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April 14, 2006

April 29 Brass Festival At UI School Of Music Will Include Public Concerts

"Brass Fest," a day-long event presented by the brass department at the University of Iowa School of Music, will include several free concerts, as well as lectures, master classes and workshops for brass students, Saturday, April 29, in the UI Voxman Music Building.

The concerts will be:

-- 10 a.m. in Harper Hall: "Brass Showcase," featuring UI students and faculty, blues pianist Patrick Hazell and the UI faculty improvisation trio Cerberus

-- 1 p.m. in Harper Hall: "Homecoming Iowa," featuring performance by UI alumni

-- 6 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall: the Brass Fest final concert, featuring the resident faculty brass ensemble, the Iowa Brass Quintet, and David Werden, a UI alumnus and euphonium virtuoso.

Other events on the "Brass Fest" schedule include a warm-up class with UI doctoral tuba student Josh Calkin, and master classes presented by the brass faculty. Brass-playing participants are encouraged to bring their instrument to participate in these classes.

All events will be free and open to the public.

Cerberus, the UI faculty brass trio that specializes in improvisation performances, is named for the three-headed dog that guards Hades in Greek mythology. Members are Jeffrey Agrell, horn; Brent Sandy, trumpet; and John Manning, tuba. The group was formed in 2005 and gave its first public concert at the UI last May.

Hazell was called "a legend in Iowa Music" by the Des Moines Register and was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of fame in 2000. In 1968 he established the Mother Blues Band in Iowa City, and through the 1970s and early '80s Mother Blues toured extensively in the Midwest. As a solo performer he has given performances in the United States and Europe. His has made more than 30 recordings, and he has been the subject of television and radio broadcasts throughout his career.

As an educator, Hazell deals with songwriting, improvisation and the elements of jazz and blues. His class, "Advanced Instrumental Music," was featured on Iowa Public Television's "Living in Iowa" program for its innovative approach to music education, allowing the students to create and perform their own music. He has also presented numerous Blues-In-The-School programs.

A graduate of the UI, Werden was the euphonium soloist with the United States Coast Guard Band for more than 20 years. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Japan and the former Soviet Union. Through radio and television broadcasts his solos have been heard in dozens of countries around the world.

He is a recitalist and clinician, and has performed at local, national and international symposiums. He was a member of The USCG Band Euphonium/Tuba Quartet, the Atlantic Tuba Quartet and the Classic Brass Band. He previously taught at the University of Connecticut and is listed in the 1996 edition of Marquis' "Who's Who in American Education."

The Iowa Brass Quintet (IBQ), a resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic concert associations and professional meetings throughout the United States. Its current members are David Greenhoe and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Jeff Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba.

Founded in the early 1950s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. The quintet's CD "Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration" features works by composers associated with the UI, either as faculty or students in the School of Music, or whose works have been favorites of the group over the years. It was released as part of the celebration of the UI Sesquicentennial in 1997.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and is active as a soloist and recitalist. During summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held since 1975.

Deur is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony and has been a trumpet instructor at UI. She has performed widely as a soloist and clinician, has been principal trumpet of the Des Moines Symphony and has been a member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

Gier came to the UI in August 1995. He has taught at Baylor University and Central Connecticut State University. He began his professional career in New England as a member of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony and Orchestra New England. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven and Hartford symphonies, and Keith Brion's Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently principal trombone of the Quad City Symphony and the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra.

Agrell joined the UI School of Music faculty in 2000 after a 25-year career as symphony musician. At the UI he teaches horn, directs the Horn Choir and coaches chamber music in addition to performing with the Iowa Brass Quintet. Before coming to Iowa, he was associate principal horn with the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra 1975-2000, playing symphonic music, opera, operetta, ballet, musicals choral music and chamber music.

A founding member of the award-winning Atlantic Brass Quintet, Manning joined the UI faculty in 2004. Manning has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Empire Brass and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and served as principal tubist with the Vermont Symphony and Albany (N.Y.) Symphony. Prior to coming to the UI, Manning was on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory, Boston University's School for the Arts, the Tanglewood Institute and the University of Massachusetts. He has conducted tuba master classes in the United States, Asia and Central America.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information on "Brass Fest," contact John Manning,

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