One-night only instrumental concert is set at Iowa Central

The bands are ready to start the new season at Iowa Central Community College.

This year’s opening concert will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Decker Auditorium. Admission is free. This will be a little different than other years, said band director Paul Bloomquist. Instead of putting band and choir together, the choirs had their concert a week earlier.

“I need to stress, it’s one-night only,” Bloomquist said.

All instrumental groups will be featured, including concert band, percussion ensemble, brass ensemble and jazz band. For the students, it will provide preparation for the tour program they will perform later in the year, he said.

The concert band selections range from a Karl King March, to a Mozart symphony, to a piece from Disney.

“We’re doing a pretty arrangement of ‘When You Wish Upon a Star,’ from Pinocchio,'” Bloomquist said. “I picked it so they could sound good.”

The final number is Jim Swearingen’s “The Light Eternal,” a concert overture based on the hymn “God of our Fathers.”

“It’s the story of a battleship in World War II, and there were four chaplains, each of a different religion,” he said. “And as the ship was sinking, they gave up their life preservers, they gave up their spot in lifeboats, they were a monumental source of hope for the troops as they were going down.”

The percussion ensemble will present a Tycho drum piece, which is Japanese, Bloomquist said, and a number called “Afro Blue.”

One of the pieces done by the brass ensemble will come from deep within jazz history.

“They’re going to do the Tiger Rag. It was originally written by the original Dixieland jazz band. They’re the first jazz group to make a recording, in 1917,” he said.

Back then, he explained, the style was spelled “Jass.”