Mar 16

6th Annual Young Artist Competition!

The sixth annual Young Artist Competition will take place on Tuesday, 19 April, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. The competition is open to woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 9-12 who live in or attend school in Linn County, and participate in their school’s band program.

Applicants should prepare a solo or excerpt 5-6 minutes in length. Use of an accompanist is recommended, but not required. Audition pieces do not need to have a published band accompaniment.

The winner will be a featured guest soloist during one week of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band concert season and receive a $250 cash award. Runners-up may also have an opportunity to play with CRMB.

For more information or to register for an audition time, contact CRMB Conductor Steve Shanley at steve.shanley@gmail.com.

Mar 15

Municipal Band Auditions

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band will hold auditions in the band room of Washington High School at 2205 Forest Drive SE:

Friday, April 1         6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 2    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All qualified instrumentalists are encouraged to audition. The band has open positions for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, and Percussion, and substitutes are needed on all instruments, especially Saxes.

The CRMB performs 18 concerts each summer and musicians are paid for rehearsals (Monday evenings) and concerts (Wednesday and Sunday evenings). Members are not required to commit to the entire summer.

To audition, contact Scott Haney, CRMB Business Manager, at 319-431-9649 (call or text) or business@crmuniband.org.  Please leave a message with the following information:

  1. Name of the person auditioning
  2. E-mail address
  3. Phone number
  4. Audition instrument(s)
  5. Desired day and time for audition

It is highly encouraged to arrange an audition time in advance, though musicians are permitted to attend auditions without a scheduled time.

Musicians are evaluated solely on sight-reading ability but may begin the audition with a short prepared excerpt (not to exceed 60 seconds).

Please provide a brief musical resume (typed copy) at auditions.

 

Mar 06

Commission Meeting 1 April 2016

 

 

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on Friday, 1 April 2016, at the Washington High School band room at 5:00 PM. This will be followed by a working session to audition for new band members. The formal session is open to the public, the auditions are not.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a City program, service, or activity, should contact the Municipal Band Business Manager at 319-431-9649 or email (link to email addresses) as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event.

Dec 22

Commission Meeting 24 January 2016

The City Band Commission will meet on 24 January 2016 in Marquis Hall at Coe College. Start time is 7 pm.

Oct 05

We Are Nearly There!

The bandshell campaign has been STUPENDOUS! Thanks to all of you who have chosen to support a new bandshell. Because of you and the generous support of the Greater CR Community Foundation, local Rotary clubs, and Hall-Perrine, we are at $135,305, just short of our goal of $150,000.

There is still time to donate. We are keeping the campaign open until 31 December. So if you’ve been sitting on the fence, or you decided to support but just haven’t done it yet, now is the time.

Again, thanks for your support of the campaign. Keep coming to the concerts!

Sep 01

City Band Commission Meeting 20 September

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session at 7 PM on 20 Sep 2015 at Marquis Hall on the Coe College Campus.

Aug 01

Last concert of the season this Sunday at Bever!

If you haven’t made it out to a Cedar Rapids Municipal Band Concert yet this summer, Sunday is your last chance! Pack up the lawn chairs, a picnic, and your friends and family and join us for a great evening of music at Bever Park. Concert starts at 7:30!Sunday’s program includes:

Loren Flory, Xavier High School, will perform the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

A Festival Prelude (Alfred Reed)

The Pink Panther Meets R2D2 (arr. Jerry Brubaker)

Children’s March (Percy Grainger, ed. Erickson)

Bravura (C.E. Duble, arr. John Edmondson)

Concertino Classico (Philip Sparke)
Featuring Paul Kulka, flute

National Emblem (E.E. Bagley)

I’ve Got a Crush on You (Gershwin) & I Can’t Believe That You’re InLove With Me (McHugh & Gaskin)
Featuring the CRMB Trombone Section

Bond…James Bond (arr. Stephen Bulla)

Circus Days (Frank Piersol)

 

Jul 29

Sokol Park on Wednesday!

Join us Wednesday night at Sokol Park for our last Wednesday performance of the season! The weather forecasts call for a clement evening, so grab a chair and head on out.

The program includes:

  • Vocalist: Loren Flory, Xavier HS
  • A Festival Prelude (Alfred Reed)
  • The Pink Panther Meets R2D2 (arr. Jerry Brubaker)
  • Children’s March (Percy Grainger, ed. Erickson)
  • Bravura (C.E. Duble, arr. John Edmondson)
  • Concertino Classico (Philip Sparke)
    Featuring Paul Kulka, flute
  • National Emblem (E.E. Bagley)
  • I’ve Got a Crush on You (Gershwin) & I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love with Me (McHugh & Gaskin)
    Featuring the CRMB Trombone Section
  • Bond…James Bond (arr. Stephen Bulla)
  • Circus Days (Frank Piersol)

If you can’t make it to the concert, you can hear it live on KMRY Radio (1450 AM/93.1 FM), starting promptly at 7:30.

 

Jul 22

Tonight’s Concert on KMRY and on kmryradio.com!

Tonight’s concert at Bowman Woods will not only be carried live on KMRY radio, but also on the internet on kmryradio.com! Just click on “Listen Live” at the top.

Jul 22

Check out our Musician of the Week, Greg Pittam!

Check out our musician of the week, Greg Pittam!

Instrument: Tenor Saxophone

Number of years playing with CRMB: This is my 34th season (started in 1982)

 

Occupation: Financial Analyst for Rockwell Collins

Family: My family is still all in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area. I come from a musical family. My parents, Don and Nancy are retired and have been involved with band activities from chaperoning high school band trips to enjoying each week’s Municipal Band concerts. My sister, D, is a local vocalist that performs at many ballroom dance venues with her partner Mark Pence as the duo “Polyester Blend”. She also sang the Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication and guest solo’d with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band for many seasons. My niece Morgan is an 8th grader at Linn-Mar and is involved with vocal music and band, but her true love is dance and, of course, spending time with her uncles! (She’s going to kill me for that!) My partner Terrence is an emergency room nurse and is an official “muniband groupie” – never missing a performance!

Hometown: I’m a true local – born in St. Lukes Hospital, raised in Marion, Iowa, graduated from Linn-Mar High School and the University of Northern Iowa.

Hobbies: During the summer, Municipal Band is my main hobby. During the winter attending Iowa Women’s Basketball and Broadway Theater shows takes us to many mid-west cities and as far as Las Vegas and Cancun. I am a fitness fanatic – weights, running and yoga. I also enjoy Rock -n- Roll history and never miss a replay of the American Top 40 from the 70’s and 80’s! (Tune-in Radio is my best friend!)

Favorite CRMB piece(s): Everyone in the saxophone section would tell you that my favorite piece is Fandango but it is actually my #2 favorite. And in the spirit of Casey Casem’s countdowns – my #1 Municipal Band favorite is …..drumroll…….River Dance! “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

Greg Pittam

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