Please join us as we close our 2013-2014 Subscription Series with a concert in the district auditorium at Mt. Vernon Middle School. The concert begins at 7:30pm.
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 Schatzwill 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.
Other pieced on this concert include, “The Thunderer”, “Nimrod”, “King Cotton”, “ABBA Goes Brass”, and “Men of Harlech.”
The concert will also feature the 10-piece ensemble (made up of EIBB members) that competed in the North American Brass Band Association Championships two weeks ago in Grand Rapids, MI. The band’s “Big Ten Brass” was awarded second place in the 10-piece ensemble competition for their performance of Chick Corea’s, “Spain”
Bring your kids and treat them to a first-time experience of live music. It will be an event that they will never forget and may open their ears and hearts to a life-long love of live music. Hope to see you there!!
Nate Schatz – Winner of the EIBB’s 2014 Young Artists Competition
While the Eastern Iowa Brass Band will not be competing in the North American Brass Band Association large-group competition this year, they will be represented in the small ensemble competition. Eleven members of the EIBB are travelling to Grand Rapids, MI on April 10th to compete in the new 10-piece ensemble competition. This small group, the Big Ten Brass, consists of Paul Waech (cornet), Steve Kenny (cornet), Jeff Fountain (cornet), Keri Speidel (cornet), Bob Upmeyer (tenor horn), Chris Bird (Eb tuba), Paul Upmeyer (bass trombone), Randil Jeffreys (euphonium), Todd Bransky (euphonium), LeAnn Dahn (trombone), and Alex Beamer (director).
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band Hosts Visit by the Stavanger Brass Band
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is pleased to announce that it will host the Stavanger Brass Band’s visit to Iowa on April, 17, 2014. On that day, the two bands will perform a joint concert at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30pm. EIBB hosted Stavanger Brass Band on their first visit to Iowa, eleven years earlier. The joint concert during that visit was a sell-out performance. This year’s program is an event not to be missed.
The Stavanger Brass Band has planned to attend the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) competition scheduled for April 12, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The NABBA competition is the only national competition in North America. The last time they performed in the competition, held in Little Rock, Arkansas, Stavanger won the championship. While in the United States, the band will perform concerts in several mid-western states in a one week tour.
Stavanger Brass Band was founded in 1981 and has been one of the leading Norwegian bands since. The band has won the Norwegian national title no less than eight times since its inception and has been awarded several other contest titles. The band hosts an entertainment contest named Siddis Brass in November every year, which attracts more than 50 bands. Siddis Brass is an important arena for new repertoires and developing entertainment concepts for brass bands internationally. Stavanger Brass Band has been the winner of the championship section in this competition the two last years.
Stavanger Brass Band has actively commissioned new music from Norwegian composers of different genres, ranging from contemporary, jazz and orchestral to organ music. For many years the band has been a driving force within the innovative trends in Norwegian banding. This reputation has paved the way for invitations to play at prestigious events and festivals in Norway and internationally. Stavanger Brass Band has been in the forefront among Norwegian bands when it comes to touring activities. Since 2000, the band has toured England several times, as well as Scotland, USA, Netherlands, Japan, Latvia and Lithuania. Now, Stavanger Brass Band is thrilled to return to the United States, having been 11 years since the first visit.
Brass banding has been popular in Europe for well over a hundred years, beginning in England in the mid 1800s. These early bands were supported by the companies at which the bandsmen worked. It wasn’t long before rivalries developed, and many annual competitions were born. Brass bands came to America long ago. The Salvation Army, a notable supporter of brass bands, used this form of musical group to provided music for their religious services.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is proud to announce the winner of their 2014 Young Artist Competition.
Nathanael Schatz has been selected as the high school division winner. Nathanael is a 11th grade trumpet player at Stephen Hempstead High School. His winning audition on Philip Sparke’s “Song and Dance” will be featured in the bands subscription series concert on April 26th. Along with a featured solo performance with the band, Nathanael will receive a $250 music scholarship from the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and a gift card from West Music.
A few of Nathanael’s musical accomplishments include:
Selected to First Chair of the Iowa All State Orchestra in 2013
Selected to First Chair, First Cornet Iowa All State Band in 2012
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