Coe Touring Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band launch European tour

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2014-07-29 15:50:11 - General

The Coe College Touring Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band will be traveling to Europe Aug. 4-14, presenting concerts in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, and Prague in the Czech Republic. The concerts will celebrate music by Iowa composers, American icons, and the cause of freedom so recently won by the residents of this region.

In preparation for the tour, band members will perform a prelude concert to the Sunday, Aug. 3, Cedar Rapids Municipal Band season finale concert in Bever Park. The 5:30 p.m. prelude concert will begin with the Coe Touring Jazz Band, under the direction of Coe Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley, who is also the director of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band. Following the jazz portion of the program, members of the Touring Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Coe Professor of Music William Carson, will perform their portion of the tour program.

The Coe bands undertake major tours every three years. Recent tours include New Orleans, Mexico, Honduras, and Belize (2011); Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai (2008); South Korea (2005), and England/Scotland (2003). The touring bands are made up of students, faculty, alumni and a small number of community band members. These tours continue a long-standing tradition of tours throughout the United States and abroad. The tours are both performance and educational opportunities.

This summer's tour will include stops in Chicago, Warsaw, at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Jasna Gora Monastery, the Wieliczka Salt Mines, Prague, and Berlin. Tour participants will learn about the history and politics of the region, while sharing great American music in a part of Europe that was once behind the Iron Curtain.

The Coe Jazz Band will perform music by King Oliver and Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Frank Foster and Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, as well as Iowa native Paul Clark. The Coe Touring Wind Ensemble will perform John Williams' "Liberty Fanfare," E.E. Bagley's "National Emblem" with references to "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Hosts of Freedom" by Iowa's own Karl King, as well as music by Sam Hazo and Iowa composer Travis Cross. Linking Iowa and Prague, the band will perform David Shaffer's "New World Variations," based on the famous "Going Home" theme that Czech composer Antonin Dvorak used in his "New World Symphony" after spending his summer in Spillville, Iowa. The concerts will conclude with Sousa's famous "Stars and Stripes Forever."

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