Commission Meeting 19 January 2020

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session at 7:00 PM on Sunday, 19 January 2020, in Marquis Hall at Coe College. Agenda includes, but is not limited to:

  • Financial review
  • Finalization of 2020 season
  • Discussion of ongoing projects & equipment repairs
  • Scheduling of auditions and discussion of known open positions.

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.

Commission Meeting 15 September 2019

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on Sunday, 15 September 2019, at 7:00 PM at Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus. The agenda includes (but is not limited to) financials for FY2019, current financials, venues for next season, and a discussion of the Boone Municipal Band Festival.

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.

Last call! Join us for three concerts during the final week of our season

We’re wrapping up the 2019 season–but first, we’ve got three more concerts to play!

Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm — Noelridge Park
Saturday, Aug. 3 at 3 pm — Guthridge Park as part of Hiawatha Fun Fest
Sunday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 pm (6:30 Prelude concert) — Bever Park

At these performances:
• We feature our own Mauricio da Silva on “Funkinetics” — the funkiest clarinet solo you’ve ever heard — and on the world premiere of “The Farewell Choro.” The farewell is apt as Mauricio is returning to Brazil. It’s been an honor to have him in the band and we’re delighted to feature him.

• The band will perform highlights from the “The Jungle Book” and a medley of Dixieland favorites.
• Band member Dan Meier will perform Piazzolla’s “Oblivion” on trumpet.

• Washington High School student Paul Linville will sing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication.

• On Sunday night at Bever Park, the Liberty Band will perform a Prelude concert at 6:30.

Thank you for joining us all season long!

Just hear those sleigh bells…Wait.

This week, join us for spectacular nights of music at Bowman Woods (Wed.) and Ellis Park (Sun.) — including the cool and cooling sounds of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride! Music gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Also on the program:

• The band features its own members as Nick and Josh Carlo perform a humorous clarinet/bassoon duet and Aren Van Houzen dazzles the crowd on the piccolo trumpet


• The band performs highlights from the 2016 animated musical film, “Sing,” as well as favorites from jazz legend Louis Armstrong
• Kennedy High School student Bibiana Granadillo sings the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

Week 7 is all about flutes. Well, and trombones. And other instruments, too. Like trumpets.

This week, the band returns to Cleveland Elementary School on Wednesday, July 17 and to Bever Park on Sunday, July 21.

At this concert:


• Iowa native Virginia Broffitt Kunzer, an Auburn University flute
professor, performs Faure’s “Fantasie”


• Young Artist Competition runner-up Megan Bennett performs the Artunian trumpet concerto

• Kennedy High School band director Jared Wacker guest conducts Dello Joio’s “Satiric Dances”


• The band performs music from “Star Wars, Episode IV” as well as well as a trombone feature
• Prairie High School student Mari Dawley sings the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication


• Sunday night, The Coe College Youth Flute Ensemble will perform at 6:30


This week: Johnson STEAM Academy and Noelridge Park

On Wednesday night (7/10), we invite kids to become members of the band!

Bring the kids to Johnson STEAM Academy at 6:15 to make their own instruments. The kids will get to play a song with the band during the performance!

Also on Wednesday, students from Johnson STEAM Academy will perform at 6:30.

Dr. Michelle Blair rehearses the band for this week’s performance of “Blackbird.”

Both the Wednesday concert and the Sunday (7/14) performance at Noelridge Park will feature:

• Steve Shanley switching to the piano for a jazzy rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” joined by guest conductor Coe College orchestra conductor Dr. Michelle Blair, bassist Jonah Prall, and drummer Jeremiah de la Pena
• Music from “Aladdin”
• Linn-Mar High School student Aleah Dupree singing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

Celebrating the Fourth of July and more!

Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 pm: Guthridge Park in Hiawatha
Sunday, July 7, 7:30 pm: McGrath Amphitheater

At this concert:
• Hear all of your patriotic favorites as the band celebrates the Fourth of July
• Guest vocalist Amy Friedl Stoner sings from the Great American Songbook

Amy Friedl Stoner will perform three numbers with the band.


• Linn-Mar HS flutist Octavia Barbulescu, runner-up in the 2019 Young Artist Competition, performs a flute concerto
• Jefferson HS student Emily Hanisch will sing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

Jefferson High School student Emily Hanisch in rehearsal with the band.

This week: Young Artist Competition winner Jaeden Hansen performs!

Wed, June 26, McGrath Amphitheater and Sun, June 30, Bever Park

The winner of the 2019 Young Artists Competition, hornist Jaeden Hansen, is a recent graduate from Linn-Mar High School. He has been involved in many aspects of the music program throughout his high school career including Wind Ensemble, Jazz 1 (in which he plays bass), Marching Lions, and Symphony Orchestra. Jaeden is a three year All-Stater, spending two years in the All-State Band and one year in the All-State Orchestra, sitting principal chair in both ensembles. As a junior, he earned “Best in Center” honors at the IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival. Jaeden is the 2019 recipient of the Steven J Colton Band Scholarship and the John Philip Sousa Band Award and plans to study music education next fall at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After one year of college he plans to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and then complete his degree at BYU.

Also on the program this week:

• Hear music from “West Side Story”
• Shivhan Dohse Morton and Drew Morton on a flute/bass version of “Ain’t No Sunshine”


• Kennedy HS band director Lesley Fleer will guest conduct a Spanish march


• Kennedy HS student Madelyn O’Brien will sing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication.

We’re ready to go at The History Center!

Still time to join us…or to listen on KMRY over the air or online!

Week three is historic!

The Municipal Band makes its historic first appearance at The History Center on June 19.

This week, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band makes its first-ever appearance at The History Center, which is now located in the stunning Douglas Mansion (800 2nd Ave. SE). We’re excited to collaborate with this important community organization that preserves and tells the stories of Linn County!

The concert at The History Center begins at 7:30, but you’ll want to arrive early to hear Steve Shanley discuss the music of John Williams. His talk begins at 6:30 inside The Douglas Mansion (cash bar available).

The Sunday night concert will be the band’s first appearance in Ellis Park this season. CR Jazz will perform a prelude concert at 6:30, and the Municipal Band will take the stage at 7:30.

This week’s highlights include:
• Music from Star Wars.
• Xavier High School flutist Callie Fay (runner up in the Young Artist Competition) and Iowa State bassoon professor Kevin Judge will be featured.
• Washington High School student Aryn Marner will sing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication.