FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U S Open Brass Band Championships
Band Draw 2010
Brass Bands International is pleased to announce the 8th Annual US Open Brass Band Championships, hosted by the Prairie Brass Band and in partnership with Buffet Crampon. This year’s competitors, consisting of eight bands from seven states, as well as Canada, will take the stage at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Doors will open at 9:00 AM, the first band begins at 9:30 AM and the contest will run until 4:15 PM.
Performing will be the following brass bands:
Madison Brass Band
Fountain City Brass Band
Kansas City, Missouri
Eastern Iowa Brass Band
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
James Madison University Brass Band
Prairie Brass Band
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Weston Silver Band
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Brass Band of Central Florida
Ohio Brass Band
The bands will be competing for trophies and cash prizes, including Grand Champion, 2nd. Place, Best Performance of a March, Most Entertaining Band, Best New Composition or Arrangement for Brass Band and most Outstanding Percussion Section. The award for the Best Soloist of the Day and a specially engraved Besson cornet for the Best Cornet Player of the day will be awarded by Buffet Crampon, which is also the sponsor of Frank Renton, The Voice of the US Open.
All indications are that this will be the most competitive and exciting US Open ever, so don’t miss it.
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The Eastern Iowa Brass Band welcomes Joshua Thompson to the podium!
Joshua Thompson is currently a trumpet performer and teacher in the Iowa City area. Currently, he is a Visiting Artist in the Department of Music at Cornell College, serving as a director of the Wind Ensemble. Having served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio for three years at the University of Iowa, he is currently a candidate (ABD) for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis on Instrumental Conducting. While attending the University of Iowa, he has performed with the university’s Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Band and Center for New Music Ensemble, all of which have involved the performance of numerous premieres, tours and The University of Iowa’s first performance in Carnegie Hall. He is currently a member of the Old Capitol Brass quintet, which regularly performs at a variety of concert venues, public schools, clinics and festivals throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
Joshua received his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. At Bowling Green, he worked as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio, helped to host an Ohio-area International Trumpet Guild Conference and was a guest artist with the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, performing Aaron Copland’s Quiet City. He received his Bachelor of Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated cum laude with degrees in Instrumental Performance and Music Education. He was active throughout Ohio as a freelance musician, performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carmon DeLeone and was a member of the “haus” German polka band at the Hofbräuhaus in Newport, Kentucky.
Joshua has been a finalist in concerto competitions at Miami University, Bowling Green State University and the University of Iowa and was invited to perform as a semifinalist at the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. He has performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Findlay Summer Stock Theatre, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Brass Quintet, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Recently, Joshua was invited to guest conduct the Eastern Iowa Brass Band in Solon, Iowa as part of their summer concert series. Earlier this year, he was the guest conductor of the prestigious Brass in Blue ensemble from the United States Heartland of America Band. As part of his D.M.A. Thesis project, he has been working closely with composer Libby Larsen to reintroduce her Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1988) to the world by way of interviews, editing of the score and the creation of a reduction for trumpet, piano and percussion.
Joshua is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (alumnus), and the Free and Accepted Masons, Oxford Lodge No. 67. His primary teachers include Karl Sievers, James Olcott, Gary Speck, Charles Saenz, David Greenhoe, Myron Welch, R. Mark Heidel and Amy Schendel.
After a little more than three years at the helm of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, Casey Thomas will conduct his final concert with the EIBB on Saturday, September 18th at 7:30pm. Casey has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. He will begin his new teaching position on August 25th. At OBU, Casey will teach in the low brass studio as well as teaching music theory and music appreciation classes.
Casey brought great enthusiasm, musicianship, dedication, and leadership to the band beginning with his very first rehearsal. Immediately, band members noted his tremendous ear and attention to detail. Casey’s creativity and effective rehearsal technique made for efficient two hour rehearsals each week. Through his association with the University of Iowa, he was able to bring new musicians to the band and these new players brought masterful playing skill to the group. Casey’s creativity extended to writing new arrangements for the band, programming exciting concerts, and incorporating small groups and ensembles into every performance.
It goes without saying that the Eastern Iowa Brass Band is truly grateful for Casey’s service and friendship and we greatly appreciate the time we have spent together.
Gettin Sentimental Over You
Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
I Will Follow Him
Fantasy on British Sea Songs
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