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Oct. 17, 2006

Hawkeye Marching Band And Other Top Bands Come Into Hancher Nov. 7, 8

The 38th annual Band Extravaganza will bring the Hawkeye Marching Band and other top bands from the University of Iowa School of Music into Hancher Auditorium for performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 7 and 8.

One of the UI's most popular musical events, the Band Extravaganza features the Hawkeye Marching Band (HMB), under director Kevin Kastens, as well as 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.

Over the past 37 years, the annual Band Extravaganza has become one of the UI's most anticipated 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.

Welch, who is director of bands for the UI School of Music, said: "The Annual Band Extravaganza is one on the most popular programs given by the various university bands. We kook forward each year to this fun, entertaining showcase event."

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 music from the 2006 marching season including music of Jimmy Buffett and the rock group Journey, a jazz-themed show, an opera show and a Broadway show. The Broadway show includes music from "Wicked" and "Sweet Charity" and features the final Band Extravaganza performance of Golden Girl Diana Reed.

As always at the Band Extravaganza, the band will feature the drum major, Jason Hillenbrand, the band's entire drumline, and 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 Morton Gould's "American Salute," based on "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"; the British band classic Second Suite in F major by Gustav Holst; and the "Washington Grays March" by C. S. Grafulla.

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 "Just Friends" by Klimmer and Lewis, arranged by Tom Kubis; Charles Mingus's touching tribute to saxophonist Lester Young, "Goodbye Porkpie Hat"; and Louis Bellson's "Skin Deep."

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 "Let The Good Times Roll" by Theard and Moore, arranged by Mark Taylor; "Friday Night At The Cadillac Club" by Bob Berg, arranged Mike Crotty; and "The Kid From Red Bank" by Neal Hefti.

Kastens joined the UI faculty as director of the Hawkeye Marching Band in 1998. He also directs 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 and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. For more, see:

Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980 and is a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The past president of the American Bandmasters Association, the Big 10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Welch is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout the United States. See

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. For more information on Rapson, see

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 and Equilateral. For more, see:

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.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: <>.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

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