The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is proud to announce the appointment of their next director, Kate Wohlman. Kate will take over the baton in August when current director, Joshua Thompson, embarks on his new teaching position at Wayne State college in Wayne, Nebraska.
Born and raised in the UK, Kate Wohlman began performing at an early age as a pianist, singer and trumpet player. Aged nine she was selected to be a girl chorister at Wells Cathedral and spent five years singing in the cathedral choir. During this time she progressed from trumpet to tuba and in 1998 was awarded a government-funded scholarship to remain at Wells Cathedral School for the following four years. At Wells she performed with all of the school’s leading ensembles, where performance highlights included being concerto soloist at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, reaching the regional finals of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition, and touring with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Following high school Kate was accepted to the MusB(Hons) GRNCM degree program, shared jointly by the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music, enjoying the opportunities presented by both institutions. She also performed with a variety of local orchestras and brass bands in the North of England. Her tuba teachers in the UK included Sean O’Neill, James Gourlay, Ewan Easton, with visiting instruction from Roger Bobo, Mel Culbertson and Roland Szentpali.
In fall 2007 Kate spent an exchange semester away at Penn State University (USA), where she studied tuba with Velvet Brown and composition with Paul Barsom. Following the completion of her studies at RNCM Kate returned to Penn State and completed an MM in Tuba Performance, and an MA in Music Theory, working as a graduate teaching assistant in the Theory Department. In fall 2010 Kate began the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Iowa, where she was awarded the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship. She studies tuba with John Manning, trombone with David Gier, and conducts the UI Collegium Tubum ensemble.
Quote from Kate:
After performing with the band at the US Open last year I am excited to now take up the position of conductor with EIBB in their 25th Anniversary year. During my studies at RNCM I had the good fortune to play in bands under Ian Porthouse, James Gourlay, Dr Nicholas Childs and more, and look forward to bringing those experiences with me to my new role.
Hoover’s Hometown Days is an annual celebration of President Herbert Hoover’s birthday held on the Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, IA. Simon Estes & Lynda Johnson Robb will participate in the celebration & Margaret Hoover (great-granddaughter) will sign her new book. The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will perform at 3:45pm with a fabulous fireworks presentation at dusk. The festival is a ton of fun for kids and adults with rides, games, food, and entertainment for all ages.
What other town should stake claim to the best 4th of July Celebration than a town named after our nation’s fame?
With an array of musical entertainment, activities for people of all ages, great food, drink, and Iowa’s most awesome and awe inspiring fireworks over the beautiful Wapsipinicon River in Independence, you will not be disappointed.
This is one of Des Moines Register’s “10 GREAT EVENTS”. Everybody observes the Fourth of July, Independence celebrates it!
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will perform a variety of Patriotic selections and family friendly music beginning at 1pm. Please bring a lawn chair and join us at the bandstand for a wonderful afternoon of music.
What is a chocolate stroll you ask? According to the Mt. Vernon Lisbon Sun website:
“Lots of chocolate!” – The second annual Chocolate Stroll, organized by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, is set for Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in uptown Mount Vernon.
More than 20 local and regional chocolate vendors will be in the uptown area. Local and regional musicians will also be performing at the gazebo in Memorial Park as well as the First Street Community Center.
“We have definitely upped our game this year,” said Chocolate Stroll committee chair Trude Elliott. “Not only are we offering more chocolate vendors in more storefronts along Mount Vernon’s main street, but we also are offering street performers throughout the day, as well as returning headliners The Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet and The Eastern Iowa Brass Band.”
Bring your lawn chairs and join us for a FREE concert beginning at 11am. The band will perform a wonderful variety of music including:
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will close its 2010-2011 concert season on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mt. Vernon District Auditorium in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Conducting the concert will be Joshua Thompson, a Visiting Artist at Cornell College in the Department of Music, where he directs the Wind Ensemble. Josh is also a trumpet performer and Iowa City area teacher, as well as a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis on Instrumental Conducting at the University of Iowa.
The concert will include pieces such as “Year of the Dragon” by Phillip Sparke, “Bring Him Home,” from Les Miserables with solo by Dennis Modracek on E-flat Cornet, and “American Celebration,” by William Himes, which features the middle school students of Roger DeYoung, Todd Bransky, and Joshua Thompson.
Tickets are available at the door: $10 adult, $4 student.
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