Categories: General
      Date: Apr  1, 2011
     Title: More than 500 musicians to participate in Coe Festival of Bands

The Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across eastern Iowa, April 14, 16 and 17. 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 Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across eastern Iowa, April 14, 16 and 17. 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, Friends of Music at Coe and Barnhouse Music.

This year’s Festival of Bands features a new flute concerto performed by Cedar Rapids native and Coe College graduate Erica Hendryx Coutsouridis, who is now a professional flutist on the West Coast. The concert will also feature the Iowa premiere of a new multi-media work, “Twilight of the Gods,” composed by Cedar Rapids native, Andrew Boysen.

The 2011 guest composer/conductor is James Swearingen, who is unquestionably one of the most performed composers of band music in the world today, with over 400 published works. His talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. With degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University, Swearingen is currently professor of music and department chair of music education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Swearingen is active as a guest conductor and educational clinician throughout the world.

The specific events are as follows:

Thursday, April 14 – 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 16 – Elementary School Honor Band Concert featuring guest composer/conductor James Swearingen and guest conductor Diane Yeager, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $5, $3 for students and seniors.

This marks the ninth 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 16 – Festival of Bands Grand Finale Concert featuring the Coe College Concert Band directed by William Carson, with special guest composer/conductor James Swearingen, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, and are available at the door.

This special concert will feature two fine soloists and an Iowa premiere performance by a Cedar Rapids-born composer. Coe student Tim Brandl, a senior euphonium major, will be featured in Guilmant’s “Morceau Symphonique.” Erica Hendryx Coutsouridis, Coe class of 1999, will be featured in a new flute concerto by Charles Rochester Young. The composer will be present for the performance of this unique work, requiring special effects from both the soloist and the accompanying wind ensemble, and even unique lighting effects will be part of this unusual performance. Andrew Boysen, who graduated from Jefferson High School and the University of Iowa, has collaborated with graphic artist Erik A. Evensen on a new, multi-media work, “Twilight of the Gods,” which will receive its Iowa premiere at the concert. Other composers represented on the program include Prokofiev, Van Der Roost and John Williams.

Sunday, April 17 – Coe College Junior and Senior Honor Bands Concert, directed by David Law and William Carson, with special guest composer/conductor James Swearingen, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. In addition, the Coe College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Shanley and Al Naylor, 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.

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