Spread the word! The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is pleased to announce its 2nd annual Young Artists Competition. The competition is open to all brass and percussion musicians enrolled in school during the 2012-2013 academic year. The two winners of the competition will appear as guest soloists with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and receive music scholarships.
The competition is divided into a high school division and a collegiate division. Complete rules, application forms, and details are available on the “Young Artists Competition” portion of our website. click here
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band has been invited to share a concert with the Linn Mar High School Band on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30pm. This special event will help raise money for the Linn Mar music department as well as being a warm-up concert for the EIBB’s performance at the US Open Brass Band Championships on Saturday, November 3rd.
The EIBB will feature Linn Mar alum, Ben Reid, on a euphonium duet.
Tickets for the concert will be available on the night of the concert.
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships. The U.S. Open Brass Band Championships is a annual one-day competitive event for traditional brass bands from around the nation – and around the world! Tickets – $25 available through the website at: http://www.usopenbrass.org
U.S. Open Performance Order:
Capital City Brass Band
Illinois Brass Band
Brass Band of Central Florida
Chicago Brass Band
Prairie Brass Band
Dublin Silver Band
Fountain City Brass Band
Eastern Iowa Brass Band
Promoting the Brass Band in North America
The goal of this competition is to encourage the further growth and development of the brass band movement in North America by providing a unique and exciting forum for the participating bands and by promoting the highest standards of performance and entertainment.
Entertainment Contest Format
Towards this end, the U.S. Open is an entertainment contest in format, which is unique among brass band contests in North America. No test piece will be required. Instead, each band will perform a 25-minute set of music of their choosing. Standard brass band instrumentation is required, with a limit of 30 performers plus Conductor for each competing band. Judging will be open, and the adjudicators will be among the finest and most experienced available.
Along with a cash prize and trophy, the winning band overall will be crowned U.S. Open Champions, while awards and prizes will also be offered in several other categories, including Most Entertaining, Best Performance of a March, Best Soloist and Best Performance of a New Composition or Arrangement.
One of the favorite features of the day among audiences and band members alike has become The Buskers Contest. This is a fresh look at the traditional solo and ensemble contest. The “Buskers” allows bands to showcase their individual or small ensemble talents while also keeping the entertainment flowing throughout the day. The loose format is designed to encourage bands to make the most of the opportunity and be creative. The contest will be held in between band performances while other bands are setting or striking their stage. A “Mystery” judge in the audience will decide the winner and the “trophy” for this event is a top hat and loose change!
Vendor and Sponsor Exhibits
The U.S. Open features vendor exhibits from the highest quality and most respected names in brass and percussion as well as a vast selection of printed and recorded music. Previous sponsors and vendors have included Besson/The Music Group, Bernel Music, Kanstul, Fred Rhodes/Courtois Brass Instruments, Getzen, Smith-Watkins, Warburton Mouthpieces, Drum Corps International, NABBA, Salvation Army Publications, Solid Brass, and Notable Images.
Awards Banquet The perfect ending to an exciting day. After the competition the bands retire to a cocktail reception followed by an awards ceremony and banquet.
The U.S. Open aims to draw the finest brass bands from North America and around the world. If your band is interested in participating in the U.S. Open Championships, please contact Clark Niermeyer at email@example.com
Plan to attend the first concert in our 2012-2013 subscription series. The concert begins at 3pm on Sunday, October 14th in the Mount Vernon District Auditorium. Tickets $10 adults, $4 students. Available at the door or in our online store: click here
Program includes a preview of EIBB’s US Open competition pieces as well as:
Tallis Variations by Philip Sparke
A Carmen Fantasy by Bizet/Arr. Gordon Langford
Praise (March) by W. Heaton
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