The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will perform Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., at Clear Creek Amana High School, as part of its Midwest tour.

Clear Creek Amana graduates Mary O’Connell and Chad Keitel play euphonium and trumpet, respectively, in the Wind Ensemble. The Clear Creek Amana High School Band also will be featured during the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with an ID. They can be purchased at or at the door.

The 54-member Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Hancock, will perform a range of works, including “Scootin’ on Hardrock” by David Holsinger, “October” by Eric Whitacre, “Southern Hymn” by Samuel Hazo and “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” from “The Legend of Tsar Sultan.” “We’ll be playing a wide variety of music, to include both American and European marches, some hymn tunes, some hard things and some fun, toe-tapping stuff that will make you want to clap your hands,” Hancock said.

The tour will take the ensemble through Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. 

Founded in 1898, the Wartburg College Concert Bands program comprises two ensembles: the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band. Placement is determined by a yearly audition. Both groups represent students of all class standings and nearly all academic majors. The bands present joint and individual concerts throughout the year. The Wind Ensemble tours each spring and schedules an international tour every third year during Wartburg’s one-month May Term. The 2016 monthlong tour was to Central Europe; and in 2013, the ensemble traveled to China and Japan. The next tour, in 2019, will be the band’s third trip to Japan.

For more information, contact Emily Christensen, Wartburg College Marketing & Communication Office, at 3190352-8347 or

The mission of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District is to prepare students to be productive, responsible, community members by providing an environment that inspires quality life-long learning.