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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QCWE announces Fall Concert and Masterclass featuring Kurt Dupuis
The Quad City Wind Ensemble (QCWE) and season sponsor Edward Jones announce a free fall concert featuring Master Gunnery Sergeant Kurt Dupuis, “The President’s Own” Marine Band principal trumpeter. The concert will be Sunday, October 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Galvin Fine Arts Center, 517 W. Locust St., on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. Master Gunnery Sgt Dupuis will also conduct a Masterclass on Saturday, October 25th, from 12:00-3:00 p.m., also at the Galvin Fine Arts Center. Both events are free and open to the public. All are encouraged to bring their instrument to the Saturday masterclass.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Dupuis, of Rochester, N.H., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 1992. He was named principal trumpet in 1997.
He began his musical instruction at age 8 and studied with Terry Detwiler, former Marine Band solo cornet. He graduated in 1985 from Spaulding High School in Rochester, N.H. and earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Boston University in 1990 where he also pursued graduate studies. His teachers included Roger Voisin, Peter Chapman, and Dr. Robert Stibler. In addition, he has received extensive coaching from Rolf Smedvig, Timothy Morrison, Jeff Curnow, and Susan Slaughter.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Dupuis was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., and was a participant at the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for two summers. He also was a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, winners of the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, Summit Brass International Chamber Music Competition, and the Rafael Mendez International Chamber Music Competition. The quintet toured the U.S. and Canada under Columbia Artist Management and coached at the Empire Brass Seminar at the Tanglewood Institute. Master Gunnery Sgt. Dupuis has performed in conjunction with the Empire Brass both at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Bermuda Arts Festival.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Dupuis currently resides in Alexandria, Va. He has been featured as a soloist with both the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra, frequently conducts masterclasses at universities and has published an article in the International Trumpet Guild and The Brass Herald.
Marine Band principal trumpet Master Gunnery Sgt. Kurt Dupuis’ performance with the Quad City Wind Ensemble is in a volunteer capacity.
The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
The QCWE was founded in 1987 by Dr. Charles B. DCamp of St. Ambrose University, and has become one of the finest adult bands in the nation. In 2012 the QCWE was the Community Division winner of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance. For additional information, please visit www.qcwindensemble.org,
QCWE supporters, Genesis Doctors in Recital, will be in concert September 21st, 2014 from 2-4:00pm in the Centennial Hall at Augustana College. Doctors in recital is in its fifth year, and all proceeds benefit music therapy and the Genesis Hospice program. Call 563-421-6861 to purchase tickets.
Audition material for new QCWE members and returning woodwind players, has now been posted. Click here for specifics. Auditions will be held September 14th from 1:00-5:00pm, or via alternate arrangement. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
The QCWE’s Fall Concert will feature special guest Kurt Dupuis, principal trumpet of the United States Marine Band. Admission to the concert will be FREE for all attendees, and will be held Sunday, October 26th. Mr. Dupuis will also be leading a master class on Saturday, October 25. Watch www.qcwindensemble.org and our facebook page for additional details in the coming weeks!
The Quad City Wind Ensemble Board of Directors is proud to announce the schedule of the 29th season of the QCWE. Fall, Holiday, Winter and Spring concerts will all occur at the Allaert Auditorium at the Galvin Fine Arts Center at St. Ambrose University.
The season kicks off Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 3:00pm. The Holiday Concert, now in its third year, will be Sunday, December 14th at 3:00pm. The Holiday Concert will also feature the Big River Brass Band, an audience favorite. The Winter concert will be Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 3:00pm. The Spring concert will again be a Saturday evening concert, on May 9th, 2015 at 7:30pm.
For more information, please visit www.qcwindensemble.org.
Full details and the application for the 2014 Charles B. DCamp Young Performer’s Solo Competition have now been posted.
The January 26th QCWE rehearsal is cancelled due to the expected weather. Please keep yourself, friends, and family warm and safe this weekend. Please be sure to practice on your own in order to maximize the effectiveness of our upcoming rehearsals.
Welcome to 2014! Please remember that the first rehearsal for our Winter Concert cycle is Sunday, January 19 at 6pm. Click here for the season schedule. See you in a few weeks!