Jan. 18, 2005
The 33rd annual
Morningside College Jazz Festival
will be held Sunday through Tuesday, Feb.
6 to 8, on the Morningside campus.
Nearly 60 high school
and middle school instrumental jazz ensembles will perform
throughout the event. The majority of the ensembles are from
Northwest Iowa. The competition will be held from 8 a.m. until
6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday in Eppley Auditorium and at Grace
United Methodist Church.
The jazz festival
is sponsored by Morningside College,
KMEG-TV, and radio stations Star 102.3 and Y 101.3,
and Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series
festival will begin with a concert by the United
States Coast Guard Masters of Swing Band
on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Eppley
Auditorium. The band, formed in 1989, performs
Swing Era music from compositions by jazz greats such as Duke
Ellington, Glenn Miller, and George Gershwin.
Morningside College Jazz Concert will be held on
Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium.
The concert will feature the Morningside Jazz Ensemble, directed
by Dr. Gerry Bouma, department chair of music at Morningside;
and the Morningside Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim
Watson, assistant professor of music at Morningside; and
several soloists from the Masters of Swing band. The concert
will include a varied repertoire, ranging from classic to
Bouma is the director
of the Morningside Jazz Festival.
The public is invited to attend the concerts free of
charge. No tickets or reservations are necessary.
The members of the
U.S. Coast Guard Masters of Swing Band will all serve as adjudicators
and clinicians for the festival. The band personnel includes:
Senior Chief Musician Thomas E. Briggs, drum set and leader;
Chief Musician Joel K. Flunker, trumpet; Chief Musician Andrew
G. Sherwood, clarinet and tenor saxophone; Musician First
Class Greg R. Case, saxophone; Chief Musician Vince Yanovitch,
trombone; Chief Musician Ian Frenkel, keyboards; and Chief
Musician Mark E. McCormick, bass.
will include: Terry Burns, a professional bassist; Sean Flanigan,
assistant professor of low brass and assistant director of
bands at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; Andy Hall,
who has performed and recorded with Mannheim Steamroller and
Maynard Ferguson; Bob Miller, an alto saxophonist who is currently
interim vice president for academic affairs at St. Martin’s
College in Lacey, Wis.; Brent Sandy, adjunct professor in
the jazz studies department at the University of Iowa and
Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa; Pete Whitman, who heads
the brass and woodwinds department at Musictech College in
St. Paul, Minn.; and Steve Widenhofer, director of the School
of Music and interim chair of music industry studies at Millikin
University in Decatur, Ill.
The festival is
sanctioned by the Iowa High School Music Association and is
the Northwest Iowa preliminary contest for the Iowa Jazz Championships.
The festival is also approved by South Dakota, Minnesota,
and Nebraska high school associations.
will serve food on Monday and Tuesday.
For additional information,
contact Dr. Gerry Bouma at 712-274-5218.