Strike up the bands! It’s an extravaganza!

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The top bands of the University of Iowa School of Music will take center stage with the annual Band Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Band Extravaganza is a popular showcase for the Johnson County Landmark (JCL) jazz band, the Symphony Band, and the Hawkeye Marching Band.

Under the direction of John Rapson, JCL will perform “Blues Almighty” by Ken Schaphorst; “Catch Me If You Can” by Wil Swindler; Rapson’s “Legacy of Lyons,” featuring New York saxophonist Dave Pietro as special guest; and Pietro’s “Juba.” Visit to learn more about Pietra, who has performed and recorded with artists including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Paul Anka, Blood Sweat & Tears, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, and Liza Minnelli.

The Symphony Band will play “American Salute” by Morton Gould, “Semper Fidelis” by John Philip Sousa, and the Overture to “The Cowboys” by John Williams.

The extravaganza will culminate with highlights from the 2011 marching season by the Hawkeye Marching Band, directed by Kevin Kastens and featuring Hawkeye Golden Girl Chelsea Russell, drum major Joe Piasecki, and the Iowa Spirit Squads. Herky will be available for photos.

Band Extravaganza admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets are available in advance from the Hancher box office in Old Capitol Town Centre, by phone at 319-335-1160 or 800-426-2437, or online at

Symphony Band stays busy

The Symphony Band will return to the stage the night after the Band Extravaganza, giving a free performance at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Under the direction of Richard Mark Heidel, assistant conductor Carter Biggers, and guest conductor Marc Decker, the Symphony Band will perform the “American Salute” by Morton Gould; the Divertimento for Band, Op. 42, by Vincent Persichetti; “In evening’s stillness…” by Joseph Schwantner; Sinfonia for Winds by Gaetano Donizetti; “Lads of Wamphray” by Percy Aldridge Grainger; and the Overture to “The Cowboys” by John Williams.

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