The Eastern Iowa Brass Band Spring Concert is Saturday, April 25th, 7:30 PM at the Mt Vernon Middle School Auditorium.
The program features six movements of the Scottish highland inspired work, Hymn of the Highlands by Philip Sparke. The movements feature many members of the band including Dennis Modracek, e-flat cornet; Paul Waech, solo cornet; Judy Stine, tenor horn, Ben Reid, baritone horn and Todd Bransky, euphonium. There are places in this work where the ensemble music will send chills up and down your spine with its intensity and emotion.
For the second half of the program, the band plans to sit “big band” style and will feature Neal Hefti’s Cute and a gospel traditional Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus as well as the EIBB Young Artist Competition winners: Harlequin features Benjamin Ostrem, the high school division winner from Montezuma High School and Xylophonia features Collin Smith, the collegiate division winner from Cornell College.
Hope you can come. It is shaping up to be a fun and emotionally moving evening of brass music!
Here is a nice review of the EIBB’s concert performance in Oelwein, Iowa on Sunday, March 1st:
OELWEIN – On Sunday, March 1, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band based in Mt. Vernon, performed at the Williams Center for the Arts. According to Doug McFarlane, director of the Williams Center for the Arts, the audience of around 250 was treated to brass band music at its best.
This concert was the first performance in the William’s Center March Madness musical blitz, and according to McFarlane, it was nothing short of phenomenal. The band includes around 50 musicians from high school aged to 70 plus. He said it was obvious these players have dedicated themselves to attaining a high quality of musicianship.
McFarlane expressed, “The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is one of the finest brass bands in the United States. They have toured the Midwest as ambassadors for Iowa. Brass bands perform a variety of music, but are most known for marches and hymns.”
A couple of the hymn tunes performed were: “How Great Thou Art” and “Abide With Me.” The final selection on the program was Henry Fillmore’s march “The Circus Bee.”
Laura Saylor plays a beautiful solo during the EIBB’s performance at the Oelwein Williams Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 1.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is proud to announce the winners of their 2015 Young Artists Competition.
Benjamin Ostrem has been selected as the high school division winner. Ben is a 12th grade euphonium player at Montezuma High School. His winning audition on Philip Sparke’s “Harlequin” will be featured in the bands subscription series concert on April 25th.
Ben is a two time member of the Iowa All State Band in 2013 & 2014 and was seated 2nd chair and 4th chair respectively. He has been a member of various honor bands including: Drake University, Coe College, Luther College, and Wartburg College.
He was invited to rehearse, perform, and tour with the Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble from 2012 thru 2014.
Along with a featured solo performance, Ben will receive a $250 music scholarship from the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
Collin Smith has been selected as the collegiate division winner. Collin is a freshmen percussionist at Cornell College. His winning audition on Joe Green’s, “Xylophonia” will be featured in the bands subscription series concert on April 25th.
Collin is the section leader in the Cornell College Wind Ensemble and has been a substitute percussionist with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band since 2014. He was the tenor drum section leader of the Palatine High School Marching Band (Palatine, IL). While in high school, Collin composed a piece of music for percussion ensemble that was featured in a performance.
Along with his featured solo performance, Collin will receive a $350 music scholarship from the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
Please show your support of these wonderful young artist by attending the concert in the Mount Vernon District Auditorium on April 25th at 7:30pm.