The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is proud to announce the winners of their 2013 Young Artist Competition
Jessen Smith has been selected as the high school division winner. Jessen is a 12th grade trumpet/flugelhorn player at Clear Creek Amana High School. His winning audition on Joaquin Rodrigo's Adagio from Conceierto De Aranjuez will be featured in the bands subscription series concert on April 27th. Along with a featured solo performance with the band, Jessen will receive a $250 music scholarship from the Eastern Iowa Brass Band. More about Jessen: http://eibb.us/5l
Keith Hammer has been selected as the runner-up in the high school division. Keith is an 11th grade percussionist at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. Keith auditioned on Ray Woodfield's arrangement of "Helter-Skelter."
These young musicians demonstrated tremendous maturity and musicality in their audition performances. The dedication and preparation displayed by these musicians is to be commended. One of our judges noted, "Congratulations on getting such talented entrants for your contest!"
Please show your support of these young artists by attending the concert in the Mount Vernon District Auditorium on April 27th at 7:30pm.
Raim to give Recital
Clear Creek Amana senior, Lydia Raim, will be giving a senior recital on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 P.M. The recital will be held in the Clear Creek Amana Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Lydia will be playing her euphonium and singing as part of the recital and will be accompanied by Lynn Conway on piano. The CCA Brass Sextet which includes Jessen Smith, Cooper Horning, Natalie Weih, Kristopher Howell and Alex Bartley will join Raim. She will also play duets with her euphonium instructor, Todd Bransky of Solon and classmate Kristopher Howell of Amana. Sarah Alberts, Jessica Wayson, Jessen Smith and Kristopher Howell and Raim will perform a vocal quintet. Lydia’s father will also sing a duet with her. Lydia has been performing her entire life and aspires to be a music teacher after college. She is a three year All-State musician and winner of Young Artist Competitions with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. The recital is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served following the performance.
Drama & Speech
F.A.M.E. Invites you!
The Fine Arts and Music Enhancers (Fine Arts and Music Enhancers.) group invites all interested parents in the district to join us. F.A.M.E. helps the K-12 students in the district through a fruit, meat and cheese fundraiser, serving at intermissions during musicals and plays, handing out roses to seniors at fine arts events, and assisting at solo contests, among other activities.
With the fundraiser money, we purchase special items requested by teachers in K-12 art and music, industrial arts and drama. The group recently reorganized into subcommittees of Art/Industrial Arts, Drama, Band and Choir/General Music. This way, parents can join F.A.M.E., but focus on the areas in which their children are involved.
Clear Creek Amana students earn All-State
Three Clear Creek Amana students have attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected to participate in the Iowa All-State music festival in Ames on November 15-17. Jessen Smith, the son of John and Crys Smith of Solon, was selected to perform in the 205-piece All-State Orchestra. Kristopher Howell and Lydia Raim were selected to perform in the 264-piece All-State Band. Kristopher is the son of Scott and Shelley Howell of Amana and Lydia is the daughter of David and Michele Raim of North Liberty.
Smith, a senior, is a trumpet student of Al Naylor of Cedar Rapids. Raim, also a senior, studies euphonium with Todd Bransky of Solon. Howell, a senior, is a trombone student of Todd Schendel of Iowa City. The Clear Creek Amana Band program is led by John C. Smith. Only 1.7% of all Iowa high school musicians achieve All-State status.
In addition, Clear Creek Amana sophomore, Cooper Horning, was selected as the first alternate to the All-State Band on trumpet. She is a trumpet student of John C. Smith. Cooper is the daughter of Stephanie Horning and Jeremy and Bethany Horning all of Tiffin.
Clear Creek Amana sent ten instrumental and three vocal entries to district auditions which were held Saturday, October 20 at Fairfield, Storm Lake, Hampton, West Delaware, Harlan and Indianola. The All-State Festival was held on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames with the concert taking place on November 19 at 7:30pm in Hilton Coliseum. The All-State Music Festival was broadcast on IPTV on Thanksgiving Day, and Sunday November 25. This program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association.
F.A.M.E. honored the All-State Musicians on their December 13 band concert held in the Performing Arts Center. F.A.M.E. also promoted its upcoming benefit Black Gowns and Bowties to be held at the high school on January 26 where all of the All-State musicians will be featured in concert.
The following are the Clear Creek Clippers chosen for the WaMaC Honor Band:
Back Row: Lydia Raim, Sarah Alberts, Cooper Horning, Jake Swenka, Jacob Henkle, Alex Bartley, Kris Howell Third Row: Heather Barney, Bryan Kalkhoff, Sam Watts, Trevor Toy, Tessa McRoberts, Jessen Smith, Avery Karkosh Second Row: Jessica Wayson, Amy Kalkhoff, Nicole Hegewald, Miles Lucas, Denton Roberts, Jenna Watts, Lauren Judge, Logan Davis, Grace Chabal First Row: Cyrena Golden-Poole, Shanea Condon, Kayla Gingerich, Lizzie Garvin, Giselle Ray, Ellie Wichhart, Hannah Raim, Megan Lukas (not pictured: Natalie Weih, Sydney Gibbs, Shelby Beadles)
The 2012 WaMaC Conference Honor Band for the West Division was held on November 13, 2012 at Marion High School. The guest conductor for the 9th and 10th grade band was Mr. Kyle Engelhardt from Cedar Falls. In addition to teaching instrumental music, he leads a local jazz quintet and is currently serving at President-elect for the Jazz Educators of Iowa. The guest conductor for the 11th and 12th grade band was Dr. William Carson who is the Director of Bands at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. He is also the Associate Music Director and Associate Band Conductor of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music which travels to Europe every other summer.
