, directed by Aarhus;

-- "Tribute" by Mark Camphouse;

-- "Prophecy for the Earth" by David Gillingham, featuring organist Delbert Disselhorst from the School of Music faculty; and

-- the "National Emblem" march by E. E. Bagley.

The "Fanfare for Sparticus "was commissioned by Michigan State University Bands for the 125th anniversary celebration of the founding of the band program. It is dedicated to Harry Begian, MSU director of bands from 1967 until 1970.

"Tribute" was composed as a commission from the commander of the United States Army Band, Colonel Eugene W. Allen and his wife, Claire, to honor all American women who have served their country in the armed forces. The work is ceremonial in character with two outer fanfare-like sections contrasted by a lyrical middle section. "Tribute" was the runner-up for the 1986 Ostwald Award of the American Bandmasters Association, one of the most prestigious and time-honored competitions in American music.

Bagley composed "National Emblem," his best-known work and perhaps one of the finest marches ever written, in 1905. In addition to "The Star Spangled Banner," which provided melodic material for the first strain and trio, Bagley was inspired by his memories of the herds of buffalo he had seen while crossing the western prairies in the 1870s and 1880s, which suggested the heavy, repetitive beats heard in the trio.

The University Band is directed by Larry Petersen, a graduate student in the UI band program. They will perform six works on the Dec. 7 concert:

-- "Fanfare and Flourishes for a Festive Occasion" by James Curnow;

-- "Marche des Parachutistes Belges" (March of the Belgian paratroopers) by Pierre Leemans, arranged for American concert band by Charles A. Wiley;

-- "Tryptich II" by Elliot del Borgo;

-- "Down a Country Lane" by Aaron Copland, transcribed for band by Merlin Patterson;

-- "Toledo" by Bruce Carlson; and

-- the "Amparito Roca" march by Jaime Texidor, arranged for American concert band by Aubrey Winter.

Writing in many different styles, Curnow has become one of the band world's most prolific composers. "Fanfare and Flourishes for a Festive Occasion" was commissioned for the 1991 European Brass Band Championships in Rotterdam, Holland. The current symphonic band version is a result of a commission by the Alfred M. Barbe High School Symphonic Band of Lake Charles, La., and its conductor, Steve Hand.

With more than 140 band compositions to his credit, del Borgo has become known for his rhythmic writing style and educationally sound compositions. An experienced teacher, he appears as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States. 

Originally conceived as a piano piece, Copland's "Down a Country Lane" also found a place in his Youth Orchestra Series. The orchestral version was premiered in 1962 and was later transcribed for band by Merlin Patterson in 1991.

A native of Barcelona, Spain, Texidor was a prolific composer of band music. He wrote more than 100 "pasodoble," a fast march style that is often played at bullfights, the most popular of which is "Amparito Roca." It was originally published with the English title "The Sheltered Cliff," but the popular legend is that Texidor dedicated the score to a girl from his home region whose name was Amparito Roca.

Kastens is associate professor of music and 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.

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.

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