We’re on!

The rain is gone. The band is here. Join us at 7:30 at Cleveland Elementary School for a great night of music!

Cleveland School, Bever Park…and around the world!

The Municipal Band will play at Cleveland Elementary School on June 12.

This week the band will bring great music to Cleveland Elementary School on Wednesday, June 12 (you might need a jacket!) and to Bever Park on Sunday, June 16.

The New Horizons Band will perform a prelude concert at 6:15 p.m. on June 16.

At this concert:
Enjoy a musical celebration of Father’s Day, a medley of music from the upcoming Lion King remake, and featured solos from band members Robert Parker (trombone) and Thiago Ancelmo (clarinet).

Washington HS student Sofia Burke will sing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication.

Can’t make it to the Wednesday performance? No worries–no matter where you are! The June 12 concert will be streamed live at kmryradio.com/listen-live.

That’s 7:30 pm local time and 5:30 pm in Seattle, 2:30 pm in Honolulu, 9:30 am Thursday in Tokyo, 1:30 am Thursday in London. Set up that lawn chair and listen to the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band wherever the Internet can reach.

Season kicks off this Wed., June 5!

The Municipal Band returns to NewBo City Market on June 5 at 7:30 pm.

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band season gets underway this Wednesday with a concert at NewBo City Market. The market will be open. The band will perform this week’s program again on Sunday, June 9 at Bever Park.

Both concerts begin at 7:30 pm; Sunday’s performance will be preceded by a 6:30 performance by the Cedar Rapids Metro Youth Wind Ensemble.

This week’s program features KCCK’s Dennis Green narrating Robert W. Smith’s “The Greatest Generation.” During the piece, all veterans of the US military will be asked to stand so they may be recognized. It promises to be a moving–and well deserved–tribute.

As is tradition for the first concert of the season, the band will perform Karl King’s “Iowa Band Law.” CR Mayor Brad Hart will take to the podium to conduct the spirited march.

Also on the program: music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Beatles, Samuel Hazo, Alton Adams (the first black bandmaster in the US Navy), and John Philip Sousa. Plus, you simply cannot miss “Pink Panther Meets R2D2.”

Recent Washington High School grad Natalie Novak will perform the National Anthem and the Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication.

The Wednesday evening performance will air live on KMRY radio.

Commission Meeting 5 April 2019

UPDATE: DATE OF MEETING IS MOVED TO 5 APRIL BY REQUEST OF COMMISSION CHAIR.

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on Friday, 29 March 2019 5 April 2019, at 5 PM in the band room at Washington High School, 2205 Forest Drive SE. This will be a brief meeting, followed by auditions. The meeting is open to the public, but the auditions are not.

Agenda includes the proposed 2019 budget amendment, approval of previous minutes, and other old business items from the previous meeting.

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.

We’re hiring! Social Media Coordinator needed!

The Municipal Band is looking for someone to manage our social media presence throughout the year. This position is on a yearly contract, pay is $1200 per year (two pay periods, $600 each). Most of the work will occur in June and July, but there will be things to do throughout the year.

The Social Media Coordinator will manage CRMB’s presence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) as well as other online platforms (CRMB website, advertising, other websites). A complete description can be found at this link:

Social Media Coordinator Job Description

To apply, please submit a resume to Scott Haney, Business Manager at business AT crmuniband.org prior to March 14. Anything submitted after this date might not be processed before the next Commission meeting.

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.

CRMB Auditions! 29 March and 5 April

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, a professional concert band that presents 18 (or more!) concerts in area parks, will hold its annual auditions on Friday, 29 March, and Friday, 5 April, in the band room at Cedar Rapids Washington High School at 2205 Forest Drive SE.

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

A typical concert week consists of a Monday evening rehearsal, followed by concerts on the following Wednesday and Sunday. This season, we have one additional Saturday afternoon performance.

We encourage all qualified musicians to apply. To sign up for an audition, please email Scott Haney (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.
  4. Instrument on which the musician will audition
  5. Desired date for the audition.

We strongly prefer that all auditions be scheduled by the Tuesday before the audition date (26 March and 2 April).

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 you have extenuating circumstances, please mention them, but we may not be able to adjust to them.
  3. Auditions each day will be from 6 PM to 9 PM. Audition will be around 7 minutes for winds, and 14 for percussion. Winds should bring their own instruments. Percussion should bring sticks/mallets only.

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 considered 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.

Ooops!

Finally missed the change of year and listed 2018 in our post about the Young Artist Competition. That post has been corrected. The PDF poster was correct, however. My apologies!

2019 Young Artist Competition

The 2019 Young Artist Competition will be held Wednesday, 17 April, at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. This is the ninth year of the YAC, and we heartily encourage you to 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 2019 CRMB season, 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, 5 April.

Commission Meeting 27 January

Meeting is moved up to 5 PM to avoid inclement weather tonight

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on Sunday, 27 January 2019, at Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus. The agenda will include financial reports, setting the venues for the 2019 concert season, and discussion of the Publicity Manager position.

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 30 September

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on 30 September 2018 at Marquis Hall on the Coe campus. Start time is 7 PM. We’ll discuss the 2018 season, budgets, and dig into possible venues for the 2019 season.