This concert will feature the winner of the EIBB’s 2014 “Young Artists Competition.” This wonderfully talented young musician will perform his winning solo with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
Nathanael Schatz will perform a beautiful trumpet solo entitled, “Song and Dance” by Philip Sparke. Nathanael’s gorgeous tone and lyric playing will shine on this single movement piece written by the (then) GUS Band in 1984. It was first performed by the band’s principal cornet, Brian Grant. The Song commences with a ‘Scotch snap’ rhythm leading to a lyrical cadenza and ending with a return of the opening theme, muted. The Dance is lively and full of cross rhythms, but tonal and tuneful. Although the work requires a certain virtuosity, it in not virtuosic for its own sake, but rather serves a consistent and well-constructed musical end.
The concert will open with a Philip Sparke arrangement of John William’s “Summon the Heroes.” This piece was written to commemorate the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Modem Olympic Games and was first performed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The band will show-off its technical ability with “Trittico” by James Curnow. This piece was commissioned by the Swiss Brass Band Association for their national championships in 1988 and used as a test piece for all bands attending the competition.