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
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
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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