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.