The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will perform at the Roland-Story High School Band Concert and Art Show on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble is an auditioned 53-member group of the college’s finest wind and percussion players. Its all-undergraduate members are freshmen through seniors and represent nearly every major on campus. The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will be performing pre-tour concerts at Charles City High School, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School (Dubuque), Western Dubuque High School, Roland-Story High School, Humboldt High School, and St John Lutheran Church (Owatonna, Minnesota). Then the ensemble will be performing their international tour in Japan.


Director of the Wind Ensemble is Dr. Craig A. Hancock, who is in his 24th year as director of bands at Wartburg College. Hancock earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and trombone performance from Simpson College, graduating magna cum laude. He earned a Master of Arts degree in trombone performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in band conducting at the University of Iowa. Under his direction, the Wartburg College Wind Ensemble has traveled the globe, from Carnegie Hall to London, Munich, Prague, Tokyo, Beijing and many points in between. The group made its first tour to Japan in 2007, returned to China and Japan in 2013, and is returning to Japan this spring.


The program will be selected from the following: “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Kimigayo,” “Slave!,” “Festal Ballade For Band,” “Concerto For Clarinet and Wind Ensemble,” “Clarinet Candy,” “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing,” “Third Symphony, Op. 89, Movement III,” “Sleep,” “Fantasie And Variations” (Carnival Of Venice), “Semper Fidelis March” and “Stars And Stripes Forever.”


Featured perform for “Concerto For Clarinet And Wind Ensemble” will be Dr. Eric Wachmann, a professor of music at Wartburg College and the principal clarinet with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Wachmann earned a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University Of Ottawa; a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.