Event sponsored by Maquoketa area Chamber of Commerce with generous funding from the Maquoketa Betterment Corporation and the Community Foundation of Jackson county
Concerts are on the second Sunday evening all summer long 6-8 p.m. on the event space downtown Maquoketa, iowa
Mount Vernon’s 7th Annual Chocolate Stroll to offer music, children’s events, and, yes, more chocolate
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale.
This music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and sale.
Here is the Chocolate Stroll schedule of events:
- 10AM: Mount Vernon Middle School Band, First Street Community Center Lawn
- 10AM – noon: Kids Games, Memorial Park
11AM: Eastern Iowa Brass Band, First Street Community Center Lawn
- 11:30AM: Deadline for Chocolate Dessert Contest Entries, Old Fire Station
- 11:45AM: Kids and Parents parade to the Bijou (Line up by 11:30AM at the Memorial Park Gazebo)
- Noon: Movie at the Bijou (Willy Wonka & The Chcolate Factory)
- Noon – 2PM: Open Mic/Karaoke at the Gazebo
- 2PM: James Kennedy and Friends, First Street Community Center Lawn
- 2PM – 4PM: Kids Games, Memorial Park
- 3PM: Dale Beeks and Ben Schmidt, First Street Community Center Lawn
The EIBB wants to congratulate our conductor, Alex Beamer, for being selected to compete in the 1st International Conductors Competition in Augsburg Germany! Alex was one of 40 conductors selected from around the globe to attend this year’s competition. There are 23 countries and 4 continents represented in this competition and there were hundreds of applicants who sent in resumes and recordings for evaluation.
Portions of the competition’s website are written in German, so the following information was pulled from the 4barsrest.com website regarding this competition:
The 1st International Conductors Competition- Augsburg will take place in the historic Bavarian city between the 2nd July and the 7th July, with competitors required to showcase their outstanding talents in directing a Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Orchestra and Armed Forces Concert Band.
The competition has no age restriction, whilst competitors will be helped by communication throughout in both English and German
A spokesperson told 4BR: “This is an amazing opportunity for conductors to test themselves at the very highest level – and to showcase their versatility and understanding of different musical ensembles.
The prestige that will come from winning the event is immense, with numerous opportunities to develop an exciting, diverse conducting career. We welcome conductors from any musical background for what will be the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Repertoire and ensembles
The first round will see competitors the renowned Symphonic wind orchestra of Augsburg University’s Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum, whilst the second round will see them tackle repertoire with the Bayerische Brass Band Akademie (3BA).
Semi-finalists will be conduct the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with the finalists taking the podium to direct the acclaimed Concert Band of the German Armed Forces.
Repertoire for the competition can be found at the website:www.conductorscompetition-augsburg.de
It includes such works as ‘Fantasy Tales’ (Piet Swerts) and ‘Vita Aeterna Variations’ (Alexander Comitas) for symphonic wind and brass bands, as well as ‘Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche’ and ‘Don Juan’ by Richard Strauss for orchestra.
The EIBB has been invited to perform a concert at the 89th annual Iowa Bandmasters Association Convention on Thursday, May 12th at 7pm. The Iowa Bandmasters Association came into being at Fairfield, Iowa, on March 30, 1928. This organization, originated entirely by municipal band directors was formed partly because of threatened legislative action against the Band Law.
From these humble beginnings by a small group of dedicated bandmasters, the I.B.A. has grown to a membership of over 1000, most of whom are directors of school bands. It is one of the largest and most active of all state bandmaster organizations in the country. Its driving force has kept good bands and good band music thriving in communities of all sizes throughout the state of Iowa.
The concert will be in the Iowa Ballroom of the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. This concert is commemorating the EIBB’s 30th anniversary this year.
The program is packed with exciting and inspirational music from our recent performance at the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids.
The concert will include epic pieces such as: “Fragile Oasis” by Peter Meechan, “Fire in the Blood”by Paul Lovatt Cooper, and “Slava!” by Leonard Bernstein. The band will feature several soloists on the concert performing “Over the Rainbow” by Arlen & Harberg, “Manhattan” by Phillip Sparke, and “Benedictus” from ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ by Karl Jenkins.
The concert will entertain your entire family so bring the kids!
Tickets will be available at the door:
$4 students (all students: K thru College)