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The Richmond Symphonic Winds

MISSION

The mission of the Richmond Symphonic Winds is to provide the best symphonic band music for the Richmond, Virginia area. Formed in 1994, the organization is comprised of professional musicians, orchestral performers, music teachers, university professors, and other dedicated band musicians from all walks of life.

LITERATURE

Conducted by Mrs. Iris Schwartz, this approximately forty-piece organization has performed music by Leroy Anderson, Robert Russell Bennett, Vittorio Giannini, Percy Grainger, Paul Hindemith, Gustav Holst, James Hosay, Alfred Reed, Ottorino Respighi, William Schumann, Claude T. Smith, John Philip Sousa, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Richard Wagner. The organization is also known for performances and premieres of many new pieces by Virginia composers including Steve Barton, Leigh Baxter, David Bobrowitz, Mark Camphouse, Joseph Lyman, Richard Schwartz, and Emory Waters.

ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR

Iris Schwartz was born in St. Louis, Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Webster University in St. Louis. A multi-talented musician, she has performed flute and piccolo for over forty years with many organizations including the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Philharmonic, Gateway Festival Orchestra, Webster University Orchestra, Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Virginia State University Concert Band and Orchestra, and Die Dorfmusikanten German Band. She also performs soprano recorder with A Company of Waites Renaissance Wind Band, and percussion with the Appomattox Brass Band.

Iris was Conductor of the Richard Bland College Community Wind Ensemble for over 36 years, and continues as the Conductor of the Concert Ballet of Virginia Orchestra. Iris created the Instrumental Music Program in the Petersburg Catholic Schools and has taught there for over thirty-six years, recently receiving Teacher of the Year Award from that institution. Iris was also Adjunct Professor of Flute at Virginia State University and one of the founding members of The Richmond Symphonic Winds. Iris is presently the Conductor of the Tri-Cities Community Band, and Vice-President of the Petersburg Area Art League. Iris remains active as a researcher of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and is co-author with her husband, Richard, of Bands at the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904: Information, Photographs, and Database. (see Internet link below)

CONTACTS

Mrs. Iris Schwartz, Conductor, can be contacted at irisrick@aol.com

Dr. Richard Schwartz, Concert Master and Principal Clarinet, at irisrick@aol.com

Membership Information and Personnel Questions can be answered at irisrick@aol.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This year we are celebrating our Twenty-second Anniversary. We would like to thank Myrne McGonigle for her constant support of the organization and her future assistance in making this group the excellent ensemble that it is. THANK YOU MYRNE!

CONDUCTOR'S COMMENTS

Thank you all for making this year an exciting and rewarding one. With your dedication and support our band has indeed become the finest in the State of Virginia. I would also like to thank James Neiner of Swift Creek Middle School for his constant support and hospitality by coordinating the use of a brand new rehearsal hall and concert stage for our band.

PERSONNEL LIST:

Piccolo: Nancy Rubin

Flutes: Michelle Matts, Tim Arnette, Tom Smith, Robin Tillar

Oboes: Aronne Brooks, Lisa Bilski

Bb Clarinets: Richard Schwartz, Marc Krauss, Harvey Schenkein, Geri Ports, Maura Matthews, Michael Holmes, Jamie Cline, Ben Grondahl, Robin Simoni

Bass Clarinet: Doug Hurt

Bassoon: Myrne McGonigle, Scott Schenkein

Alto Saxophones: Daniel Edwards, James Brooks

Tenor Saxophone: James Featherstone

Baritone Saxophone: Mike McPhillips

Trumpets/Cornets: Brenner Pugh, Matt Bruins, Celeste Walker, Dave Ganzert, Stan Goldman

Horns: Emory Waters, Amanda Burton, Beth Miksovic, Gretchen Georgas

Trombones: Alex Theofanos, Martha Purvis, Bob Ellithorpe

Euphonium: Mark La Fratta

Tubas: David Townsend, David Simmons

Percussion: Ron Holmstrand, Phillip Saunders, Lenny Ports

Tympani: Steve Raybould

LINKS ON THE WEB

The Cornet Compendium
The History and Development of the Nineteeth-Century Cornet

Vintage Cornets
A Website dedicated to photographs and restoration of historical cornets

Historic Brass Society
Internationally recognized scholarly society for brass enthusiasts

Bands at the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904: Information, Photographs, and Database
This 457 page book deals with the history of the bands at the St. Louis World's Fair. It includes information about the bands, historical entries for over twenty of them including Sousa, Innes, Conterno, Government Indian Band, and the Kilties, over fifty photographs (some very rare and in color) of the bands and conductors. The highlight of the work is a 315 page printed list (over 12,000 entries) of all compositions played by the bands at the event.

For any questions about the Richmond Symphonic Winds, please email the Webmaster at: irisrick@aol.com