The Keystone Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jack Stamp of the IUP Department of Music, was featured in a performance on Thursday, May 28, 2009, as part of the thirty-fourth annual conference of the International Trumpet Guild, held at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, Pa.
The conference was cohosted by Dr. William Stowman, chairman of the Music Department at Messiah College and an IUP alumnus (B.S.Ed., 1985). Dr. Stowman is also a member of the trumpet section of the Keystone Wind Ensemble.
The program in Harrisburg featured numerous guest artists with the KWE, beginning with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets. The Heralds joined the KWE in a performance of Morton Gould’s “American Salute.” The ensembles were conducted by Captain David Paroby, director of the Heralds and a native of Warminster, Pa.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Herald Trumpets. Lt. Col. (ret.) Gilbert Mitchell, who currently resides in Camp Hill, Pa., cofounded the Herald Trumpets and also directed the KWE during this concert.
Three solo trumpeters were featured with the Keystone Winds: Richard Stoelzel, former solo cornetist with the U.S. Coast Guard Band and professor of Trumpet at Grand Valley State University (Mich.); Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Stoelzel performed “Concerto for Piano and Trumpet” by Erik Morales. Hooten performed Joseph Turrin’s “Chronicles,” and Martin played David Gillingham’s “When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone.” All three composers were in the audience for the concert.
The Keystone Wind Ensemble is based at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and led by IUP Director of Bands and IUP alumnus Dr. Jack Stamp (B.S.Ed., 1976). The fifty members of the ensemble include IUP music faculty, alumni, and students currently enrolled at IUP. The KWE was formed in 1992 “for the express purpose of recording new and more traditional works from the concert band repertoire” and has released approximately twenty compact discs of music for concert band. Over the years, the KWE has also performed at several regional, national, and international conferences.
The International Trumpet Guild “was founded in 1974 to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet.” Its six thousand members represent sixty-four countries and include professional and amateur performers, teachers, students, manufacturers, publishers, and others interested in belonging to an organization dedicated to the trumpet profession. The vice president/president elect of ITG is Dr. Kevin Eisensmith, professor of Trumpet at IUP and an alumnus (B.S.Ed., 1978). He is also a member of the trumpet section of the Keystone Wind Ensemble.