QCWE Winter Concert Announcement

Date: February 9, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QCWE announces Winter Concert “Musica Nova”

The 30th season of the Quad City Wind Ensemble continues Sunday, February 28th at 3:00pm.  The QCWE is conducted by Brian L. Hughes, 2015 winner of the American Prize in Wind Band Conducting (school and community division).

The Winter Concert: Musica Nova, consists entirely of music written by living composers and no piece predates 2001. The program will include music by Daniel Montoya, Jared Beau, David Maslanka, Rick Kirby, and QCWE favorite Julie Giroux. Also included will be the premiere performance of a work by Kenyon Wilson; QCWE was one of the commissioning groups of this memorial of the 2015 Chattanooga, Tennessee, shooting tragedy. The concert will immediately be followed by a reception with free refreshments and homemade treats. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE for all students through 12th grade. The concert will take place in the Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St, Davenport, on the St. Ambrose University campus.

The QCWE is also continuing to accept applications for the Charles B DCamp Young Performers Competition. More information, including application and list of pre-approved repertoire, can be found at www.qcwindensemble.org/solo-competition/

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, or http://www.facebook.com/qcwindensemble.  Please contact Tyné Rieck, QCWE Public Relations at info@qcwindensemble.org for further information about the Quad City Wind Ensemble.

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Congratulations Brian!

Congratulations to Quad City Wind Ensemble conductor Brian Hughes on winning the 2015 American Prize in conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble: Community/School Division.

This is actually the second American Prize for Brian. He was conductor when the QCWE won the American Prize in 2012 in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance: Community Division.

Founded in 2009, The American Prize is a series of new nonprofit competitions designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the nation based on submitted recordings. Winners receive cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on recorded performances.

In addition to monetary rewards and written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize websites. For more information about the competition, visit theamericanprize.org.

QCWE 30th Season continues with Holiday Concert

The 30th season of the Quad City Wind Ensemble (QCWE) continues with a free holiday concert featuring the Big River Brass Band (BRBB).  The concert will be Sunday, December 13 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.  The event is free and open to the public.  This is the 4th year the BRBB has been featured during the holiday QCWE concert.

The QCWE is conducted by Brian Hughes, who was recently named a finalist in The American Prize award for band/wind ensemble conducting.  In 2012 the QCWE was the Community Division winner of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance. 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.  For additional information, please visit www.qcwindensemble.org, or http://www.facebook.com/qcwindensemble.  Please contact info@qcwindensemble.org for further information about the Quad City Wind Ensemble.

The BRBB was co-founded by Ed Butterfield, retired band director for Rock Island High School and Jerry Miller, John Deere retiree.  Miller saw a picture of the Deere Cornet Band in a book about Deere’s history and decided to revive a brass band using Deere employees in order to carry on the Deere tradition.  Ed Butterfield later retired as director and was succeeded by current conductor Brian Burke. Since 2006, regular concerts have been played in Aledo, Geneseo, Rock Island, Moline, Bettendorf, and at the Festival of Trees in Davenport. The BRBB plays in the style of European brass bands and draws literature from classic brass band, jazz arrangements for brass band, and continues to search for new music.  For additional information, please visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bigriverbrassband

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2015-16 Season Details Coming Soon!

Concert date and audition details will be coming soon to the QC Wind Ensemble website!

Until then, mark your calendars for
Open Rehearsal on Sunday, August 30th from 6-8:30pm
Auditions on Sunday, Sept 13th from 1-5pm
Rehearsals for Fall concert: Sept 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18 (dress),
Fall Concert Oct 25

All these activities will take place in Madsen Hall, St Ambrose University Galvin Fine Arts Center.

Looking forward to a great season of wind ensemble music!

QCWE Announces Competition Winner, Spring Concert

The 29th season of the Quad City Wind Ensemble concludes Saturday, May 9th at 7:30pm. The concert will feature flute soloist Gabriela Nisly, winner of the 2015 Charles B. DCamp Young Performer’s Competition. Nisly, a senior at Iowa City West High School, is the student of Nicole Esposito and Megan Hofeldt.

In addition to the solo performance appearance, Nisly receives a $250 scholarship for private study. Second place winner Anoushka Divekar, clarinet, receives a $150 scholarship. Third place and a $100 scholarship goes to alto saxophonist Jacob Nishimura. Divekar and Nishimura are also students at Iowa City West High School.

Conducted by Brian L. Hughes, the QCWE performance will include works by Malcolm Arnold, Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli, and George Gershwin. The concert will immediately be followed by a reception with free refreshments and homemade treats.

Admission in $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE for all students through 12th grade. See this poster for details. We hope you can join us at the Galvin Fine Arts Center on the campus of St. Ambrose.

Founded in 1987 by Dr. Charles B. DCamp of St. Ambrose University, the Quad City Wind Ensemble (QCWE) has become one of the finest adult bands in the nation. With an annual series of full ensemble and chamber music concerts, the QCWE has also performed at the annual conventions of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and the Illinois Music Educators Association. For additional information, please visit www.qcwindensemble.org, or http://www.facebook.com/qcwindensemble

Reminder: Applications due for Young Performers Competition

Remember to turn in your application form for the March 22nd competition!

The Quad City Wind Ensemble is pleased to announce the Twenty-Seventh Annual Charles B. DCamp Young Performers’ Solo Competition to be held in Madsen Hall, at St. Ambrose University on Sunday, March 22, 2015. The winner will appear as our guest soloist on May 9, 2015.

The 2015 guidelines, application, and an updated pre-approved solo list are available at the solo competition page of the QCWE website.

In addition to performing with the Quad City Wind Ensemble, the first place winner will receive a $250 scholarship for private study. The second place winner will receive a $150 scholarship for private study, and the third place winner will receive a $100 scholarship for private study.

All entrants must be students currently involved in a high school instrumental music program.  There is no entry fee for this competition. The guest soloist must perform the same piece in the concert as performed during the audition. Previous first place winners must audition on a different piece. All applicants must audition using piano accompaniment and furnish two copies of the solo part for the adjudicators. One of the copies may be a photo-copied reproduction of the original.