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Sept. 30, 2011

UI Concert and Symphony Bands will share Oct. 11 performance with alumni conductors

The University of Iowa Symphony Band and Concert Band will share a free performance, featuring alumni guest conductors Ray E. Cramer and Ernest Jennings, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

The Concert Band, under the direction of Hawkeye Marching Band Director Kevin Kastens, will open the concert with "The Sinfonians" by Clifton Williams; Fantasy on "Sakura Sakura," set by Ray E. Cramer, featuring Cramer as guest conductor; "Festal Scenes" by Yasuhide Ito, led by graduate student conductor Ernest Jennings; and "Footsteps" by Dana Wilson.

The Symphony Band, directed by Mark Heidel, will perform "Moving Parts" by David Sampson; "Rest" by Frank Ticheli, dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001; "Martyrs of the Faith by David DeBoor, conducted by Cramer, and featuring faculty saxophonist Kenneth Tse; and the "Peterloo" Overture by Malcolm Arnold.

An alumnus of the UI School of Music, Cramer taught at the Indiana University Department of Bands for 36 years and is past director of the College Band Directors National Association, the Big Ten Directors Association, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association, president of the Midwest Clinic and past president of the American Bandmasters Association.

After graduate school at the UI, Cramer taught in West Liberty and Harlan, from which "I used to take busloads of kids to the University of Iowa concerts." He says that he was inspired to take up composition as an undergraduate through contact with UI alumnus Forrest Suycott. He is represented in recordings as the conductor of the Spirit of America Band.

Bios of School of Music faculty members Kastens, Heidel and Tse are accessible at

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

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