Symphonic Band to tour in Iowa

Northwestern College’s Symphonic Band will perform four concerts in western and central Iowa April 3–6. The ensemble will perform at churches and a school in Alta, Ankeny, Johnston and Latimer.

The concerts will open with Festivo by Edward Gregson. The band will also perform Introduction, Theme and Variations by Gioachino Rossini, which will feature clarinetist Sarah Shively, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The concerts include performances of Rag, the fifth movement from Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett; English Dances by Sir Malcolm Arnold; and Commando March by Samuel Barker.

Audiences will also hear And Can it Be? written by David Gillingham after the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999, and Yosemite Autumn, written by acclaimed composer Mark Camphouse after a family vacation to Yosemite National Park.

Northwestern’s Symphonic Band, which includes 53 instrumentalists, has performed across the U.S. and in Mexico in 2007. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Timothy McGarvey, a professor of music who has been on Northwestern's faculty since 1989.