Categories: General
      Date: Apr  1, 2010
     Title: Coe Festival of Bands features four performances, eight bands

The spring Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across eastern Iowa, April 15, 17 and 18. With four performances featuring eight bands, the Coe College Festival of Bands has grown to become one of the largest non-competitive events of its kind in Iowa.



The spring Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across eastern Iowa, April 15, 17 and 18. With four performances featuring eight bands, the Coe College Festival of Bands has grown to become one of the largest non-competitive events of its kind in Iowa.

Featured ensembles performing during the event include the Kirkwood Community College Concert Band, the Coe College Jazz Ensemble, the Coe College Concert Band, the New Horizons Band, and honor bands featuring elementary, middle school and high school students. The concerts are sponsored by Coe College and The Cedar Rapids Symphony School.

This year's guest composer/conductor is Len Orcino, a composer who has published more than 60 pieces for concert and jazz band. With 35 years of teaching experience in Ohio, Orcino holds clinics and conducts at band festivals around the country. Although now semi-retired from playing, he has performed in the greater Cleveland area as a jazz pianist/organist since the 1960s, and he currently plays euphonium with the Lakeland Civic Band. Orcino holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Case Western Reserve University and has taken additional graduate courses in jazz education at North Texas State University.

The specific events are as follows:

Thursday, April 15 - Kirkwood Community College Concert Band, directed by Beth Zamzow, and the New Horizons Band, directed by Alan Lawrence, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Admission is free.

Saturday, April 17 - Elementary School Honor Band Concert featuring guest composer/conductor Len Orcino and guest conductor Diana Blake, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $5, $3 for students and seniors.

This marks the eighth time elementary honor band students have been selected to perform at Coe College, which makes it a unique event in the state. Students in grades four through six will be playing in two separate bands, which are designated as the Coe College Crimson Elementary Honor Band and the Coe College Gold Elementary Honor Band.

Saturday, April 17 - Festival of Bands Grand Finale Concert featuring the Coe College Concert Band directed by William Carson, with special guest composer/conductor Len Orcino, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, and are available at the door.

Sunday, April 18 - Coe College Junior and Senior Honor Bands Concert, directed by David Law and William Carson, with special guest composer/conductor Len Orcino, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. In addition, the Coe College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Shanley, will perform. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors, available at the door.

The Junior and Senior Honor Bands program offers a supplemental band experience for select local young musicians from middle school through high school. Students audition for membership each fall and rehearse for several weeks before presenting winter and spring concerts.

For more information on Festival of Bands events, contact the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.