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Keystone Winds to Perform at WASBE Conference

The Keystone Wind Ensemble has had a busy summer performing. In May, 2009, they performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Harrisburg, and this week they will perform at the WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Conference.

The fourteenth International Conference (July 5-11, 2009) is going to be the most exciting and jam-packed event in the history of WASBE. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear fifteen of the finest wind bands in the world, observe a virtual who’s who of conductors and clinicians, and participate in thought-provoking clinics, discussions, and workshops—all set within the state-of-the-art facilities located at the University of Cincinnati’s College–Conservatory of Music. Other ensembles performing include the United States Marine Band, the North Texas Wind Ensemble, the Philharmonic Winds Osaka (Japan), and the China Youth Corps, among others.

Every ensemble that performs at the conference will be featuring special guest conductors, soloists, and new commissions guaranteed to raise the collective consciousness of our profession. But one very special group of conductors will be working with the International Youth Wind Orchestra, and it includes three of the most important wind conductors of the past fifty years—Donald Hunsberger (Eastman School of Music), Frank Battisti (New England Conservatory of Music), and H. Robert Reynolds (formerly of the University of Michigan and now at the University of Southern California). Their rehearsals will be open to all attendees, with repertoire that includes both of the Holst Suites, Lincolnshire Posy by Grainger, and the Hindemith Symphony in B flat.

The Keystone Wind Ensemble will be premiering a new composition by Richard Danielpour titled Icarus, which is scored for large brass ensemble, percussion, and two pianos. Virtually every major orchestra in the United States has performed Danielpour’s music, and he is widely thought of as being one of the most influential composers of his generation. Keystone will also be performing Chronicles by Joseph Turrin, featuring Tom Hooten of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. WASBE host Rodney Winther of CCM recently commented that KWE director Jack Stamp is “one of the most energetic commissioners of new works by important composers for our medium.”

The Keystone Wind Ensemble, directed by Jack Stamp, director of Bands and chairperson of the IUP Department of Music, is composed of IUP faculty members, alumni, and students. They have recorded approximately twenty CDs and have performed at several regional and national events. The IUP wind and percussion faculty who will be performing are Gary Bird (retired), David Borst (retired), Stephanie Caulder, Zach Collins, Chris Dickinson, Kevin Eisensmith, David Ferguson, Ron Horner, Irvin Kauffman, Mike Kingan, Jack Scandrett, Terri Wacker, Jason Worzbyt, and Keith Young.

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