Quad City Wind Ensemble presenting world premiere piece

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

For a special observance of the 25th Anniversary of the Quad City Wind Ensemble and the 175th Anniversary of the City of Davenport, IA the Riverboat Development  Authority of Davenport has funded the commissioning of a new piece by Roy Magnuson for wind ensemble which will be performed at the QCWE’s final concert of the season.  It is titled “…to have seen the worst.  …and to expect the best.“, in remembrance of Col. George Davenport.   While the piece is not traditionally festive, it reflects the life and times of Colonel Davenport and living along the Mississippi River.  In spite of the many difficulties Col. Davenport experienced, the ending reflects a quiet hope for the future of the early river settlement that would eventually become the vibrant city of Davenport, Iowa.

Roy David Magnuson (b. 1983) has composed music for concert band, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, vocalists, video games and films.  His works have been performed throughout the United States by high school, university and professional ensembles including Illinois State University, Ithaca College, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and the Air Force Band of Mid-America.  Awards for composition include the Mary Jo Brown Award and Charles Bolen Award from Illinois State University and the Smadbeck Award for composition at Ithaca College.  Roy was selected as the first winner of the Kulmusick competition sponsored by the New Music Ensemble at Ithaca College for his piece Simplicity for mixed chamber ensemble.

In 2004, Roy was chosen to participate in the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project with Mark Camphouse for his piece Harvest Moon: A Celebration for Symphonic Band. The piece was performed in June, 2004 by the Air Force Band of Mid-America.  In 2008 Roy was asked to contribute a chapter to the GIA Publication Composer’s on Composing for Band, Volume IV which is currently available via GIA Publications.

Roy received his B.M. Theory/Composition from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois where he studied with David Feurzeig and his M.M. Composition from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he studied Dana Wilson and Sally Lamb.  He is currently pursuing the D.M. in Composition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Roy is a member of ASCAP.  Roy’s music is recorded by Albany Records.

The composer describes the commissioned piece, “…to have seen the worst.  …and to expect the best.“, in remembrance of Col. George Davenport, as follow:

“As I remember Davenport, IA from my childhood, I remember a harsh and beautiful place, filled with a people that are intrinsically linked to the land.  This music celebrates that simple life, a life filled with hardship, dedication and perseverance.  At times it is dark, celebratory in its own way, unwilling to conform to expectations, preferring to instead cut its own path.  It is a reflection of the people who call this place home, from Col. Davenport and earlier still, an affirmation that a simple, dedicated life, though sometimes filled with pain and sacrifice, brings with it so much love and joy and peace.”

Admission for the concert is $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors (65+), and FREE for all students. There will be a special anniversary reception and an opportunity to meet the QCWE musicians and special guests following the concert.  For additional information please contact Susan E. Hanford, Co-Chairperson and Public Relations, at (309) 507-2971, or visit our website:  HYPERLINK  ""