The Prairie Winds Ensemble

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Concert

The Prairie Wind Ensemble, in residence at Illinois Central College, will present their third concert of the season on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.  This concert will be presented in the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center in East Peoria, Illinois.

This concert will be the “inaugural” concert under the baton of their new conductor, Jim Tallman.

Music for this concert will include: Fanfare and Call to the Post by Richard Saucedo, Alfred Reed”s Punchinello, Lord Tullamore written by Carl Whittrock, the ever favorite Raider’s March by John Williams and Amazing Grace arranged by Jay Dawson.   There will also be a salute to our men and women in uniform.

Jim Tallman is in his 24th year at Washington Community High School where he is Director of Bands, Department Chair for Fine Arts and a Speech Communication teacher.  He has Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from Bradley University, a Masters in Music degree from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.  He is a member of Phi Beta Mu and has received a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year award.    Jim has served on the IHSA Music Advisory Committee, was a state NBA representative and has guest conducted at ISYM, honor bands from several high school conferences as well as ILMEA District Jazz Ensembles. He performs with the Prairie Wind Ensemble. His wife, Jennifer, is a Title 1 teacher for John L. Hensey Grade School in Washington.

The PWE has a rich history owed to its founder, Conductor Emeritus Dr. Donald Lewellen, who created the ensemble in 1977.  The ensemble membership represents many professional backgrounds. Approximately 70% of members are current or retired professional music educators. The remaining 30% represent a diverse set of occupations including recording technician, nurse, educator, anesthesiologist, information technologist, electronics technician, engineer, attorney, homemaker, electrician, retail manager, and project manager.  Members are from Knoxville, Canton, Macomb, Bloomington, Normal, Peoria Heights, Washington, North Pekin, Marquette Heights, Avon, Morton, Cuba, Galesburg, Chillicothe, Dunlap, Glasford, Mapleton, Bartonville, Metamora, Germantown Hills, Marseilles, Farmington, Elmwood as well as Peoria, East Peoria and Morton.

Tickets are $8 for adults/$6 for senior and students.  Group rates are available.  Tickets can be purchased by telephone at 309-694-5136 or in person at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at Illinois Central College Main Campus: $8 for general public, $6 for students and senior citizens.  Tickets are available for purchase online .  Further information, pictures, contacts and updates for the ensemble can be found on the website: , Chairman of the PWE Board: Katrina Fitzpatrick,, or Elizabeth Lehnhausen Driscoll, PWE Publicity  or by phone 309-635-6389.