Longtime Webster City Middle School band director Richard Goettsch passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016. He was 81. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Foster Funeral and Cremation Center in Webster City. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Webster City.
Here is the link to the online obituary.
Dear IBA members,
As published in the Summer Magazine, the IBA is undertaking a process of reflection and study on its mission this year - and your help is essential in the success of this project. The richest outcome will result from all members contributing to the process along the way. In the opening phase, the IBA asks all members to offer insights to a few questions on the form linked below. For a full explanation of the process, please read the “President Elect’s Thoughts” in the Summer Magazine recently published and attached here
Members are welcome to visit - and revisit - this form as often as desired through August 21, 2016.
Your thoughtful contributions are appreciated and the resulting knowledgeable will be made available later this fall.
Myron Peterson, IBA President-elect
In honor of more than 50 years of outstanding service as a conductor and music educator, the Iowa High School Music Association has selected Weston Noble, Luther College class of 1943 and professor emeritus of music, to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Noble was presented with the award at the All-State Music Festival Concert, the final event of the 2015 All-State Music Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is also awarded on behalf of the the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Music Educators Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association and the Iowa String Teachers Association.
Noble served as conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir from 1948-2005 and the Luther College Concert Band from 1948-1973. In addition to his 57-year tenure as a conductor and music educator at Luther, he has served as guest director for more than 900 all-state bands, orchestras, choirs and festivals across four continents. In recent years, he has conducted the Pacific Summer Music Festival of Guam, the Korea National Choir in Seoul, and the International Schools Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Noble's accomplishments in the fields of conducting and music education have been honored around the world. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Augustana University, St. Olaf College, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Carthage College and Wartburg College.
Noble was awarded the St. Olav's Medal by King Harald V of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian-American relations and was the first recipient of the Weston H. Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Choral Art from the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.
By now you probably have seen or heard about the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the defunding of all non-base related performances by our fine military bands. This has been all over Facebook and Twitter during the past weekend.
Amendment 48 to H.R. 5293, the 2017 Defense Appropriations Act, was passed by voice vote on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate. This amendment would severely curtail the missions of every military musical unit, effectively eliminating concerts, parades, and any other event not directly in support of a military ceremony on a military base. This would include performances at universities and conferences such as the Midwest Clinic, ABA, CBDNA and IBA.
Sign petition here