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

Jul 21

It’s a teddy bear picnic at Bowman Woods tomorrow!

It’s “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” week with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band!  Have your kids (or if you are a kid at heart!) bring your teddy bear in honor of the march of the same name.  This weeks also features front man of the Rod Pierson Big Band, Rod Pierson, on alto sax; Young Artist Competition runner-up Joshua Yem on oboe; and the Harmony Hawks with a rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”  There’s something for everyone this week!  Concert starts at 7:30 and don’t forget those teddy bears!

This week’s program includes:

Sarah Rosales from Jefferson High School will perform the National Anthem and the Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

The Klaxon (Henry Fillmore, ed. Fennell)

Concerto in C Major for Oboe (Haydn, trans. Steve Shanley)
Featuring Joshua Yem, Oboe

Arabesque (Samuel Hazo)

Persuasion (Sammy Nestico)
Featuring Rod Pierson, Alto Saxophone

Esprit de Corps (John Philip Sousa)

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond, arr. Gene Cokeroft & Steve Shanley)
Featuring the Harmony Hawks

Teddy Bears’ Picnic (John Bratton, arr. Paul Yoder)

Hurry Home Firefly (Dan Higgins, arr. Steve Shanley)
Featuring Rod Pierson, C Melody Saxophone

In Storm and Sunshine (John C. Heed)

Jul 17

Check us out Saturday at the Farmer’s Market, 10:00 AM!

This is the perfect week to bring the kids! They will love music from Beauty and the Beast and the Avengers, a guitar solo from Coe president Dave McInally, toe-tapping marches, and an impressive trombone solo from recent Kennedy graduate Josh Lyman. Find us at the corner of 3rd Street and 4th Avenue SE. We play from 10-11 am!

This week’s program:

Katie Weston from Washington High School will perform the National Anthem and the Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

Hey! (Timothy Mahr)

Review (John Philip Sousa)

Trombone Concerto (Gordon Jacob, arr. Denis Wick)
Featuring Josh Lyman, Trombone

Salute to Louis Armstrong (arr. Eric Osterling)

The Avengers (Alan Silvestri, arr. Michael Brown)

Chickin’ Pickin’ (Michael Daugherty, trans. William Carson)
Featuring Dave McInally, guitar & William Carson, conductor

Belle of the Ball (Leroy Anderson)

Beauty and the Beast Highlights (Menken & Ashman, arr. John Moss)

Go Galop (Henry Fillmore, arr. Contorno)

Jul 15

Steve Shanley on KCCK

And he’s right…McInally can really shred! (I keep hoping he’ll hire me for a band, but I think he only works with actual Presidents. Heh.)

 

Jul 13

Next concert this Wednesday at Noelridge!

This is a great week to bring the kids!  They will love music from Beauty and the Beast and the Avengers in addition to toe-tapping marches and an impressive trombone solo from recent Kennedy graduate Josh Lyman.  Join us this Wednesday at Noelridge with your lawn chair, picnic, and of course, the kids!  Concert starts at 7:30.

Get there early to hear the Metro Youth Flute Ensemble at 6:30!

This week’s program:

Katie Weston from Washington High School will perform the National Anthem and the Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

Hey! (Timothy Mahr)

Review (John Philip Sousa)

Trombone Concerto (Gordon Jacob, arr. Denis Wick)
Featuring Josh Lyman, Trombone

Salute to Louis Armstrong (arr. Eric Osterling)

The Avengers (Alan Silvestri, arr. Michael Brown)

Chickin’ Pickin’ (Michael Daugherty, trans. William Carson)
Featuring Dave McInally, guitar & William Carson, conductor

Belle of the Ball (Leroy Anderson)

Beauty and the Beast Highlights (Menken & Ashman, arr. John Moss)

Go Galop (Henry Fillmore, arr. Contorno)

Jul 13

Check out our Musician of the Week, Denny Hodge!

Check out our Musician of the Week, Denny Hodge!

