Apr 07

5th Annual Young Artist Competition

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band Young Artist Competition is in only two weeks! This competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 who live in Linn County or attend high school in Linn County and participate in school band.

For details, please click the link at the top of the page, or here.

Mar 27

The Iowa Band Law in the Cedar Rapids Gazette

Columnist Todd Dorman wrote a nice article on the Iowa Band Law in the Cedar Rapids Gazette recently. Click HERE to read it!

Mar 22

Commission Meeting 27 March 2015 @5 PM

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session at 5 PM on Friday, 27 March 2015, immediately before auditions for the 2015 season. The agenda will include:

  • Minutes of previous meeting.
  • Financial report, including proposed budget amendments for 2015 and 2016.
  • Report on new equipment trailer.
  • Report on capital campaign for bandshell.
  • Report on publicity and preparations for upcoming season.
  • Additional business raised by Commission or other attendees.
  • Logistics for auditions that evening and Saturday afternoon. (This may occur outside the formal meeting as a working session.)

 

Mar 11

Auditions! 27-28 March 2015

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, a professional concert band that presents 19 summer concerts in Cedar Rapids parks, will be holding its annual spring auditions on Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th in the Cedar Rapids Washington High School Band Room.

One-season openings are known for: Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, and Percussion. Multiple-season openings are known for: Clarinet, Bassoon, Tuba, and Percussion. Other instrument openings are possible and substitutes are needed on all instruments, particularly Oboe and French Horn this year.

A typical concert week consists of a Monday evening rehearsal and Wednesday and Sunday evening concerts. This season, there is one atypical concert week with a Saturday morning concert included in the schedule.

More audition information can be found by e-mailing Scott Haney at business@crmuniband.org , or by calling or texting Scott at 319-431-9649.

We encourage all qualified musicians to apply. To sign up for an audition, please e-mail, call, or text Scott Haney and leave a message indicating the following:

  1. The name of the person auditioning
  2. The musician’s e-mail address and/or phone number
  3. The instrument(s) the musician will play
  4. If auditioning on more that one instrument, whether you want the auditions back-to-back or with a break in between.

Audition Dates and Times:
Friday, March 27th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday, March 28th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Contact Scott Haney as needed regarding schedule conflicts.

In-person signup will begin at 6:00 PM on March 27th and at 12:30 PM on March 28th.

Auditions will be held in first-response order: those who called in advance will be auditioned first; everyone else will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Musicians will be evaluated primarily on sight-reading ability, but all are welcome to play an excerpt of one’s own choice (not to exceed 60 seconds) to warm up and get comfortable. The passage may be from a solo, etude, or piece of band music.

Please bring along a brief resume.

Scott Haney
Business Manager, Cedar Rapids Municipal Band
business@crmuniband.org (preferred)
319-431-9649

 

Mar 04

Commission Meeting 8 March

There will be a short Commission meeting on 8 March 2015 at 7 PM in Marquis Hall, Room 105, at Coe College. This meeting is to formally reject the equipment trailer bids and elect a Chair and Vice-Chair.

Jan 09

Commission Meeting 25 January

The City Band Commission will meet on Sunday, 25 January 2015, at 7 PM at Coe College (Marquis Hall). The agenda will include:

  • Budget review and revenue estimates for FY15
  • Setting the 2015 concert season (our 65th!).
  • Publicity
  • Staff changes (if required)
  • Audition schedules and needs

Jan 09

Commission Meeting 18 January

The City Band Commission will meet  on Sunday, 18 January 2015, at 7 PM at Coe College (Marquis Hall). This meeting will cover issues related to the mobile bandshell used for performances, including (but not limited to):

  • Repair of the current bandshell to cover the next few seasons.
  • CRMB taking ownership of and managing the bandshell directly (rather than Parks Department)
  • Changes in budget and logistics for concert events — CRMB must supply own bandshell staff
  • Where to find tow vehicles
  • Possible replacement with new bandshell and how to fund it
  • Possible replacement with fixed bandshell and how to fund it.

 

Sep 04

Commission Meeting 28 Sep 2014

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on 28 September 2014 at 7 PM at Coe College in Marquis Hall. This meeting is the end-of-year review, and will include (but is not limited to):

  • Fiscal Year 2014 report
  • 2014 personnel report
  • Sound equipment updates needed
  • Instrument maintenance needed
  • FY15 finance report (year to date), plus discussion of budget with regard to 2015 season

This meeting is open to the public. Please check back the week of the meeting to any necessary changes in times — Coe College activities do require schedule changes on occasion.

Aug 02

Final Concert of the Summer Tomorrow at Bever Park!

Do not miss our final concert of this season!  This week will not only feature a variety of favorites, but will feature three members of the band on solo pieces!  Pack your lawn chairs, picnics, and the kids and join us at 7:30 tomorrow evening at Bever Park!

Come early to hear the Coe College Touring Band at 5:30 before they depart for the Czech Republic!

  • The Star Spangled Banner, performed by Nathanael Smale, Prairie High School
  • High School Cadets (John Philip Sousa)
  • Finlandia (Jean Sibelius, arr. Cailliet)
  • Big Band Signatures (arr. John Higgins)
  • Concerto in C, Mvt. III (Antonio Vivaldi), featuring Margaret Kegel, piccolo
  • Best of Carole King (arr. Johnnie Vinson)
  • Under the Double Eagle (Josef Wagner)
  • Reverie (Aleksandr Glazunov), featuring Dan Malloy, horn
  • Cole Porter: A Symphonic Portrait for Band (arr. Wayne Robinson)
  • Saxophrenia (Walter Hartley), featuring Bruce Western, alto saxophone
  • They’re Off (Fred Jewell) 2.0
  • The Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, performed by Nathanael Smale, Prairie High School


						
						
						
		

Aug 01

Municipal Band Performs at Hooverfest Tomorrow night!

Drive on out to West Branch Saturday night to hear us at Hooverfest!  We will put on another great concert concluding with a fireworks display.  Concert starts at 8:30PM!

Hooverfest program:

  • High School Cadets (John Philip Sousa)
  • Finlandia (Jean Sibelius, arr. Cailliet)
  • Symphonic Highlights From “Frozen” (arr. Stephen Bulla)
  • Big Band Signatures (arr. John Higgins)
  • Best of Carole King (arr. Johnnie Vinson)
  • Under the Double Eagle (Josef Wagner)
  • Cole Porter: A Symphonic Portrait for Band (arr. Wayne Robinson)
  • Hooray for Hollywood (arr. Warren Barker)
  • They’re Off (Fred Jewell)

FIREWORKS

American Salute (Morton Gould, arr. Philip Lang)
The Wizard of Oz (Arlen & Harburg, arr. James Barnes)
Star Wars – The Marches (John Williams, arr. Jerry Brubaker)
Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa)

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