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Internationally renowned Hornheads to perform with Pleasant Valley High School Jazz Bands PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Anderson   
Monday, 22 October 2012 14:12

Bettendorf - The Pleasant Valley High School Band program is excited to have the internationally renowned Hornheads join them as guest artists on their November 12th Jazz Band Showcase concert. The Pleasant Valley Junior High Jazz Band and three Pleasant Valley High School Jazz Bands will open the concert at 6:45pm in the Pleasant Valley High School Auditorium. The Hornheads will go on stage following the Pleasant Valley jazz bands. Admission will be $10 for adults; $5 for students and Century Club members.

The Hornheads, an extraordinarily talented group of horn players, has been gathering international acclaim from artists and critics alike, since 1991. On tour with Prince and the New Power Generation from 1991-1994, the Hornheads performed for over 2 million concert goers in twenty countries. Q Magazine, London, described them as “a peerless horn section...playing in bare brilliant syncopation, punching with a staccato precision beyond the grasp of science or Synclavier.”

Performing on over sixty CD projects, the Hornheads have recorded with national and international artists such as Prince, Chaka Kahn, The Jonas Brothers, Mavis Staples, Phil Upchurch, Ricky Peterson, Jimmy Jam, Mandy Moore, Pedro Abrunhosa, Yumi Matsutoya, Babyface, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas, France Gal, Tevin Campbell, Rosie Gaines, Larry Graham, Sétimo Céu, Carmen Electra, Gegé Telesforo, and Ben Jor.

Individually, as top call session and show players, the Hornheads have performed and/or recorded with artists such as Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Louie Bellson, Ray Charles, Clark Terry, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Doc Severinsen, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Donny Osmond, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bolton, Trisha Yearwood, Lenny Kravitz, The Time, and many others.

As a solo ensemble performing at jazz festivals, arts series, universities, and high schools, this a cappella group brings their distinctive flair to jazz and funk music, combining virtuosic improvisation with sizzling ensemble work to create a truly unique music experience. They delight audiences with their artistry, versatility, musicality, and precision, covering American masters from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk, to Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Stevie Wonder, while completing their repertoire with dynamic Hornheads’ originals.


Silicon Valley Vet Takes Readers on Corporate Ride in ‘P.I.G. Mantras’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:29

Silicon Valley veteran Romina Wilcox ( has published her third novel set in the cyber-corporate world, this time telling a tale that will make readers both laugh and sympathize.

“The P.I.G. Mantras” is the story of Maite Burns, a 20-year-old who needs to get a job to support her husband. (She doesn’t mind; he’s the love of her life, and she will do anything to protect her marriage.) She sets her sights on Silicon Valley. Determined to prove that she can become a respected career woman without traditional qualifications, she drops out of junior college and jumps head-first into the highly educated, highly motivated workplace of Silicon Valley.

Maite is hired as a temporary administrative assistant and works her way up through the ranks as she tackles a series of challenges – anxiety, self-doubt and the persistent fear of failure.

“She draws her inspiration from the women she admires – powerful, successful women, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan to Oprah Winfrey and Vera Wang,” Wilcox says. “Specifically, she looks to their words for strength as she deals with the vagaries of five quirky, demanding bosses and their staffs.

“The P.I.G. Mantras” is Wilcox’s first foray into “chick” literature – a departure from her previous cyber thrillers.

But -- “it speaks to anyone – man or woman – trying to reinvent themselves in this difficult job market,” writes Amazon reviewer Dana Micheli. “Who among us has not been tortured by a nasty, narcissistic or neurotic boss (or all of the above)? The best part is that we get to laugh as we learn the lessons.”

Adds reviewer Carole Cox:

“(The book) gave me the chance to come to terms with my own insecurities and maturation as an employee. We are not alone in our fear of failure, our need to provide for our family and our hope to become a valuable employee.”

About Romina Wilcox

Romina Wilcox has worked for giant semiconductor companies supporting top Silicon Valley executives for 15 years. She has a liberal arts degree, a certificate in computer programming and has had computer forensic training from Southeast CyberCrime Institute. Her first cyber-thriller, “Cold Eyes” – an intrigue of murder, cybertheft and love – received honorable mention at the 2007 New York Book Festival. Wilcox lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with her husband and their three children.

River City Radio Hour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Radio City Music Hour   
Friday, 19 October 2012 07:33
It’s that time again

3rd Year of The

River City Radio Hour


Joshua Forbes, TenorSax/Flute

Jon Moss, Bass

Corey Kendrick, Piano

Glorie Iaccarino, MC/Oral Essay

October 19, 2012

1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline, IL

Social Hour @ 5:30p.m.

Dinner @ 6:30p.m. • Show @ 7:30p.m.

The Moline Commercial Clubs’ Chef Linda will be serving a magnificent dinner

prior to the show, by reservation only. Please call 309-762-8547 to make reservation.

Elevator is at the16th Street entrance.

Tickets for Dinner & Show: $25.00/person

Tickets for the show: $5.00/person

*This event is open to the public and the audience can attend the show without dinner.

Priority seating is given to guests who make dinner reservations.

The 27th season of the Quad City Wind Ensemble kicks off Sunday, October 21st, 2012 at 3:00pm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tyne Rieck   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 08:05

The 27th season of the Quad City Wind Ensemble kicks off Sunday, October 21st at 3:00pm. The theme of the concert is "Reflections," music that features nature and the seasons, and will feature principal saxophonist Dane Marolf.

Mr. Marolf will perform "Fantasia for Alto Saxophone" by Claude T. Smith accompanied by the wind ensemble. Conducted by Brian L. Hughes, the QCWE will also perform a variety of pieces from the concert band and wind ensemble repertoire, including works by Brian Balmages, Nancy Galbraith, Andrew Boysen, and Alfred Reed. The concert will immediately be followed by a reception with free refreshments and homemade treats.

Admission in $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE for all students through 12th grade. Season tickets will also be available at the door for $32. See attached poster for details. We hope you can join us at the Galvin Fine Arts Center on the campus of St. Ambrose
for this special event!

For additional information, please visit, or

Holiday Pops on sale now! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:54

Holiday Pops featuring Mark Wood quickly approaching

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Quad City Arts kick off the holiday season on November 17 with an extravaganza featuring electric violinist Mark Wood, Quad City Arts Visiting Artist and founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Conductor Michael Gagliardo leads a cast of local talent like never before assembled, including the Quad City Symphony Orchestra; the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport; the Holiday Pops Children's Chorus; and for the first time ever, the Holiday Pops Youth Ochestra. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the i wireless Center with the holiday favorites you've come to expect, mixed with many of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's greatest hits.

Tickets are currently on sale at the i wireless Center box office, by phone at 800.745.3000, or online at One dollar from every ticket will benefit the Genesis Music Therapy Programs.

Holiday Pops is sponsored by John Deere.

Masterworks 2

Mozart & Beethoven

Saturday, November 3

7:30 p.m.

Adler Theatre


Get tickets here


Masterworks 2

Mozart & Beethoven

Sunday, November 4

2 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Augustana College

Rock Island

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Holiday Pops

featuring Mark Wood

Saturday, November 17

7:30 p.m.

i wireless Center


Get tickets here

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