Coe College Festival of Bands concerts to feature new music

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2016-03-29 09:17:58 - General

Newly commissioned music will be played by more than 500 musicians of all ages from across Eastern Iowa in this year's Coe College Festival of Bands concerts, April 7-10. With four performances featuring eight bands, the Coe 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 Coe College Concert Band, the Coe College Jazz Ensemble, the Kirkwood Community College Concert Band, the New Horizons Band, and honor bands featuring elementary, middle school and high school students.

Coe has participated in the commissioning of several of the pieces that the Elementary Honor Bands will perform, including music by former Festival of Bands guest Frank Ticheli. This year's guest composer/conductor David Shaffer has composed a new piece specifically for the Junior Honor Band, which will receive its world premiere at the festival.

In addition, the Coe College Concert Band will present the Iowa premiere of Shaffer's trombone feature, "Slidin' Stiehl," and the world premiere of the band version of "American Sketches," composed by Coe composition instructor Josh Reznicow.

Guest composer/conductor David Shaffer

From teaching and conducting to composing and arranging, David Shaffer has impacted the American music scene for the past 35 years. In his current role as the director of the Miami University Marching Band, Shaffer has participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and numerous Bands of America competitions.

In addition to his marching band involvement, Shaffer is a world-renowned composer for more than 350 compositions and arrangements in print. His work has been showcased at numerous events around the world including music festivals, clinics and concerts. Shaffer routinely guest conducts at music festivals and music education seminars throughout the United States. This will mark Shaffer's third appearance at the Coe College Festival of Bands.

The specific Festival of Bands events are as follows:

Thursday, April 7 - Kirkwood Community College Concert Band conducted by Dr. Joe Perea and the New Horizons Band directed by Alan Lawrence, at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 9 - Elementary School Honor Band Concert at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium, with guest composer/conductor David Shaffer. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, and they are available at the door.

This concert marks the 14th time elementary honor band students have been selected to perform at Coe College, making 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 9 - Festival of Bands Gala Concert featuring the Coe College Concert Band directed by William Carson, with guest composer/conductor David Shaffer, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, and they are available at the door.

During this concert, Shaffer will serve as guest conductor for several of his own works.

Sunday, April 10 - Coe College Junior Honor Band conducted by Steve Shanley, and Coe College Senior Honor Band directed by William Carson, with special guest composer/conductor David Shaffer, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. In addition, the Coe College Jazz Ensemble will perform, under the direction of Steve Shanley. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors, and they are available at the door.

For more information on Festival of Bands events, contact the Coe Music Department at 319-399-8521.