And the bands played on


Cyclone Marching Band. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

If you're looking for a fun (and loud) event to cap off your weekend, check out the music department's annual Band Extravaganza on Sunday, Nov. 15 (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium).

More than 400 student-musicians in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I and Cyclone Marching Band will give separate performances in one evening, showcasing their musical prowess.

The evening begins with the Wind Ensemble, directed by professor and chair of music Michael Golemo. The 60-member band will perform selections from Star Wars. The smaller, 21-member Jazz Ensemble I, directed by associate professor of music Jim Bovinette, will take the stage next, turning back time with its performance of big band tunes.

Following an intermission, the 300-plus-member Cyclone Marching Band, directed by music lecturer Steve Smyth, will dwarf the Stephens stage as it plays traditional school songs and selections from this football season's halftime shows. The drum line, flags and baton twirlers also will join the band. This is the marching band's last public performance of the year.

"The audience will be blown away by the excellence of the ISU bands," Golemo said. "They will be filled with cardinal-and-gold excitement from hearing the marching band, and they will be amazed at the musicianship and artistry of the Wind Ensemble. They also will enjoy the quality and variety provided by Jazz Ensemble I."

Tickets are $10 for adults ($5 for students), and available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster