The EIBB will perform at the 2016 Freedom Festival in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, June 23rd in the Ballantyne Auditorium on the Kirkwood Community College campus. The band will perform a 30th Anniversary Patriotic Concert for all festival go-er’s FREE WITH A BUTTON! Don’t miss the chance to celebrate this momentous occasion for the award winning Eastern Iowa band.
The concert begins at 7:30pm in the air-conditioned Ballantyne auditorium at 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW Cedar Rapids , IA
The 7th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 4.
Mount Vernon’s 7th Annual Chocolate Stroll to offer music, children’s events, and, yes, more chocolate
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale.
This music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and sale.
The EIBB wants to congratulate our conductor, Alex Beamer, for being selected to compete in the 1st International Conductors Competition in Augsburg Germany! Alex was one of 40 conductors selected from around the globe to attend this year’s competition. There are 23 countries and 4 continents represented in this competition and there were hundreds of applicants who sent in resumes and recordings for evaluation.
Portions of the competition’s website are written in German, so the following information was pulled from the 4barsrest.com website regarding this competition:
The 1st International Conductors Competition- Augsburg will take place in the historic Bavarian city between the 2nd July and the 7th July, with competitors required to showcase their outstanding talents in directing a Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Orchestra and Armed Forces Concert Band.
The competition has no age restriction, whilst competitors will be helped by communication throughout in both English and German
A spokesperson told 4BR: “This is an amazing opportunity for conductors to test themselves at the very highest level – and to showcase their versatility and understanding of different musical ensembles.
The prestige that will come from winning the event is immense, with numerous opportunities to develop an exciting, diverse conducting career. We welcome conductors from any musical background for what will be the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Repertoire and ensembles
The first round will see competitors the renowned Symphonic wind orchestra of Augsburg University’s Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum, whilst the second round will see them tackle repertoire with the Bayerische Brass Band Akademie (3BA).
Semi-finalists will be conduct the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with the finalists taking the podium to direct the acclaimed Concert Band of the German Armed Forces.
It includes such works as ‘Fantasy Tales’ (Piet Swerts) and ‘Vita Aeterna Variations’ (Alexander Comitas) for symphonic wind and brass bands, as well as ‘Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche’ and ‘Don Juan’ by Richard Strauss for orchestra.
The EIBB has been invited to perform a concert at the 89th annual Iowa Bandmasters Association Convention on Thursday, May 12th at 7pm. The Iowa Bandmasters Association came into being at Fairfield, Iowa, on March 30, 1928. This organization, originated entirely by municipal band directors was formed partly because of threatened legislative action against the Band Law.
From these humble beginnings by a small group of dedicated bandmasters, the I.B.A. has grown to a membership of over 1000, most of whom are directors of school bands. It is one of the largest and most active of all state bandmaster organizations in the country. Its driving force has kept good bands and good band music thriving in communities of all sizes throughout the state of Iowa.
The concert will be in the Iowa Ballroom of the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. This concert is commemorating the EIBB’s 30th anniversary this year.
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