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Oct. 28, 2005

Hawkeye Marching Band Will Create Pulse-Pounding Excitement Nov. 15-16

What produces more decibels and packs more pulse-pounding excitement than the Hawkeye Marching Band in Kinnick Stadium?

The Hawkeye Marching Band inside Hancher Auditorium, where they will be part of the 37th annual Band Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 15 and 16.

The Band Extravaganza features the top groups from the University of Iowa Band Department: the Hawkeye Marching Band (HMB), under director Kevin Kastens; the Johnson County Landmark jazz band (JCL), directed by John Rapson; the Jazz Repertory Ensemble (JRE), directed by Brent Sandy; and the Symphony Band, conducted by Myron Welch. The jazz bands will split the two performances, with JCL on Tuesday and JRE on Wednesday. The other bands will perform on both evenings.

Also performing on the program this year will be percussionist Dan Moore from the School of Music faculty in an exciting snare drum solo with the Symphony Band.

Over the past 36 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.

For the hardcore Hawk fans, the HMB is a big attraction, and the Band Extravaganza performances always feature a sea of black-and-old-gold in the audience. This year the band will recap its crowd-pleasing halftime shows with music from Ray Charles, Queen, the Beatles, adventure movies and an R-and-B compilation.

As always at the Band Extravaganza, the band will feature Golden Girl Diana Reed, Drum Major Jason Hillenbrand, the band's entire drumline, skits by band members and conclude with the traditional UI songs "On Iowa" and the "Iowa Fight Song."

The top concert ensemble in the UI Department of Bands, the Symphony Band performs many of its own full-length concerts during the year, both on and off-campus. Welch, who is the UI director of bands, will conduct the Symphony Band in Joseph Wilcox Jenkins "American Overture for Band," a fast and exciting overture that has become a standard in the band repertory; and the Suite from "The Pineapple Poll" by Sir Arthur Sullivan, with the best of the music from the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

As a special feature of this year's Extravaganza, Moore will perform a rudimental snare drum solo with the band, Dick Schory's "Assault." Performed at a recent concert by the Symphony Band, "Assault" brought the house down.

Rudimental drumming is a technique for playing snare drum that is based on a series of named rhythmic patterns that are used to construct the complex drum sequences heard in parades and performances by marching bands and drum corps.

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 Tuesday performance, JCL will play "Shirobara" by Ed Sarath, a former director of JCL and fixture of the Iowa City jazz scene who is now director of jazz studies at the University of Michigan; Rapson's "Mo'town"; and a movement from the Duke Ellington version of the holiday favorite "Nutcracker" Suite.

Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, JRE has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments. Made up of students in the UI School of Music, JRE performs works by established jazz masters as well as new works by UI students and other jazz composers.

On Wednesday, JRE will perform Ellington's "In a Mellowtone," as arranged by Frank Foster for the Count Basie big band; and "The Chicken" by PeeWee Ellis, arranged by Kris Burg.

Kastens is associate professor of music and associate director of bands at the UI. He directs the HMB and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and marching band techniques, and is the director of the All-State Music Camp. He has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada.

Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980. In addition to conducting the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, Welch coordinates the graduate program in band conducting, and he teaches courses in instrumental methods, conducting  and band literature. He was named a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts in recognition of years of distinguished teaching, research and service to the college.

Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and Nine Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. His experimental jazz recording "Dances and Orations" has been hailed as "one of the most vital CDs to come around in a long time" in Jazziz and as "a conceptual and musical triumph" by Josef Woodard in the Independent.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups including the OddBar Trio, the Grismore Scea Group, Equilateral and Anthony Cox's Shovel. As a former member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz and Oddbar he has made seven CDs, toured Europe in 1998 and twice been featured on "Jazzset with Branford Marsalis" on National Public Radio. He is an educational specialist/clinician for Conn/Selmer and a Conn Vintage One trumpet and flugelhorn artist.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic, multi-percussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist." He has performed throughout the United States, and in Japan and China. Known for his expertise in electronic percussion, he developed the MIDI marimba, which he designed to augment the acoustic marimba with electronically triggered sounds.

Tickets for reserved seats for the Band Extravaganza are available for $5 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.

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