Nibaur and Russell, both juniors, were nominated for this honor by Mount Mercy's Coordinator of Campus Music Gerald Kreitzer, D.M.A., who serves as director of Mount Mercy's newly launched band. This is the first time that Mount Mercy has been represented in this Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. The conductor this year for the performance was Professor Emerita of Music from the University of Texas Paula Crider.
"Our students were able to be part of a large, select ensemble of players from throughout the state, and were able to work with a nationally known conductor," says Kreitzer. "As a director, it is very rewarding to see the combined efforts of music departments and musicians from Iowa create a musical experience that may not be possible at each individual institution."
The newly launched Mount Mercy University Band is directed by Coordinator of Campus Music Dr. Gerald Kreitzer. They perform during Mustang athletic events, concerts – including the traditional favorite Lessons & Carols – as well as other ceremonies, and have contributed their talents to other special performances. The band includes flutes, clarinets, saxophones, baritone, trombone, trumpets, French horn, tuba, percussion, and make up a wide variety of skill sets and musical talents. The band is open to anyone in the Mount Mercy University community to join: students, faculty and alumni.