The spring Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across eastern Iowa, April 2, 4 and 5. The Coe College Festival of Bands has grown to become one of the largest non-competitive events of its kind in the state.
Featured ensembles performing during the event include the Kirkwood Community College Concert Band, the Coe College Gold 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 Robert W. Smith, one of the most popular and prolific composers of concert band and orchestral literature in America today. He has over 600 publications in print with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications and the Belwin catalog. As a conductor and clinician, Smith has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia. Several of Smith's compositions will be performed by the bands during the weekend's concerts.
The specific events are as follows:
Thursday, April 2 - 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 4 - Elementary School Honor Band Concert featuring guest composer/conductor Robert Smith and guest conductor Kevin Makinster, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $5, $3 for students and seniors.
This marks the seventh 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 4 - Festival of Bands Grand Finale Concert featuring the Coe College Concert Band directed by William Carson, with special guest composer/conductor Robert Smith, 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 5 - Coe College Junior and Senior Honor Bands Concert, directed by David Law and William Carson, with special guest composer/conductor Robert Smith, 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.
Additional information about the guest conductor/composer is as follows:
Robert W. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers of concert band and orchestral literature in America today. He has over 600 publications in print with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications and the Belwin catalog. He is currently published exclusively by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and serves as the director of product development for C.L. Barnhouse and Walking Frog Records.
Smith's credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. His "Symphony #1" (The Divine Comedy), "Symphony #2" (The Odyssey) and "Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual" have received worldwide critical acclaim. His educational compositions such as "The Tempest," "Encanto," and "The Great Locomotive Chase" have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.
Smith's numerous works for orchestras of all levels are currently some of the most popular repertoire available today. His music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. From professional ensembles such as the United States Navy Band and the Atlanta Symphony to school bands and orchestras throughout the world, his music speaks to audiences in any concert setting.
As a conductor and clinician, Smith has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia. He is the principal conductor of the American Symphonic Winds and the American Festival Philharmonic Orchestra, professional recording ensembles based in Washington D.C. He is currently working on the production of "Symphony No. 3" (Don Quixote), the fourth in a series of compact disc recordings of his best-known works for concert band. In addition, he is co-creator of the Expressions Music Curriculum. This comprehensive Pre-K through 12 music program includes Band Expressions, an innovative new approach to teaching music through the band.
Smith is currently teaching at Troy University in Troy, Ala. His teaching responsibilities are focused in music composition, production, publishing and business. In addition, he is a managing partner and conductor/producer for American Audio Unlimited, an audio production company specializing in recordings for concert band and orchestra.
For more information on Festival of Bands events, contact the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.
The musical selections for the concerts are as follows:
Saturday, April 4 - Elementary Honor Bands, 4 p.m.
Coe College Crimson Elementary Honor Band
Program selected from:
Anasazi - John Edmondson
Bossa Blue - Barrie Gott
Pirates' Cave - Mark Williams
The Sword of Kings - Robert W. Smith
Valiance - Robert W. Smith
At Daybreak - Robert W. Smith
Coe College Gold Elementary Honor Band
Program selected from:
Drummin' Surf-ari - Ed Huckeby
Leader of the Class - Ed Huckeby
Advance Guard - Jerry Nowak
Ultimatum - Robert W. Smith
Lullaby for Band - Robert W. Smith
Triton Fanfare - Robert W. Smith
Saturday, April 4 - Grand Finale Concert, 8 p.m.
Scenes from the Louvre - Norman Dello Joio
In Memory of the Composer (1913-2008)
William Byrd Suite - Gordon Jacob
I. Earle of Oxford's March
First Suite in Eb for Military Band - Gustav Holst
On the 100th anniversary of its composition
Variations on an Original Theme ("Enigma Variations") - Edward Elgar, arr. Slocum
Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion - P.D.Q. Bach
I. Grand Entrance
II. Simply Grand Minuet
III. Romance in the Grand Manner
IV. Rondo Mucho Grando
Symphony No. 3, "Don Quixote" - Robert W. Smith
I. The Quest
III. Sancho and the Windmills
IV. The Illumination
conducted by the composer
Sunday, April 5 - Honor Bands with Coe College Jazz Ensemble, 4 p.m.
Coe College Junior Honor Band
David Law, conductor
Ionosphere - Dwight Beckham
Paradox - Michael Story
Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon - arr. Michael Sweeney
El Espiritu du Valencia - Robert W. Smith
Fiesta La Vida - Robert W. Smith
Coe College Senior Honor Band
William S. Carson, conductor
Sea Songs - Ralph Vaughn-Williams
Festival Fanfare - Franco Cesarini
Solaris - Robert W. Smith
Symphony of Souls - Robert W. Smith
Coe College Jazz Ensemble
Steve Shanley, director
Blue Miles - Chick Corea, arr. Bob Washut
Uppin' Adam - Fred Sturm
Splanky - Neal Hefti, arr. Sammy Nestico
Mambo De Memo - Matt Harris, featuring Al Naylor, trumpet