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Iowa Brass
May 7, 2023

*Fantasy of Joy, Fredrick Schjelderup

*Brilliante, Peter Graham
Todd Bransky and David Lang, Euphonium duet


*March - Grunder Stine, Marcus Venables
Dedicated to Don and Judy Stine


Concerto for Trumpet and Piano, Alexander Arutunian
Evan Whalstrom, Trumpet

The Magnificent Seven, Elmar Bernstein, arr. Alan Fernie 


** Intermission **

Melody Shop, Karl King, arr. Peter Smalley


Centennial Horizon, Kevin McKee
Emma Cryer, Trumpet

I. Aspenglow
II. Roaring Gunnison


West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein, arr.

*O Magnum Mysterium, Morten Lauridsen, arr. Phillip Littlemore


*Variations on 'Laudate Dominum', Edward Gregson

* = Performing at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference

Iowa Brass Personnel

Music Director

Alexander Beamer

Eb Soprano Cornet

Matt Hartmann


Paul Waech

Evan Fowler

Jeff Fountain

Steve Stickney

Lee Stickney

Brian Redington

Beth Villhauer

Karla Beckman

Steve Kenny

Dennis Pedde


Dan Davies

Tenor Horn
Peter Laird
Reid Barlow
Cliff Somers
Ray Colony
Bob Upmeyer

Kolbe Schnoebelen 
Ross Thedens
Paul McNally
Lee Tippe 
Paul Upmeyer
Roger Hileman

Ryan Hesseltine
Joseph Horne


Todd Bransky

David Lang

Eb Tuba

Chris Bird

John Reyna

Bb Tuba

Bob Driggs

Steve Schomberg


Jenn Boyens

Spencer Kruse

Dave Parsons

Taylor Wells


Becky Bunting


Iowa Brass was founded in 1986 and is the Iowa's only British style brass band. The brass and percussion members perform from a repertoire that features original works for brass band as well as arrangements of popular, jazz, orchestral and wind band music. Iowa Brass evolved from a brass ensemble that was part of the Mt. Vernon city band directed by Don Stine and was formerly known as Eastern Iowa Brass Band.


You can help support Iowa Brass by becoming a Sponsor for an entire season! When you become a Sponsor, you help the band: Purchase music, percussion, and specialized brass instruments, maintain a professional conductor, and support transportation to contests and performances.


What are the sponsorship options?

  • Chair/Musician Sponsor: $100

  • Conductor Sponsor: $150

  • Maestro Level Sponsor: $350

In addition to your name being listed in each Iowa Brass concert program under the name of the chair/musician you choose to sponsor, benefits include:

  • Chair/Musician sponsors have the opportunity to announce a piece from the stage.

  • Conductor sponsors will work with our conductor to select a piece for us to perform.

  • Maestro Level sponsors will be able to conduct the band at one of our performances!

Since we are a non-profit organization, your contribution is tax-deductible.

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2023 Young Artist Competition

Emma Cryer - Trumpet 
University of Iowa

A graduate of Cedar Falls High School, Emma performed in the Iowa All-State Music Festival all four years of high school and was a featured soloist during her junior year. She also played in the Iowa High School All-State Jazz Band in 2018. During junior high and high school, Emma studied trumpet with Dwayne Johnson, Laura Englehardt, Kyle Englehardt, Gerald Ramsey, and Dr. Randy Grabowski.

As a college student, Emma has studied with Michael Gause and Amy Schendel. She has been a member of the following ensembles: Johnson County Landmark Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Brass Quintet, Pit Orchestra, and the Hawkeye Marching Band. Her collegiate accolades include attending NTC 2021, ITG 2023, and the Raphael Méndez Brass Institute.

Emma has been a member of the Iowa Women's Jazz Orchestra since 2021, and performs with multiple gigging groups, including the Blake Shaw Big(ish) Band. Her plans for the future include attending graduate school majoring in Trumpet Performance with the hopes of continuing to perform on a professional level and to become a university professor.

2023 Young Artist Competition
Evan Wahlstrom - Trumpet 

Evan Wahlstrom is a senior at Marion High School in Marion, Iowa. His high school band director is Logan Vanderweil. He studies trumpet with Denny Hodge. 

Evan was a member of the following All-State ensembles:
All state Band 2021 trumpet 1
All state Orchestra 2022 trumpet 1
Jazz all state alternate 2021
Jazz all state trumpet 2022
Jazz all state trumpet 2023
Outstanding performance award IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival  2022

Evan wants to continue his musical journey whether it be teaching, performance, or both! Evan plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa for music education.


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