Jul 25

Only two Sunday concerts left?! Mark your calendars!

There are only two Sunday concerts left of this season!  Join us this Sunday at Ellis Park at 7:30 or come early at 6:30 to hear the Cedar Rapids Youth Flute Ensemble.  This week is the perfect week to bring the kids!  We will feature our Young Artist Competition winner, Evan Brown, on horn and music from “Frozen” along with other favorites!

This week’s program:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, performed by Noah Lauer, Xavier High School
  • New York Hippodrome (John Philip Sousa)
  • March Slav (Tschaikowsky, arr. Laurendeau)
  • Symphonic Highlights From “Frozen” (arr. Stephen Bulla)
  • Bright Lights on Broadway (arr. John Higgins)
  • Concerto for Horn (Gordon Jacob, arr. Steve Shanley), featuring CRMB Young Artist Competition Winner Evan Brown, F Horn
  • Can-Can You Name These Tunes? (arr. Jerry Williams)
  • Hooray for Hollywood (arr. Warren Barker)
  • Ringling Brothers Grand Entry (Albert Sweet, arr. Glover)
  • The Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, performed by Noah Lauer, Xavier High School

Jul 23

We’re on KMRY tonight!

Hey! Really want to hear us tonight, but can’t make it out to Bever Park? Tune in to KMRY Radio (93.1 FM, 1450 AM) at 7:30 and catch us live on the air!

You’ll even catch a bonus feature with our conductor, Steve Shanley!

Jul 23

Concert tonight MOVED to Bever Park!

This Wednesday’s concert will be held at BEVER park, not Bowman Woods as originally scheduled!  This week is the perfect week to bring the kids!  We will feature our Young Artist Competition winner, Evan Brown, on horn and music from “Frozen” along with other favorites!

If you can’t make it out tonight, join us Sunday at Ellis Park, where we’ll have a prelude concert at 6:30 by the Cedar Rapids Youth Flute Ensemble.

This week’s program:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, performed by Noah Lauer, Xavier High School
  • New York Hippodrome (John Philip Sousa)
  • March Slav (Tschaikowsky, arr. Laurendeau)
  • Symphonic Highlights From “Frozen” (arr. Stephen Bulla)
  • Bright Lights on Broadway (arr. John Higgins)
  • Concerto for Horn (Gordon Jacob, arr. Steve Shanley), featuring CRMB Young Artist Competition Winner Evan Brown, F Horn
  • Can-Can You Name These Tunes? (arr. Jerry Williams)
  • Hooray for Hollywood (arr. Warren Barker)
  • Ringling Brothers Grand Entry (Albert Sweet, arr. Glover)
  • The Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, performed by Noah Lauer, Xavier High School

Jul 23

Wednesday’s Concert MOVED to Bever Park!

This Wednesday’s concert will be held at BEVER park, not Bowman Woods as originally scheduled!  This was changed due to the construction on Boyson Road.  Please join us at 7:30 at Bever for another great concert and this week would be a great one for the kids!  We will feature our Young Artist Competition winner, Evan Brown, on horn and music from “Frozen” along with other favorites!  Pack your lawn chairs and picnic for a beautiful summer night concert!

Jul 20

Concert Sunday at Bever Park!

This week honors Cedar Rapids’  Czech heritage with a few Czech-inspired pieces!  Orchestra Iowa conductor Tim Hankewich will join us as a guest conductor along with the CRMB Young Artist Competition Runner-Up Lexi Forstrom on alto sax.  Concert begins at 7:30!

  • The Star Spangled Banner, performed by Emma Deignan, Xavier High School
  • Slavonic Dance No. 1  (Antonin Dvorak, arr. Tobani)
  • The Gladiator  (John Philip Sousa)
  • The Pines of the Appian Way (Ottorino Respighi, arr. dElia & Leizden)  Featuring Tim Hankewich, Conductor (http://www.orchestraiowa.org/Orchestra/Conductor/1/Timothy-Hankewich.aspx)
  • Barbara Polka (F. Kovarik)
  • Selections from “Sweeney Todd” (Stephen Sondheim, arr. Bulla) 
  • Fantasia for Alto Saxophone (Claude T. Smith)                                    Featuring CRMB Young Artist Competition Runner-Up Lexi Forstrom, Alto Saxophone
  • Big Band Tribute (arr. John Wasson) Olympia Hippodrome (Russell Alexander)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, performed by Emma Deignan, Xavier High School

Jul 16

Concert Wednesday at Sokol Park!

This week features a few Czech-inspired pieces in honor of our performance at Sokol Park tomorrow night!  Orchestra Iowa conductor Tim Hankewich will join us as a guest conductor along with the CRMB Young Artist Competition Runner-Up Lexi Forstrom on alto sax.  This Sokol Park concert is in association with the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.  Concert begins at 7:30!

