The “Winds of Freedom”, a component of the USAF Heartland of America Band stationed in Omaha, Nebraska, will present a concert in the Mount Vernon District Auditorium on Thursday, February 9th, at 7pm.
Admission is free and all are encouraged to attend this wonderful event!
The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band is proud to present the WINDS OF FREEDOM. A woodwind ensemble composed of members of the band’s larger performing ensembles, the WINDS OF FREEDOM inspires the hearts and minds of military and civilian audiences to increased patriotism. They also share stirring accounts of the bravery and self-sacrifice of our expeditionary Airmen serving around the globe.
The group’s repertoire consists of classical, jazz and standard woodwind quintet music showcasing its musical diversity. At home in large auditoriums or in more intimate chamber concert settings, the WINDS OF FREEDOM takes audiences on a tour of some of the world’s most beautiful and exciting music. Each member of the group is a soloist in his or her own right and together they render the perfect blend of tone color and musicianship.
WINDS OF FREEDOM honorably represents more than 325,000 Air Force professionals around the world who diligently watch over the skies protecting and defending all those who cherish freedom. We hope you afford us the opportunity to share the messages of bravery, sacrifice, courage and commitment of our brave men and women…the deployed Airmen of the United States Air Force.
Fresh off their fourth place finish at The US Open Brass Band Championships, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band will present their annual Christmas concert on Saturday December 17, at 7:30pm in the Mt.Vernon District Auditorium. This is the second concert in their 2011-2012 subscription concert series.
This concert will feature classic holiday favorites along with their program from the US Open Brass Band Championships. Joining the brass band will be local beginning band students performing a piece specially written for brass band and beginning band students by world renown composer and director William Himes.
The bar was raised once again on the level of competition this year at the US Open Brass Band Championships that took place in St.Charles, Illinois. Bands this year included The Brass Band of Central Florida, Dublin Silver, Fountain City, Motor City, Prairie and The Eastern Iowa Brass Band. EIBB came out with a solid fourth place finish behind Fountain City, Dublin Silver and Central Florida.
Highlights of the completion included commentary by “The Voice of the US Open”, Frank Renton. Host of the BBC radio 2 weekly program “Listen to the band” and widely known all over England, Frank returned for his ninth year as compere of the US Open.
EIBB added two buskers groups this year and wowed the crowd by playing; “Accidental Mambo” by C.Franzetti / Arr.: R. Giljeand “You are the New Day” arranged by the band’s own Bob Driggs.
Directed by Kate Wohlman and featuring music from the wildly popular brass band movie Brassed Off, EIBB entered a dimly lit stage adorning miners hats, as depicted in the movie. Flugel horn soloist Dan Davies seduced the audience with his rendition of Concertio De Aranjuez. Wohlman also arranged the popular English hymn, Jerusalem, to fit into the theme of the show. The finale from the movie and also the finale from their show was the William Tell Overture by Rossini.
Pleased by their performance and hard work, the band hopes to share their US Open show with local audiences at their Christmas Concert on December 17, at 7:30pm in the Mt.Vernon District Auditorium.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band is pleased to announce its 1st annual Young Artists Competition. Winners of the competition will appear as a guest soloists with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and receive music scholarships.
The competition is open to all brass and percussion musicians enrolled during the 2011-2012 academic year. The competition will be divided into a high school division and a collegiate division. Collegiate performers must be actively enrolled in college and under the age of 25 by January, 25th 2011.
Applicants must select a work which has a brass band accompaniment available. A partial list of compositions is available on our website. Any solo feature which has a published brass band accompaniment available is appropriate for the audition. Solo may not exceed fifteen minutes in length. Applicants must submit a video recording of their performance in its entirety without cuts and accompanied by piano, band, or ‘smart’ accompaniment. Video performances may be submitted by DVD, digital video file, video disc, internet website, video tape, flash drive, or uploaded to our website. Applicants must complete the appropriate online application form on our website or print the application and mail it to the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
Applications and video auditions must be completed online or postmarked by January 25, 2012. Mailed applications can be sent to the following address:
PO Box 3
Mt. Vernon, IA 52401
Contestants may petition the board of directors of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band for any deviation to the rules.
Final Round: Based on the video submissions, finalists will be selected and invited to Mt. Vernon, IA to compete in a final round that will be open to the public. All finalists will be notified by February 5, 2012. The finals will be held at 3pm on Sunday, February 19th, in the Mt. Vernon District Auditorium. Finalists will perform the same selection submitted with their application materials. Students must provide their own accompanists for the final round.
The winner will be invited to perform their solo selection on a concert with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band in Mt. Vernon, IA on April 28, 2012.
2012 Competition Timeline:
Audition materials must be completed online or postmarked by January 25, 2012
Finalists will be notified on or before February, 5, 2012
Finalist round in Mount Vernon, IA, Sunday February 19, 2012
Winner announced on February 22, 2012
High school winner rehearse with EIBB on April 19, 2012
High school and collegiate winner rehearse with EIBB on April 26, 2012
Concert performance with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band on April 28, 2012
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