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.”
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is an established, fun and friendly contesting band and is seeking an experienced and dedicated percussionist. Auditions will occur the last week of January. Audition materials are available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
Position Title: Percussionist
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band (EIBB) is a non-profit organization that performs in and around Iowa, as well as competing in the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) and US Open Brass Band Championships. Band members are volunteers, ranging from outstanding high school students, to college music majors, to working music educators, to a wide assortment of talented amateur musicians. Many EIBB players have contributed their talents for years and the organization successfully recruits talented area musicians.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band under the direction of Alex Beamer, will present their Christmas concert on Saturday December 13, at 7:30 pm in the Mount Vernon District Auditorium. You won’t want to miss this family friendly concert filled with traditional Christmas music as well as a few modern classics. Some of the selections will include Sleigh Ride, Greensleeves and the majestic Kingdom Triumphant. The concert will also feature beginning brass and percussion students from Vernon Middle School in Cedar Rapids.
Come celebrate the sounds of season with the exciting evening followed by a reception with cookies and hot cider. Seats fill up fast for this concert, so plan ahead. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children and students. We look forward to seeing you there!