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Learn about Dr. Carson's book: On the Path to Excellence - The Northshore Concert Band: Paynter, Buehlman, and Beyond
Published by Meredith Music

The original band version of Spoon River by Percy Grainger, edited by Dr. Carson and Mr. Naylor, available from Southern Music.
United States Marine Band recording HERE!

Program notes HERE

Meet the Faculty Events & Concerts A Band for Every Musician Resources & Media History

Coe College Bands

Cedar Rapids, IA

Concert Band is directed by Dr. William S. Carson, Director of Bands

Jazz Band is directed by Steve Shanley

Upcoming Events:

Nov. 1, 2:00 p.m. Concert Band and Jazz Band Fall Concert

In honor of Halloween, the Coe College Concert Band will perform magical music (from the film “ET”) from the pen of John Williams, as well as Eric Whitacre's haunted "Ghost Train." Coe's new flute professor, Shivhan Dohse, will be featured in a piccolo solo newly arranged for the band by Coe's music education professor, Steve Shanley. Rounding out the band portion of the concert will be a performance of a newly-commissioned work (the Iowa premiere) by beloved American composer, David Holsinger. The Jazz Band will perform music by Duke Ellington (featuring Dr. Carson on clarinet), Count Basie, and Cedar Rapids native, Bret Zvacek. This concert event is free and open to the public. __________________________________________________________________ Congratulations to the following Coe College Concert Band members who have been selected for membership in the 2015 Iowa Collegiate Honor Band:

Makayla Kaune, Flute/Piccolo
Becca Vidales, Oboe
Bethany Baker, Clarinet
Laura Gibson, Clarinet
Brianna Sayles, Clarinet
Drew Wood, Bass Clarinet
Jessica Allen, Alto Saxophone
Ethan Hong, Alto Saxophone
Jubiril Awe, Trumpet
Michael Woodruff, Trumpet
Eric Carson, Horn
Theodore Williams, Tuba
Julia Heimer, Percussion

The 21st Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band will be held on Friday, November 20st and Saturday, November 21st. The conductor of the 2015 College Honor Band is Dr. Scott Weiss, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina. The 2:00 performance on Saturday, November 21 will be in the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium attached to the Nevada Community School in Nevada, 1001 15th St. Nevada, IA. The concert is free of charge, and the public is invited. Please come and support your fellow Coe musicians!

Click HERE for today's rehearsal schedule

Music Scholarship Information HERE
(Including Full-Tuition Marshall Scholarship)

Click here to learn about the upcoming
Coe College Music Department
Dec. 29, 2015 - Jan. 6, 2016

Costa RicaCosta Rica
To learn more about our summer 2014 tour to Europe, click here

PragueOld Town Square, Prague (photo by William Carson)

Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Berlin
Poland, Czech Republic, Germany

For information on Dr. Carson's classes, please click HERE
For information on the Coe College Bands, please click HERE.


Fall Concert Poster - Fall Concert Program
Current band members, click HERE for course information
Prospective students, click here for more information about the Coe College Bands
Click here for more information about Music at Coe




Coe College Concert Band involved in Daniel Kallman commissioning project. 
Hear Coe's premiere of the new piece as demo recordings on Kallman's website.

Spoon River, recorded by the United States
                        Marine BandThe original 1933 band version of Spoon River by Percy Grainger, edited by Dr. Carson and Mr. Naylor, now available from Southern Music.
Listen to a recording by the "President's Own" United State Marine Band HERE!
Click here to read Dr. Carson's article about the discovery of the original hand-copied parts.

Cruise Ship

Click HERE for information
about our August 2011 tour to Nashville,

New Orleans, Memphis, and a 7-day cruise
in the Western Caribbean!


Click HERE for Coe College Concert Band and Jazz Band Audio/Video files, YouTube Links


Click here for a slideshow of China tour photos!


Click here to see a picture of the band at the 1949 inauguration of President Harry S. Truman


New Horizons Band of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
hosted by Coe College
Alan Lawrence, conductor


Need to borrow music?

Check out our Band Library http://www.public.coe.edu/~wcarson/SampleProgsUp.gif
our March Size Library http://www.public.coe.edu/~wcarson/JazzSummitUp.gif
our Jazz Band Library See Pictures!
or our Small Ensemble Libraries
Click HERE for information


The bands administered by Dr. Carson include the Coe College Bands:

Coe College Concert Band (see the pic) : Coe College Concert Band in Rehearsal - click here for photos
Coe Gold Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) directed by Steve Shanley
Coe Crimson Jazz Ensemble (Jazz and Improvisation Laboratory)

Coe College/Cedar Rapids Symphony School Senior Honor Band
Coe College/Cedar Rapids Symphony School Junior Honor Band
Coe College/Cedar Rapids Symphony School Elementary Honor Band

As well as the:

Bill Carson Big Band

Other instrumental ensembles at Coe College include:

The Coe College Drumline
The Coe College Orchestra
The Bands annually present several major festivals:

Coe's Professor of Art, Peter Thompson, is known for his paintings of musicians.
See his paintings of members of the Coe College Bands. Peter Thompson's paintings

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 In April 2004, Coe College's instructor of Low Brass, Bill Behrens, was killed in a tragic automobile accident. 

Click here for a Bill Behrens tribute site.

Click here for Information on the Low Brass Day in his memory, January 29, 2006.