Winter Concert Sunday, March 8

Date: March 3, 2015

QCWE announces Winter Concert  (click here for concert poster)

The Quad City Wind Ensemble (QCWE) and season sponsors Edward Jones and Modern Woodmen announce their Winter Concert, “If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On”.  The concert will be Sunday, March 8 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. Admission in $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE for all students through 12th grade.  See attached poster for details.
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, or  Please contact Tyné Rieck, QCWE Public Relations at for further information about the Quad City Wind Ensemble.

Feb 1st Rehearsal Canceled

Due to the poor weather conditions, rehearsal scheduled for today (February 1st) is canceled.  Please stay safe, and we will see you next Sunday, February 8th at 6pm.

If you want to get a jump on the music, folders will be at Griggs Music by Wednesday morning and can be picked up anytime the store is open.  Hours are 10am to 6pm Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturday.  Otherwise folders will be available at rehearsal Sunday the 8th.

2015 Young Performer’s 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.

Fall Concert Wrap-Up

In a word….WOW.  The board, conductor, and musicians of the Quad City Wind Ensemble want to thank you for your enthusiastic support for Sunday’s concert, featuring Kurt Dupuis.  It was great to see so many generations of band fans in attendance.

In addition to the concert, Kurt held two masterclasses for area students, and his love of music was clear to all who attended .  He encouraged everyone to keep playing, and have fun doing it.

That’s one of our missions…to keep the band music playing.  While we strive to be the best community band in the nation, what truly brings us all together is the love and fun of making music together.  Hours alone practicing become truly meaningful when you then get to experience the full sound of a group of players coming together for the same purpose.  Then to take it further and perform for you…. our friends, family, and community?  It makes all the hard work worthwhile.  So again, thank you for being a great audience and for your generous and continued support for the QCWE.

We’ll see you at our Holiday Concert December 14th at 3:00pm.  Let us know on our Facebook page which holiday tune you most want to hear…your wish might be granted!

Concert preview (updated!)

Get a sneak peek at Sunday’s program – read the preview from maestro Brian Hughes.   Part 4 will be added later this week!    Updated to include the closing number which is….insert drumroll here….Pines of Appian Way (from Pines of Rome)!

Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It’s beginning to feel like autumn.  The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and everyone’s thoughts turn to the QUAD CITY WIND ENSEMBLE.  (Bet you thought I was going to say “football”.)
The next concert of Iowa’s award-winning wind band is slated for Sunday October 26 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center in Davenport.  With a program entitled “Oh the Places We’ll Go,” the concert promises an international flavor of old chestnuts and the sounds of today.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa wrote Smetana Fanfare on a commission by the San Diego State University Wind Ensemble for a 1984 festival honoring the father of the nationalistic Czech school, Bedrich Smetana.  A brief work, but still containing many hallmarks of Husa’s style, it employs two excerpts from Smetana’s symphonic poem Wallenstein’s Camp.
The Slavonic Rhapsody by Carl Friedemann is probably (and unfortunately) among the least known works on the program.  Serving a long tenure as a military musician and town bandsman in both Germany and his native Switzerland, Friedemann, among his hundreds of works include over 140 for wind band.  Rhapsodic in nature, the piece captures the essence of the kinds of works penned by Dvorak, Liszt, and many others.  Every section of the band enjoys the opportunity to shine through in this virtuosic showpiece.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Kurt DupoisPrincipal Trumpet of the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own.” joins the ensemble in a performance of Robert Russell Bennett’s Rose Variations.  Well known as the leading Broadway arranger of his time, Bennett composed this work in 1955 for cornet soloist with concert band accompaniment.  The original soloist was Jimmy Burke, who served as cornet soloist with the famed Goldman Band for 32 years.  Each of the variations is  subtitled after a particular kind of rose, resulting in a lovely bouquet of sounds and styles.
Azcarraga, a Spanish pasodoble, was composed by former QCWE conductor (now Director of Bands at Ferris State University in Michigan) Richard Scott Cohen.  While visiting Valencia in 1994, Cohen was asked to compose this delightful march for one of the falla clubs there.  The composer notes that it has become a street-parade favorite of many of the bands in the area.
Ralph Hultgren is probably the leading wind band composer in all of Australia, having lent his unique style to bands of every ability level.  Composed in 1988 for the Bicentennial Nation Band Championships, The Hornet’s Nest is dedicated to the men (and women?) of the R.A.A.F. Hornet Squadron.  Each section of the work depicts a different aspect of flight operations, and includes F-18’s at take-off, the freedom of flight (“nothing above the canopy by the sky”) and even a simulated dogfight.
Few composers of the twentieth century have composed more works commemorating their homeland than Ottorino Respighi.  He is best known for his Roman tone poems, of which the Pines of Rome has long been an audience favorite.  Eschewing the string parts (are they really necessary?) Erik Leidzen’s arrangement of the last movement “Pines of the Appian Way,” brings out the essence of the work depicting the advancing Roman legions on the famed (and still extant) ancient highway.
The performance will also include at least two surprises (with live performance, one never knows what will pop up).  The best news, however, is that the concert is FREE to all, thanks in no small part by our generous supporters.

October 26 Concert and Masterclass Announcement


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, or contact Tyné Rieck, QCWE Public Relations at

QCWE 2014-10-26 concert flyer update          QCWE_10.25.14_MasterclassFlyer


QCWE Announces US Marine Band Guest Artist

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 and our facebook page for additional details in the coming weeks!

2014-15 Concert Schedule Announced

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