The EIBB welcomes Peter Laird, Paul McNally, Keri Speidel, and Maria Upmeyer to the board of directors.
New board members 2012
The band held its annual business meeting on January 19th before their regular rehearsal. Members of the board, as well as the committee chairs, presented their annual reports to the band membership. A recap of the past year’s treasurer report, concerts, sales, and goals were all discussed. Before the meeting concluded, the band voted on the slate of candidates and elected Peter, Paul, Keri, and Maria to the board of directors.
All members are looking forward to a wonderful 2012 season as well as wrapping up the 25th anniversary of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
The band discussed the possibility of recording a new CD this season. Stay tuned for more information.
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.
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