Jul 06

Found at Ellis Park: one lawn chair

We found a lawn chair under the trees not far from the stage after Sunday night’s concert. If it is yours, call Scott at 431-9649 and we’ll make arrangements to get it back to you.

Jul 04

Concert Sunday at Ellis, 7:30 or 6:30 to hear the New Horizons Band!

This is the PERFECT way to cap off your 4th of July weekend!  Bring the kids and friends out to enjoy patriotic favorites in celebration of Independence Day, KCRG’s Ashley Hinson on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Coe vocal professor Loralee Songer on “Over the Rainbow,” along with everyone’s favorite patriotic march “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”  Join us this Sunday at Ellis Park!  Concert starts at 7:30.  This is one not to miss!

Be sure to get there EARLY to hear the New Horizons Band perform at 6:30!

This week’s program:

The Star Spangled Banner and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication performed by Bentlee Birchansky, Washington H.S.

Exultate (Samuel Hazo)

Superman March (John Williams, arr. Paul Lavender)

Over the Rainbow (Arlen & Harburg, arr. Warren Barker)
Featuring Loralee Songer, voice

Fantasy on Yankee Doodle (arr. Mark Williams)

The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels, arr. Michael Brown)
Featuring Ashley Hinson, violin

Armed Forces Salute (arr. Bob Lowden)

Legends of Jazz (arr. Stephen Bulla)

America, the Beautiful (arr. Dragon)
Featuring Ashley Hinson, violin & Loralee Songer, voice

Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa)

Jun 30

Check out our Musician of the Week!

This week’s Musician of the Week is Kristi Schamberger!

Kristi Schamberger Pic

Name: Kristi Schamberger
Instrument: Trumpet

Year I started playing with the Municipal Band: 1998
Occupation: Elementary/Middle School Orchestra Director at Echo Hill, Westfield, and Oak Ridge in the Linn-Mar School District
Family:  I have a husband, Jason, and a 15 month old son, Colton. They love attending the summer band concerts.  We also have a dog, Lingo, and three cats, Monnie, Soleil, and Maya.  My mom, Sharon, also plays in the band.  I grew up listening to the CRMB, several of my family members have also played in the band.
Hometown: Marion, Iowa
Hobbies: I love to travel!  My more recent trips have taken me to Hawaii, Italy, and Greece.  I also enjoy reading, paleo cooking, bargain hunting, and listening to live music.
Favorite CRMB pieces:  The Holst Suites, Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, Fandango by Frank Perkins, and any soundtrack music.

Jun 30

Concert Wednesday at the McGrath Amphitheatre!

There is something for everyone this week!  Bring the kids and friends out to enjoy patriotic favorites in celebration of Independence Day, KCRG’s Ashley Hinson on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and Coe vocal professor Loralee Songer on “Over the Rainbow.”  This Wednesday is also our first appearance at the McGrath Amphitheatre.  Concert starts at 7:30.  This is one not to miss!

amphitheatre

This week’s program:

The Star Spangled Banner and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication performed by Bentlee Birchansky, Washington H.S.

Exultate (Samuel Hazo)

Superman March (John Williams, arr. Paul Lavender)

Over the Rainbow (Arlen & Harburg, arr. Warren Barker)
Featuring Loralee Songer, voice

Fantasy on Yankee Doodle (arr. Mark Williams)

The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels, arr. Michael Brown)
Featuring Ashley Hinson, violin

Armed Forces Salute (arr. Bob Lowden)

Legends of Jazz (arr. Stephen Bulla)

America, the Beautiful (arr. Dragon)
Featuring Ashley Hinson, violin & Loralee Songer, voice

Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa)

Jun 28

New Horizons Prelude for tonight is canceled

The prelude concert from the New Horizons Band at Bever is canceled. But…the Municipal Band concert is still a GO! See you at 7:30!

Jun 26

This Sunday at Bever!

Sunday is your only chance this week to catch the great concert we have in store for you!  This week features new Iowa trumpet professor Courtney Jones on a piece composed by Cedar Rapids native Kim Scharnberg in addition to some concert band “war horses” and the gorgeous music from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves all under the direction of guest conductor Steve Stickney.  Pack up the kids, lawn chairs, and a picnic and head to Bever this Wednesday at 7:30!

This week’s program includes:

  • The Star Spangled Banner and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication sung and performed by Kyra Lehman, from Prairie High School
  • Homage March (Wagner)
  • Mannin Veen (Wood)
  • Bayou Breakdown (Karrick)
  • Travelogue for Trumpet (Scharnberg) featuring University of Iowa trumpet professor Courtney Jones: http://www.cjonestrumpet.com/
  • Carnival (Basler)
  • Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (arr. Lavender)
  • The Gallant Seventh (Sousa)

Jun 24

Concert tonight at Taft is CANCELLED due to rain. Please catch us Sunday at Bever!

Jun 23

Musician of the Week!

Check out our Musician of the Week, Melissa Brobston!

Instrument: Trumpet
Profession: Owner of Melissa’s Music Studio in Iowa City (www.melissasmusicstudioiowa.com) and Instrumental music teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids
Hometown: Iowa City
Hobbies: Latin Dancing
Favorite CRMB pieces: Orchestral transcriptions
melissa brobston

Jun 23

Concert Wednesday at Taft Middle School

This week features new Iowa trumpet professor Courtney Jones on a piece composed by Cedar Rapids native Kim Scharnberg in addition to some concert band “war horses” and the gorgeous music from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.  We are hoping the rain stays away Wednesday so you can enjoy this great concert!  Pack up the kids, lawn chairs, and a picnic and head to Taft this Wednesday at 7:30!

This week’s program includes:

  • The Star Spangled Banner and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication sung and performed by Kyra Lehman, from Prairie High School
  • Homage March (Wagner)
  • Mannin Veen (Wood)
  • Bayou Breakdown (Karrick)
  • Travelogue for Trumpet (Scharnberg) featuring University of Iowa trumpet professor Courtney Jones: http://www.cjonestrumpet.com/
  • Carnival (Basler)
  • Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (arr. Lavender)
  • The Gallant Seventh (Sousa)

Jun 23

Commission Meeting 24 June 2015

The City Band Commission will meet on Wednesday, 24 June 2015, at Taft Middle School just prior to the band concert. Agenda includes the end-of-year review as specified in the Commission’s charter.

This meeting will occur outdoors at the concert venue. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting may be moved to an indoor venue, or rescheduled for the following Sunday.

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