ISU Symphonic Band, Concert Band perform at Ames City Auditorium

Haley Brase

The Iowa State University Symphonic Band and Concert Band performed Oct. 12 at the Ames City Auditorium.

Conducted by Christian Carichner, the Concert Band, about twice the size of the Symphonic Band, incorporated perfect dynamics throughout each piece.

“[I] had a real blast working with these students,” Carichner said.

It is understandable since their looks of determination represented how committed they have been. The rhythm of the players’ tapping feet matched their their hearts’ love for music.

Jeffrey Gustafson, trumpet player, was a soloist for the Concert Band. His eyes glided across the notes and created a smooth rapport with his trumpet.

The crowd’s favorite piece, “Symphonic Dance No. 3 Fiesta,” was obviously loved by the audience, as one could tell by the chuckles, smiles and heads nodding to the beat. Every player’s fingers seemed to dance across their instruments.

Maracas started off the composition, which was a surprise to the crowd. The maraca performers’ facial expressions created a fun atmosphere to match the lively environment.

“They are just outstanding,” said Steven Smyth, conductor of the Symphonic Band, about the Concert Band.

The Symphonic Band generated a powerfully happy setting for each of its pieces. The players seemed to mirror the emotions of each song by gently swaying to harmonic flute sections and listening when the tubas thundered with deep notes.

In the first two pieces by the Symphonic Band, “Hayabusa” and “First Suite in Eb for Military Band,” the clarinets did a brilliant job of creating a unison trill.

“We played the best I’ve ever heard,” said Hannah Eybers, a French horn player. She was a soloist during “First Suite in Eb for Military Band,” which was also her favorite tune.

“[It’s a] fun piece to play,” Eybers said. “[I] really liked how everything came together.”

Other students are involved in music affiliated programs.

“Over 600 people are involved in our bands,” Smyth said. “Music is really, really thriving here at Iowa State.”

The Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults at the door.