  • The Star Spangled Banner, performed by Emma Deignan, Xavier High School
  • Slavonic Dance No. 1  (Antonin Dvorak, arr. Tobani)
  • The Gladiator  (John Philip Sousa)
  • The Pines of the Appian Way (Ottorino Respighi, arr. dElia & Leizden) Featuring Tim Hankewich, Conductor (http://www.orchestraiowa.org/Orchestra/Conductor/1/Timothy-Hankewich.aspx)
  • Barbara Polka (F. Kovarik)
  • Selections from “Sweeney Todd” (Stephen Sondheim, arr. Bulla) 
  • Fantasia for Alto Saxophone (Claude T. Smith)                                   Featuring CRMB Young Artist Competition Runner-Up Lexi Forstrom, Alto Saxophone
  • Big Band Tribute (arr. John Wasson) Olympia Hippodrome (Russell Alexander)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, performed by Emma Deignan, Xavier High School

Jul 13

Concert Sunday at Ellis Park!

This week’s theme is “fast and flashy!”  The band will showcase its technique this week with technical favorites like River Dance, music from Star Trek, Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Jesters, and finish with a rousing circus march.  Soloists Jennifer Cunningham on piccolo and Blaine Cunningham on tuba will also delight with an uptempo polka.  Join us at 7:30 at Ellis park!  Bring your lawn chairs, snacks, and kids!

This week’s program:

  • National Anthem, sung by Katie Hancock, Center Point-Urbana High School
  • Five Seasons March
  • Dance of the Jesters, conducted by Carl Rowles, CRMB Conducting Intern
  • The Free Lance
  • Riverdance
  • The Cross & The Crown
  • The Wren Polka, featuring Jennifer Cunningham, piccolo & Blaine Cunningham, tuba
  • Symphonic Suite from Star Trek
  • The Big Cage 
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, sung by Katie Hancock, Center Point-Urbana High School

Jul 09

Concert tonight at Noelridge Park!

This week’s theme is “fast and flashy!”  The band will showcase its technique this week with technical favorites like River Dance, music from Star Trek, Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Jesters, and finish with a rousing circus march.  Soloists Jennifer Cunningham on piccolo and Blaine Cunningham on tuba will also delight with an uptempo polka.  Join us at 7:30 at Noelridge park!  Bring your lawn chairs, snacks, and kids!

This week’s program:

  • National Anthem, sung by Katie Hancock, Center Point-Urbana High School
  • Five Seasons March
  • Dance of the Jesters, conducted by Carl Rowles, CRMB Conducting Intern
  • The Free Lance
  • Riverdance
  • The Cross & The Crown
  • The Wren Polka, featuring Jennifer Cunningham, piccolo & Blaine Cunningham, tuba
  • Symphonic Suite from Star Trek
  • The Big Cage 
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, sung by Katie Hancock, Center Point-Urbana High School

Jul 05

Final Freedom Festival concert at Bever park tomorrow night!

Tomorrow’s concert is not to miss!  If you have been waiting for the right week to bring the kids, this is it.  This week’s “Salute to America” theme will feature an American jazz medley, music from Star Wars, (even some Katy Perry!), in addition to patriotic favorites.  In addition a great CRMB program beginning at 7:30, please bring your picnic fare early to North Corridor All-Star Jazz Band at 6:30!

 This week’s program:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, performed by Bentlee Birchansky, Washington High School
  • Rough Riders
  • American Salute
  • America The Beautiful
  • Firework, featuring vocalist Alisabeth Von Presley, www.AlisabethVonPresley.com
  • Armed Forces Salute
  • Star Wars – The Marches
  • I Want To Fly (by local composer Rob Nassif, arr. Steve Shanley), featuring vocalist Alisabeth Von Presley
  • Salute to American Jazz
  • Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, performed by Bentlee Birchansky, Washington High School

Jul 01

Freedom Festival Concert Wednesday at Noelridge Park!

This week’s concert is not to miss!  If you have been waiting for the right week to bring the kids, this is it.  This week’s “Salute to America” theme will feature an American jazz medley, music from Star Wars, (even some Katy Perry!), in addition to patriotic favorites.  In addition a great CRMB program beginning at 7:30, please bring your picnic fare early to catch the New Horizons Band at 6:30!

Important note on venue change: This Wednesday’s concert was originally scheduled for Greene Square Park, but due to the amount of rain we have received, must be moved to Noelridge Park.

 This week’s program:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, performed by Bentlee Birchansky, Washington High School
  • Rough Riders
  • American Salute
  • America The Beautiful
  • Firework, featuring vocalist Alisabeth Von Presley, www.AlisabethVonPresley.com
  • Armed Forces Salute
  • Star Wars – The Marches
  • I Want To Fly (by local composer Rob Nassif, arr. Steve Shanley), featuring vocalist Alisabeth Von Presley
  • Salute to American Jazz
  • Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, performed by Bentlee Birchansky, Washington High School

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