Instrument : Trumpet

Number of years playing: 30+

Occupation:  Business Continuity Manager for Aegon Global Technology, an Aegon company.

Family:  Wife (Terri) plays flute locally for several churches and theaters, is one of the founders and members of the Marion Chamber Trio (Flute, Harp and Cello) and has a small teaching studio.  In addition, she is the bell choir director at two churches and plays with the bell choir at a third church.  Our kids have all been raised in this “musical culture.” Chris, our oldest, is the head of the music department at the St. Maur International School in Yokohama, Japan and just earned his Masters in Music Education.  Nick is a working actor in Chicago, who you might just catch if you watch Chicago Fire or Chicago PD.  Erin lives in Marion and teaches Dance at Prestige Dance Studio in Cedar Rapids.   She and her husband have two boys, so we have the privilege of doting over grandkids and sending them home after we’re done spoiling them.   Our youngest is Jonah (12), who is the first chair tuba player in his band, is the best piano player in our house (I’m a terrible piano player) and is learning electric bass this summer.

Home Town:  I was born in Ohio, but have not lived here since the age of two.  I officially call Marion my home town.  Graduated from Linn Mar, as will all four of my kids.

Hobbies:  Well . . .  since music is not my profession, I would have to consider music as my primary hobby.  Besides the CRMB, I perform regularly with several different churches, direct the choir at All Saints Catholic Church, am a member of the Heartland Brass Quintet and perform in the pit for TCR, Revival Theatre Company, City Circle Players and the Iowa City Community Theatre. I also do a bit of composing any arranging, especially of bell choir music for my wife’s bell choirs.  Beyond that my other important hobby is flying.  I am in the process of building an airplane at the Marion Airport.  Hopefully it will be ready to fly in 2016.

Favorite CRMB Pieces:  Not sure I can nail this down to one piece, but I think everyone in the band knows that I LOVE show music.  So I’m partial to any film or broadway score.

 

D Hodge - Head Shot

Jul 09

Concert this Sunday at Bever Park!

We honor history this week with classical, pop, musical, and march favorites!  Young Artist Competition winner Lexi Forstrom will perform on alto saxophone, beand member Aaron Ottmar will dazzle you with his fiery mallet technique, enjoy a few Beatles favorites and a medley from Man of La Mancha.  Pack a picnic and a lawn chair and bring a friend!  Concert starts at 7:30.

This week’s program includes:

The Star Spangled Banner and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication performed by Liz Krejci from Kennedy High School

Esprit de Corps (Jager)

Chicago Tribune March (Chambers)

Conducted by Mike Moehlmann in honor of his grandfather, the late Roland Moehlann

Beatles: Love (arr. Bocook)

Fantasia Concertante (Heiden)

Performed by Young Artist Competition winner: Lexi Forstrom, alto saxohpone

Recognition (Sousa)

Galop (Kabalevsky)

Performed by Aaron Ottmar, xylophone

Man of La Mancha (arr. Erickson)

Prestissimo (King)

Jul 09

Song of Dedication on KCRG

There’s a nice report on the Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication (and the BAND, of course!) up at KCRG. Click here!

Jul 07

Concert this Wednesday at Jefferson High School!

Lots of favorites to enjoy this week!  Young Artist Competition winner Lexi Forstrom will perform on alto saxophone, band member Aaron Ottmar will dazzle you with his fiery mallet technique, and enjoy a few Beatles favorites and a Man of La Mancha preview.  Pack a picnic and a lawn chair and bring a friend!  Concert starts at 7:30.

This week’s program includes:

The Star Spangled Banner and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication performed by Liz Krejci from Kennedy High School

Esprit de Corps (Jager)

Chicago Tribune March (Chambers)

Beatles: Love (arr. Bocook)

Fantasia Concertante (Heiden)

Performed by Young Artist Competition winner: Lexi Forstrom, alto saxohpone

 Recognition (Sousa)

Galop (Kabalevsky)

Performed by Aaron Ottmar, xylophone

Man of La Mancha (arr. Erickson)

Prestissimo (King)

 

 

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