This blog will contain information pertinent to members of the Drake University Bands.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Prof. Robert Meunier

One final post for the evening, reminding us all to learn our parts OR ELSE!

Some Photos From Tour

Phot Credits to: Carrie Williams, Allison Francis, Molly Scott, and Marcus Cavanaugh.

Second Set

You can find the recordings for the Wind Symphony's next set of pieces here. These are also m4a files and require iTunes to listen to.

In order to access these songs, follow these steps: click on the link above. Click (once, with the left button) on the track you desire. If you have iTunes installed and are using Windows, a box should open with the option to "Open With." If you have iTunes installed, the tracks should open in iTunes automatically. Follow any onscreen instructions, and voila! Music for your enjoyment! If you use a Mac, right click instead of left click (if you are the type of Mac user that has two buttons). Let me know if there are any problems, and while I am not as familiar with Macs, I would be pleased to help solve any problems you may encounter.

Please remember these files are for educational use only. After you have listened to them, please delete them from your computers. Thank you very much!

If you have any questions or concerns, again please feel free to contact Andy Hamilton at ach004 (at) drake (dot) edu. Thanks!


Hello! If you are interested in recordings of the Wind Symphony's performance on March 11, please visit this link and click on the tracks desired. The files are saved as m4a files, so it requires a download of iTunes, which can be downloaded for free here. The recordings for our next set will be posted later tonight.

If you have any questions or concerns with these links and/or problems with getting the recordings, please don't hesitate to contact Andy Hamilton at ach004 (at) drake (dot) edu. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Wind Symphony Tour Itinerary 2006

Wednesday 3/8
6:45 a.m. Load at Fine Arts Center
7:15 Depart FAC
9:15 Arrive Iowa City West High School
10:01 – 10:54 Concert I
10:59 – 11:54 Concert II
12:30 p.m. Depart Iowa City High (Lunch en route)
1:30 Depart Iowa City
5:15 Arrive Holiday Inn Oakbrook (Evening on own)

Thursday 3/9
7:15 a.m. Load Busses
7:30 Depart Hotel for Palatine
8:30 Arrive William Fremd High School (Palatine, IL)
9:20 – 10:10 Concert I
10:15 –11:05 Concert II (lunch to follow)
12:15 p.m. Depart for Hotel
1:00 Arrive Hotel
1:30 Bus Departure for Downtown Chicago (Bus returns to hotel)
6:00 Bus leaves Hotel for Downtown Chicago pick-up
6:45 Depart pick-up area
7:30 Arrive Northwestern University for concert
9:30 Depart Northwestern for Hotel
10:30 Arrive Hotel

Friday 3/10
6:15 a.m. Load Busses
6:30 Depart Hotel
7:15 Arrive Maine West High School (Des Plaines)
8:00 – 9:00 Concert
9:30 Depart Maine West
10:30 Arrive McHenry High School
11:00 – 12:00 Concert
12:30 p.m. Depart McHenry for Des Moines (Lunch en route)
6:15 Arrive FAC Drake University (End of Bus Service)

Saturday 3/11
6:30 p.m. Percussion/Staff set-up (Sheslow)
7:15 Call
8:00 Concert

Wind Symphony Press Release


Drake’s premier wind band is comprised of the finest wind and percussion students at the university and dedicated to performing the highest quality literature for band, ranging from chamber wind works to the contemporary band repertoire. Since its inception in 1998, the Wind Symphony has quickly developed a national reputation for musical excellence. The ensemble has given invited performances for the North Central Division of the College Band Director’s National Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, Iowa Bandmasters Association, South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association, and toured extensively throughout the Midwest. It has released four compact discs, including Angels and Demons (2001), Homage (2003) and Impressions (2005) through Mark Custom Recording. These have received accolades from composers and critics alike, including Band World’s Ira Novoselsky, who cited Angels and Demons as: “…an excellent and imaginative recording that will definitely hold your interest.” Both Homage and Impressions have been honored by inclusion on the Mark Master Recording Series, a distinction reserved for recordings of the highest quality. Recordings by the Wind Symphony have received high praise from noted band composers including Jan Van der Roost, Joseph Spaniola, Roger Cichy, Timothy Mahr and Barry Kopetz. The Wind Symphony has also produced promotional recordings for both Daehn Publications and C. Alan Publications. Concerts by the Wind Symphony are aired regularly as a part of WOI Radio’s University Concert Series.

Members of the Drake University Wind Symphony are, in alphabetical order:

Carrie Williams

Katherine Blomgren
Lindsay Jones
Marisa Kelegian*
Allison Otto

Amanda Hardy*
Shalina Money
Molly Scott
English Horn
Molly Scott

Jennifer Barker
Amy Benes
Brandon Borseth*
Xiaohu Jiang
Amanda Nunn
Katie Owen
Kim Steinke
James Vacca
Calla Whipp

Jane Fiegen
Courtney Sommer*

Bass Clarinet
Heather Blue*
Laura Carson
Crystal Mutchler

Contrabass Clarinet
Heather Blue

Alto Saxophone
David Bohl
Eric Neeley*
Mark Strand

Tenor Saxophone

Matt Gunsaulus

Baritone Saxophone
Stephanie Kilker

Justin Brookens
C. J. Howard
Audrey Husted*
David Krcil
Lindsay Mayer
Aaron Phillips
Andy Poppen

Miranda Bane
Marcus Cavanaugh
Allison Francis
Andrew Hamilton
Laura Krossner*
Kate Wiseman

Andrew Bobka
Brad Cook*
Matt Crummy
Hans Erickson

Bass Trombone

Matt Holland
Alan Cox*

Andrew Coleman
Craig Nelson*

Joe Wenzel*
Aaron White

Mark Grimm
Cole Meyers
Branden Oliver
Brian Ruggle
Tyson Wernli*
Alina Wiatrolik

Kim Stienke*
Marcus Cavanaugh

String Bass
Kyle Baas

*denotes principal players

Tour Locations 2006

Iowa City West High School
2901 Melrose Ave. Iowa City, IA 52246
Robb Medd 319-688-1050
9:15 – 12:00

Holiday Inn Oakbrook Terrace (Hotel throughout stay)
17W350 22nd Street
Oakbrook IL

William Fremd High School
100 S. Quentin Rd. Palantine. IL 60067-7018
Matt Moore 847-755-2802
8:30 – 12:00

Maine West High School
1755 S. Wolf Rd. Des Plaines, IL 60018
Bernie Gertsmayer 847-803-5872
7:15 – 9:30

McHenry High School
4724 W. Crystal Lake Rd. McHenry, IL 60050
Brian N. Weidner 815-385-7077
10:30 – 12:30

In case of emergency call Robert Meunier 515-229-1582

Monday, February 27, 2006

Concert Band Pictures

Photo Credits: Andy Hamilton

Concert Band Concert

The Drake University Concert Band, Sean Flanigan conducting, performed their first concert of the spring on Saturday, February 25th. Works performed included "Cenotaph" by Jack Stamp, "held still in quick of grace..." by Jack Stamp, "Variations on 'America'" by Charles Ives, "Shenandoah" by Frank Ticheli, and "Critical Speed" by Greg Danner.

Itinerary Coming Soon

The Wind Symphony will be going on tour to Chicago in two weeks. Check back for a post about our itinerary!