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Feb. 12, 2010

UI Symphony Band and high-school Honor Band will perform Feb. 20

The University of Iowa Symphony Band will share a free concert with the Honor Band -- featuring many of Iowa's best high-school musicians -- at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Iowa City West High School Auditorium.

Paula A. Crider (photo, left), professor emerita at the University of Texas, will be the guest conductor of the Honor Band in performances of "Fanfare of Wakakusa Hill" by Itatru Sakai, "Legend of Bafé" by John Fannin, "Pacem (A Hymn of Peace)" by Robert Spittal, "Prairiesong" by Carl Strommen and "The Washington Post March" by John Philip Sousa.

The Symphony Band, directed by faculty member Richard Mark Heidel with Crider as guest conductor, will perform "Asphalt Cocktail" by John Mackey, Concertino for Three Brass and Band by Floyd Werle, "Three Dances of Enchantment" by Luigi Zaninelli, the "Grotesque Dance" from "Mascarade Suite" by Johan Halvorsen.

School of Music faculty soloists will be Amy Schendel, trumpet; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba.

Heidel commented, "The Honor Band concert is a wonderful event in that it showcases some of the finest high school musicians in the state as well as some of the most accomplished musicians at the UI. The program is extremely diverse and will offer the audience a rewarding concert experience."

The concert will conclude the students' participation in the annual Honor Band events at the UI. Participants attend rehearsals of the Honor Band with the conductor and receive instruction on their instruments from UI School of Music wind and percussion faculty.

Honor Band members are chosen by the staff of the UI Band Department on the basis of recommendations from their high school band directors, who are invited to nominate their best musicians.

Following a 33-year teaching career, Crider continues to share her passion for making music through an active schedule as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator. She has fulfilled engagements in 46 states, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Australia.

Crider, president-elect of the American Bandmasters Association, has taught in the public schools at all levels and was the first female in the state of Texas to serve as director of bands at a class 5-A high school.

Her Crockett High School Bands in Austin earned 12 consecutive University Interscholastic League "Sweepstakes Awards" for musical excellence, received national recognition on the concert stage and were twice named Texas 5-A State Marching Champions. She was the recipient of the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence" for her band's performance at the NBA National Convention.

At the University of Texas, the 380-member Longhorn Band enjoyed national acclaim under her leadership.

Heidel joined the UI faculty as director of bands in the fall of 2008. He directs the Symphony Band, teaches graduate courses, guides the graduate band conducting program and coordinates UI bands. He was recently elected to membership into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Ensembles under Heidel's direction have performed at state, regional and national conferences and on tour in England, Ireland and the United States. He maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, guest lecturer, arranger and custom drill designer. His list of publications includes numerous articles in the National Band Association Journal and Teaching Music. For more information visit

Biographies of the faculty soloists are accessible at

The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: a list of high school students participating in the Honor Band accompanies this release. A list of the students is available at

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