LATEST NEWS: CEDAR RAPIDS MUNICIPAL BAND PERFORMS WINGSPAN

On Wednesday, June 26, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, conducted by Steve Shanley, will feature horn soloist Andy Harris in a performance of WINGSPAN. The free, outdoor concert begins at 7:30 PM at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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“I’ve worked with Gary for years and can always count on him to bring his A-game to the table! Whether I need his wonderful compositions on my shows, or a study in violin virtuosity, there's only one stop for me: GARY KUO!!!”

Paul Antonelli, Music Supervisor, The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives

“Gary Kuo’s WINGSPAN is such a beautiful soaring addition to the repertoire for horn solo with wind ensemble. The solo part is simple to play, yet rich in fulfilling moments for both performer and audience. I highly recommend programming this piece in one of your upcoming concerts.”

Jeff Nelsen, Canadian Brass Hornist and Professor of Horn, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

“Gary Kuo has composed a truly beautiful solo piece for horn and wind ensemble. There is no doubt in my mind that WINGSPAN will become the most performed piece in its genre due to its soaring melodies and a general fun factor for both performer and audience. Bravo, Gary!”

David Griffin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hornist and Professor of Horn, Roosevelt University

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Elvin Rodriguez, Associate Chair, Department of Music, La Sierra University

“It’s been a privilege working closely with Professor Kuo on his composition FIGHTERS OF FATE. He is a wonderful violinist and composer, the utmost professional, and I’m a better musician today because of him.”

Giovanni Santos, Director of Wind and Percussion Studies, La Sierra University

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Paul Yen, Actor and Writer

“I was very impressed with Gary Kuo’s work on the score. He did a beautiful job, in a timely manner, and I had no notes for his first and only pass.”

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Lanette Lopez Compton, Tulsa Symphony and Professor of Horn, Oklahoma State University

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Mike Harcrow, Professor of Horn, Messiah College, PA

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Wen Ren, Director, An Inconvenient Stay, Cafe Glass