Marching Clippers Place 1st at Five Seasons Festival
submitted by David Raim
On Saturday, September 29, the Clear Creek Amana Marching Clippers took their show
on the road again. The trip started in the morning, when the band took its semi-annual
trek to Amana to march in the Octoberfest parade. Both the high school and junior high
bands had entries in the parade and once again they were both crowd pleasers. It was a
beautiful day for a parade.
After the parade the Marching Clippers headed north to Cedar Rapids for the 29th Annual
Five Seasons Invitational Marching Band Festival at Kingston Stadium. At 7:45pm,
the Clippers took their performance to a new level. This was the largest festival CCA
competes in with twelve schools in the 3A division. The Marching Clippers played their
show Reflections of New York in a way that would even make the “city that doesn’t
sleep” stop and take notice. The band received its best score of the season with 81.95
points, which was good enough for 1st place in the 3A division. This is the best score
the CCA marching band has received since they began competing 4 years ago. Clear
Creek Amana also won Best Winds and Best Color Guard in the 3A division. Here are
the results in the 3A division: 1. Clear Creek Amana 81.95, 2. Benton Community 74.55,
3. Vinton Shellsburg 73.6, 4. Crestwood 72.4, 5. Solon 70, 6. Marion 67.55, 7. (tie)
Williamsburg and West Delaware 66.6, 9. Center Point-Urbana 62.1, 10. Central Dewitt
60.45 11. South Tama 59.6 12. Anamosa 57.7.
The band performed at State Competition on October 6 and received a Division I rating.
They will conclude their season with a celebration family potluck on Sunday, October 21.
The Marching Clipper Marching band is under the direction of John C. Smith with Crys
Smith as the Color Guard Instructor.
Marching Clippers Take New York to Marion
submitted by David Raim
On Saturday, September 22, the Clear Creek Amana Marching Clippers opened their competitive season with two competitions in Marion, Iowa. The day began at the Linn-Mar Marching Band Festival at the Armstrong Field. The Marching Clippers took the field at 11:00 am with a good performance of their show “Reflections of New York”. The band placed 3rd out of eight bands competing in the 3A division with a score of 76. Following are the results in the 3A competition: 1. Independence, 2. Norwalk, 3. Clear Creek Amana 4. Mt. Pleasant, 5. Keokuk, 6. Solon, 7. Davis County, 8. Maquoketa.
Next, the band traveled a few blocks to Marion Stadium the home field of Marion High School and the Marion Marching Invitational. The Marching Clippers took the field at 6:35pm with songs arranged by Steve Shanley and entitled: “On the Town-New York, New York”, “Saturday in the Park”, “New York State of Mind”, and “On Broadway”. The judges rewarded the band with an overall score of 75.7 which earned them 1st place in the 3A division for the third straight year. In addition the Clippers gathered some caption awards. Clipper Field Commanders, Jessen Smith, Natalie Weih, and Kayla Gingerich earned the Best Drum Major award in 3A. Also, the band earned Best Horn Line and the Color Guard was awarded Best Color Guard in the 3A Division. In addition, overall caption awards went to the Clippers for Drum Major. Following are the results in the 3A competition: 1st Place-Clear Creek-Amana-75.7, 2nd Place-Davis County-72.8, 3rd Place-Ft. Madison-71.4, 4th Place- Maquoketa-67.5, 5th Place-Central Community-61.6, 6th Place-Amamosa-59.1.
The Clipper Marching Band is under the direction of John C. Smith and Color Guard director Crys Smith.
Did you know?
F.A.M.E. has been in existence since 1989 and during that time we have spent over $110,000 supporting the arts in the Clear Creek Amana School District. Some of the items that we have provided to Speech & Drama, 6-12 are supplies, medals, muslin for backdrops, lights for the auditorium, microphone cables for the auditorium, New York benefit tickets, permanent dressing rooms for the auditorium, set for Oklahoma, set materials, speech awards, stage extension, royalties, scripts, t-shirts, and supported hosting of regional speech contest.
F.A.M.E. (Fine Arts
and Music Enhancers):It is the goal of F.A.M.E. to provide enhancement
to the arts that are offered in the Clear Creek Amana School District so
that the students of Clear Creek Amana develop a lifelong appreciation
of the arts. We support and encourage comprehensive enrichment for the
students and staff in the arts district-wide. Our goal is to use our resources--time
and money--to provide enhancement for the most students possible. We define
the arts as including, but not limited to the following: art, k-12; vocal
music, k-12; instrumental music, 5-12; technical arts, 6-12; drama and
FAME MEETING SCHEDULE & MINUTES
March 19 (Spring Break)
April 9 (early to plan for Night of Jazz)
May 7 (early to plan for Monster Band and other yearend concerts)