Added performance! Woodwind Quintet on August 5 at 7:30 pm

The band is used to performing for you twice a week, and so it has felt weird to have online concerts on Sundays but not on Wednesdays.

We’re fixing that this week with a Wednesday night edition of Mini Muni Music featuring a woodwind quintet!

Same deal as the other performances to date. Watch on our Facebook page beginning at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5.

In addition to the music, Steve Shanley will be joined by Kelli Swehla, who is a new CRMB commissioner as well as Xavier band director.

Remember, these performances are not archived. Catch the concert live!

Announcing 4 more Mini Muni Music online concerts!

With two successful online events featuring online ensembles in the books, we are pleased to announce four more performances.

All of these Sunday evening performances will begin at 7:30 and be streamed live on the band’s Facebook page. They will not be archived for future viewing, so be sure to tune in each Sunday.

August 2 — French horn ensemble
August 9 — Tubas and euphoniums
August 16 — Brass quintet
August 23 — Clarinet quartet

Mini Muni Music — Online Small Ensemble Concerts

The second online concert in a series of small ensemble performances is set for Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 pm and will feature four of the band’s outstanding clarinetists as well as Steve Shanley and vocalist Lynn Rothrock in conversation.

The concert will be live streamed on the Municipal Band’s Facebook page, but will not be archived for future viewing.

The concert is the second in a series following a July 19 live stream featuring four members of the band’s percussion section as well as a conversation between Shanley and the trumpeter Denny Hodge, a mainstay of the band for decades.

Future concerts are in the works, including an August 9 performance featuring the band’s tuba and euphonium players.

Commission Meeting 13 July 2020

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session at 8:00 PM on Monday, 13 July 2020. Due to the pandemic, this meeting will be held online only. Meeting in person will be impossible or impractical due to concerns for the health and safety of Commission members, staff and the public presented by COVID-19 as well as limitations on size of gatherings.

This meeting, like all Commission meetings, is open to the public. If you wish to attend, please write to Scott Haney, Business Manager, at business AT crmuniband.org and the meeting information will be sent to you.

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 business AT crmuniband.org as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event

2020 Regular Concerts Canceled…but…

Earlier this week, the Band Commission met to discuss the performance options for the 2020 Season. With sadness, the Commission announces that the regular season is cancelled and there will be no full-band concerts this year.

We are considering alternatives for the CRMB to continue connecting with our community this summer. Some ideas include:

1) Individual band members presenting a short “concert” and/or presentation online (fun history of their instrument, a short talk on their favorite Sousa marches, could be ANYTHING).  We are working to get these set up for June.

2) Small-group performances later in the summer, if new research, best practices, and recommended safety protocols allow.  It is possible these performances could occur outdoors for live audiences, but they would, at the very least, be broadcast so audience members can enjoy safely from home.

The Commission will meet in late June or early July to reevaluate possibilities. This is our 70th season, and we certainly aren’t going to let it go by unnoticed! So stay tuned for more news!

Commission Meeting 19 May 2020

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, 19 May 2020. Due to the pandemic, this meeting will be held online only. Meeting in person will be impossible or impractical due to concerns for the health and safety of Commission members, staff and the public presented by COVID-19 as well as limitations on size of gatherings.

This meeting, like all Commission meetings, is open to the public. If you wish to attend, please write to Scott Haney, Business Manager, at business AT crmuniband.org and the meeting information will be sent to you.

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 business AT crmuniband.org as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event

Auditions Indefinitely Postponed

We are sorry to report that due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, we must indefinitely postpone CRMB auditions. We will not be able to pick a new date (if any) until the current situation stabilizes.

We appreciate everyone’s patience, and we hope to see everyone out there for a wonderfully musical summer.

City Budget Information

City Manager Jeff Pomeranz presented the proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 on Feb 6. Budget details are available on the city’s website. Per the Iowa Code section 384.15A, documents for total maximum property tax dollars: https://bit.ly/2w6QLaY

You will find a permanent link to this information HERE.

Band Auditions! 27 and 28 March

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, a professional concert band that presents 18 (sometimes more) free concerts every summer, will hold its annual auditions on Friday, 27 March, and Saturday, 28 March, in the band room at Cedar Rapids Washington High School at 2005 Forest Drive SE.

There are known openings for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, and Percussion. Other instrument openings are possible, and substitute players are welcome on all instruments, particularly Saxophone and Horn this year.

A typical concert week consists of a Monday rehearsal (7:15 to 9:45), followed by concerts on the following Wednesday and Sunday (7:30 to 8:30). Some seasons include additional performances. Members are expected to commit to at least five weeks per summer. Subs are hired on a weekly basis. All musicians are paid.

We encourage all qualified musicians to apply. To sign up for an audition, please email our business manager, Scott Haney, at business AT crmuniband.org with the following information:

  1. Name of the person auditioning
  2. Musician’s email address(es)
  3. Musician’s phone number. Cell number is preferred so we can call you if the audition schedule changes
  4. Instrument on which the musician will audition
  5. Desired date for the audition

We strongly prefer that all auditions are scheduled by the Monday prior to the audition date. This year, that is 23 March.

Please be aware of the following:

  1. We are able to offer a choice of date only if time is available on both days. Once all slots are filled on a given day, only the other day is available.
  2. We CANNOT offer a choice of times. Slots will be filled on a given day in order, on a first-come-first-served basis. If there are extenuating circumstances, please mention them, but we may not be able to adjust to them.
  3. Auditions on 27 March are from 6 to 9 PM. Auditions on 28 March are from 1 to 4 PM. Auditions are about seven minutes for winds, and 14 for percussion. Winds should bring their own instruments. Percussion need to bring sticks/mallets only — we supply the percussion instruments.

Musicians will be evaluated primarily on sight-reading ability, but all are welcome to play an excerpt of one’s own choice (less than a minute) to warm up and gauge the room. This excerpt will not be consider part of the audition, however.

Please also bring along a brief resume.

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 business AT crmuniband.org as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event

2020 Young Artist Competition



The 2020 Young Artist Competition will be held Wednesday, 22 April 2020, at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. This is the tenth year of the competition. It would be wonderful to have you enter!

The competition is open to woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 9-12 who live or attend school in Linn County and participate in a school band program. The winner will be a featured guest soloist one week during the 2020 CRMB season (our 70th!), and will receive the Margaret Kegel Memorial Scholarship, worth $500. Deserving runners-up may also have an opportunity to perform with the band.

For more information, click this link for a poster, or write to Steve Shanley at sshanley@coe.edu by Friday, 3 April 2020.