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University of Iowa News Release

June 8, 2006

Local Adults 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 and orchestra for young musicians that for many years have been the traditional offerings of summer music camps.

Now in its fifth year, the UI adult band camp has more than 50 participants. 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 17, 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 week-long camp is a natural extension of the success of the New Horizons Band," Coffman said "I 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."

The New Horizons Band has provided opportunities for scores of older Iowans to develop musical skills and to continue their participation in musical activities. Under Coffman's direction the Iowa City area New Horizons Band has expanded rapidly, with the ensemble and sectional groups performing widely throughout the area.

For his work with the band, Coffman was recently named a recipient of the UI President's Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement, and he will receive a Governor's Volunteer Award for 2006 from Iowa Governor Vilsack.

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. 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 2006 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: Charles Collins, trombone

CEDAR RAPIDS: Janice Cummings, percussion

CORALVILLE: Roger Fisher, trumpet; Linda Fisher, euphonium; Chuck Kreeb, trombone; William Laubengayer, clarinet; Sheila Stevenson, percussion

DES MOINES: Janeen Morel, trombone

GRINNELL: Delmar Larsen, tuba

IOWA CITY: Alice Atkinson, flute; Kathie Belgum, trumpet; Glorine Berry, french horn; Jeanette Carter, french horn; Helen Chadima, clarinet; David Christ, clarinet; James Corwin, clarinet; Jonathan Cryer, euphonium; Sue Dallam, percussion; Jan Denehy, euphonium; Judi Earley, clarinet; Bob Engel, euphonium; William Gauger, tuba; Barbara Hanson, trumpet; Janet Hoffey, percussion; Darlene Hoskinson, clarinet; Sally Jablonski, percussion; Wally Johnson, tuba; Jean Lloyd-Jones, clarinet; Beverly Mueller, saxophone; Janet Nelson, flute; Patricia Noeth, trumpet; Sharyn Reitz, trombone; Margaret Richardson, saxophone; Hal Richerson, trombone; Judy Schroeder, oboe; Diane Stamp, trombone; William Thorne, trombone; Elizabeth Walz, clarinet; Robert Weir, clarinet

MASON CITY: Gary Howell, clarinet

MT. VERNON: Ellen Mahany, flute

SOLON: Joan Anderson, cornet

WATERLOO: John Boyd, clarinet; Lewis Lynch, saxophone


PHOENIX: Joan Cantor, percussion


SANIBEL: Judith Smith, clarinet


MARIETTA: Thomas Jones, trombone


DIXON: Paula Gilbert, saxophone


INDIANAPOLIS: J. Richard Garzon, clarinet; Bonnie May, flute; Jeannette Rowe, flute


ROCHESTER: Sue Wolfe, tuba; Charles Wolfe, tuba


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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