Four Iowa Lakes instrumentalists have been selected to perform in the 20th Annual Iowa Collegiate All-Star Concert Band. Students will be on the Iowa State University Campus on Nov. 22, for rehearsal, and at the Ames City Auditorium on Nov. 23, for the concert.
The students selected include: Charlie Doyle, an elementary education major from Spencer who plays the bass trombone; Elias Niebuhr, a music major from LeMars who plays the trumpet; Elisabeth Niebuhr, an Associate of Arts major from LeMars who plays the tuba; and, Martin Christensen, a music major from Estherville who plays the tuba.
The guest conductor this year is Robert Ponto, Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands at the University of Oregon. He conducts the Oregon Wind Ensemble, supervises the graduate program in wind conducting, and serves as coordinator of recruitment and outreach. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Ponto is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference and past president of the Northwest Division of College Band Directors National Association.
The 100-piece band consists of musicians from the following colleges: Buena Vista, Clarke College, Coe College, Dordt College, Drake University, Ellsworth Community College, Graceland College, Iowa Central Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Loras College, Luther College, Morningside College, Mount Mercy University, Northwestern College, Simpson College, St. Ambrose University, University of Iowa and Wartburg College.
The Collegiate All-Star Concert Band was started 20 years ago by Professor Carol Ayres, Iowa Lakes Community College; Dr. Bill Carson, Coe College and Dr. Henry Duitman, Dordt College.
The Collegiate All-Star Concert Band will perform on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at the Ames City Auditorium (520 6th Ave, Ames, Iowa).