The Eastern Iowa Brass Band Hosts Visit by the Stavanger Brass Band
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is pleased to announce that it will host the Stavanger Brass Band’s visit to Iowa on April, 17, 2014. On that day, the two bands will perform a joint concert at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30pm. EIBB hosted Stavanger Brass Band on their first visit to Iowa, eleven years earlier. The joint concert during that visit was a sell-out performance. This year’s program is an event not to be missed.
The Stavanger Brass Band has planned to attend the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) competition scheduled for April 12, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The NABBA competition is the only national competition in North America. The last time they performed in the competition, held in Little Rock, Arkansas, Stavanger won the championship. While in the United States, the band will perform concerts in several mid-western states in a one week tour.
Stavanger Brass Band was founded in 1981 and has been one of the leading Norwegian bands since. The band has won the Norwegian national title no less than eight times since its inception and has been awarded several other contest titles. The band hosts an entertainment contest named Siddis Brass in November every year, which attracts more than 50 bands. Siddis Brass is an important arena for new repertoires and developing entertainment concepts for brass bands internationally. Stavanger Brass Band has been the winner of the championship section in this competition the two last years.
Stavanger Brass Band has actively commissioned new music from Norwegian composers of different genres, ranging from contemporary, jazz and orchestral to organ music. For many years the band has been a driving force within the innovative trends in Norwegian banding. This reputation has paved the way for invitations to play at prestigious events and festivals in Norway and internationally. Stavanger Brass Band has been in the forefront among Norwegian bands when it comes to touring activities. Since 2000, the band has toured England several times, as well as Scotland, USA, Netherlands, Japan, Latvia and Lithuania. Now, Stavanger Brass Band is thrilled to return to the United States, having been 11 years since the first visit.
Brass banding has been popular in Europe for well over a hundred years, beginning in England in the mid 1800s. These early bands were supported by the companies at which the bandsmen worked. It wasn’t long before rivalries developed, and many annual competitions were born. Brass bands came to America long ago. The Salvation Army, a notable supporter of brass bands, used this form of musical group to provided music for their religious services.
While the Eastern Iowa Brass Band will not be competing in the North American Brass Band Association large-group competition this year, they will be represented in the small ensemble competition. Eleven members of the EIBB are travelling to Grand Rapids, MI on April 10th to compete in the new 10-piece ensemble competition. This small group, the Big Ten Brass, consists of Paul Waech (cornet), Steve Kenny (cornet), Jeff Fountain (cornet), Keri Speidel (cornet), Bob Upmeyer (tenor horn), Chris Bird (Eb tuba), Paul Upmeyer (bass trombone), Randil Jeffreys (euphonium), Todd Bransky (euphonium), LeAnn Dahn (trombone), and Alex Beamer (director).
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is proud to announce the winner of their 2014 Young Artist Competition.
Nathanael Schatz has been selected as the high school division winner. Nathanael is a 11th grade trumpet player at Stephen Hempstead High School. His winning audition on Philip Sparke’s “Song and Dance” will be featured in the bands subscription series concert on April 26th. Along with a featured solo performance with the band, Nathanael will receive a $250 music scholarship from the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and a gift card from West Music.
A few of Nathanael’s musical accomplishments include:
Selected to First Chair of the Iowa All State Orchestra in 2013
Selected to First Chair, First Cornet Iowa All State Band in 2012
January 25th is the deadline for entries into the Eastern Iowa Brass Band’s annual Young Artists Competition!
Spread the word! The deadline for auditions is January 25 for the Eastern Iowa Brass Band’s annual Young Artists Competition. The competition is open to all brass and percussion musicians enrolled in school during the 2013-2014 academic year. The two winners of the competition will appear as guest soloists with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and receive music scholarships.
The competition is divided into a high school division and a collegiate division. Complete rules, application forms, and details are available on the “Young Artists Competition” portion of our website. click here