IWCO April Poster
IWCO to Perform Concert Featuring Alumna and Member of The United States Marine Band 

April 6, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra (IWCO) will perform its final concert of the academic school year on Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (600 N. East St., Bloomington).

General admission is $10, with a $5 discount for senior citizens and IWU alumni, and $2 for high school and college students with a valid ID. Children in eighth grade or younger are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased through the BCPA Box Office, which may be reached at (309) 434-2777.

Conducted by Illinois Wesleyan Professor of Music Steven Eggleston, the orchestra will perform Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz, Symphony No. 1 in D Major by Gustav Mahler and Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutunian, featuring guest soloist Staff Sergeant Amy V. McCabe on trumpet.

McCabe earned her bachelor’s degree in music and elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan in 2001. In 2006, she graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in trumpet performance.

In July of that same year, McCabe joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Prior to joining The Marine Band, she was a featured soloist in the Tony and Emmy-Award winning show Blast! McCabe was also a member of MusiCorps, a music education and advocacy program designed to promote music awareness, appreciation and training in the Chicago Public Schools.

McCabe has worked with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Charleston, S.C., and the Walt Disney World All-Star Collegiate Jazz Band and Christmas Brass in Orlando, Fla. Currently, she performs with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra and the Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House in the Washington, D.C. area and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour. 

The IWCO was created in 1984 by Eggleston and is now in its 25th season.  Comprised of students from all disciplines, the orchestra has performed with many highly acclaimed soloists, including virtuoso string bassist Edgar Meyer, Grammy Award-winning soprano and IWU alumna Dawn Upshaw, and baritone Roger Roloff of the Chicago Lyric Opera. In addition to hosting such esteemed performers, the IWCO boasts many respected performance opportunities, such as appearing on CBS’s Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt and frequently touring throughout the United States.

For additional information, contact the IWCO office at (309) 556-3346 or e-mail

Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181