CR Municipal Band Concert Wednesday at Noelridge!

We have some amazing special guests this week!  Kentucky Derby bugler (and Cedar Rapids native) Steve Buttleman will amaze you with a simply gorgeous rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and invite two outstanding high school trumpeters to join him on Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday.  Ninth grade Hannah Langley will also impress on Carnival of Venice and everyone will enjoy music from Star Wars and other movie favorites.  Join us Wednesday night, 7:30-8:30, at Noelridge Park near the new playground!

This week’s program:

  • Star Spangled Banner, Ian Weiss, vocals, Washington High School
  • Chimes of Liberty (Edwin Franko Goldman)
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song (John Barnes Chance)
  • Carnival of Venice (arranged by Steve Shanley) featuring Hanna Langley, flute, Oakridge Middle School, Brett Dupree & Stephanie Nuss, conductors
  • Great Moments in Cinema (John Williams, arranged by Jay Bocook)
  • Nessun Dorma (Giacomo Puccini, arranged by Les Taylor) featuring Steve Buttleman, trumpet
  • Entry March of the Boyars (Johan Halvorsen, arranged by CliffordBarnes)
  • Bugler’s Holiday (Leroy Anderson) featuring Steve Buttleman, Morgan Eadie (Prairie High School), Caleb Burken (Xavier High School), trumpets
  • Tribute to Harold Arlen (arranged by James Kessler)
  • Leichtes Blut Galop (Johann Strauss, arranged by Glen Lienhart)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Ian Weiss, vocals, Washington High School

 

Czech us out at Bever Park Sunday evening!

It’s Czech week with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band!  We celebrate Cedar Rapids’ Czech heritage with some long-lost Czech gems in a variety of styles ranging from marches to beautiful lyrical pieces.  In addition to some fantastic Czech music, you will also enjoy a medley from Rent, Irving Berlin showstoppers, and a flashy xylophone solo by UNI professor Matt Andreini.  Sunday is looking to be a gorgeous evening for an outdoor concert!  Pack a picnic and your posse for a beautiful evening of music at Bever Park starting at 7:30!

This week’s program includes:

  • The Star-Spangled Banner, Madelyn O’Brien, Kennedy High School
  • “Our Heroes” March (Julius Fucik, arranged by Armin Suppan)
  • Selections from “Rent” (arranged by Jay Bocook)
  • Czech Suite (arranged by Paul Whear)
  • Horse and Buggy (Leroy Anderson)
  • March for Masaryk (Rudolf Obruca)
  • Steppin’ ‘Round (Cort McClaren, arranged by Al Anderson) featuring Matt Andreini, Xylophone
  • Fandango (Frank Perkins, arranged by Floyd Werle)
  • Irving Berlin Showstoppers (arranged by John Higgins)
  • Muziky, Muziky (Frantisek Kmoch)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Madelyn O’Brien, Kennedy High School

It’s Czech Week! See us Wednesday at Cleveland School!

It’s Czech week with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band!  In addition to some fantastic Czech music, you will also enjoy a medley from Rent, Irving Berlin showstoppers, and a flashy xylophone solo by UNI professor Matt Andreini.  We are excited to be back at beautiful Cleveland School and you can find us behind the school so you can enjoy good seating on the hill.  Pack a picnic and your friends!

This week’s program includes:

  • The Star-Spangled Banner, Madelyn O’Brien, Kennedy High School
  • “Our Heroes” March (Julius Fucik, arranged by Armin Suppan)
  • Selections from “Rent” (arranged by Jay Bocook)
  • Czech Suite (arranged by Paul Whear)
  • Horse and Buggy (Leroy Anderson)
  • March for Masaryk (Rudolf Obruca)
  • Steppin’ ‘Round (Cort McClaren, arranged by Al Anderson) featuring Matt Andreini, Xylophone
  • Fandango (Frank Perkins, arranged by Floyd Werle)
  • Irving Berlin Showstoppers (arranged by John Higgins)
  • Muziky, Muziky (Frantisek Kmoch)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Madelyn O’Brien, Kennedy High School

Concert Sunday at McGrath Amphitheatre!

It’s flute week with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band!  The Coe Youth Flute Ensemble and guest artist Sonja Giles, flute professor from Iowa State University, will perform.  Young Artist Competition Runner-Up Sam Kelly will also perform on clarinet and kids of all ages will love the Harry Potter medley and some mambo music!   Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the river while listening to some great music!

This week’s program:

  • Star-Spangled Banner, Ian Crumley, vocals, Linn-Mar High School
  • The Fairest of the Fair (John Philip Sousa)
  • Sea Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Adagio Tarentella (Ernesto Cavallini, arranged by George Waln) featuring Young Artist Competition Runner-Up Sam Kelly, Clarinet, Linn-Mar High School
  • Lassus Trombone (Henry Fillmore)
  • Pennywhistle Song (Leroy Anderson)
  • Coe College Youth Flute Ensemble, (Amy Sams, Director)
  • Harry Potter Symphonic Suite (John Williams, arranged by Robert W. Smith)
  • The Swiss Shepherd (Pietro Morlacchi, arranged by Nora Kile) featuring Sonja Giles, Flute, professor at Iowa State University
  • Blue Mambo (Michael Sweeney)
  • The Big Cage (Karl King, arranged by Andrew Glover)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Ian Crumley, vocals, Linn-Mar High School

Concert Sunday at Bever Park!

We have some new selections for this Sunday’s concert!  This week features our Young Artist Competition Winner, Gus Brown, on xylophone, in addition to movie favorites Superman and The Lion King.  Sunday looks to be a beautiful evening.  Gather your friends, family, lawn chairs, and a picnic and join us for a gorgeous evening in the park with great music!

This week’s program:

  • Star Spangled Banner, Calvin Chadima, vocals, Prairie High School
  • Superman March (John Williams, arranged by Paul Lavender)
  • Alligator Alley (Michael Daugherty)
  • The Lion King (arranged by John Higgins)
  • Travelin’ Music (arranged by Robert Sheldon)
  • Tambourin Chinois (Fritz Kreisler, arranged by Bill Holcombe) featuring Young Artist Competition Winner Gus Brown, Xylophone, Xavier High School
  • Beguine for Band (Glenn Osser)
  • Big Band Bash (arranged by Bob Lowden)
  • The Southerner (Russell Alexander)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Calvin Chadima, vocals, Prairie High School

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Celebrate the 4th of July with the CR Municipal Band!

Join us for a 4th of July celebration Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:30!  We have a fantastic line-up of patriotic favorites in addition to our Young Artist Competition winner Gus Brown on marimba and we will close out the concert with a children’s parade around the park to The Stars and Stripes Forever!  Gather your family and friends, a lawn chair and a picnic.  Perfect for those who may not want to fight the fireworks crowd, or those who would like to enjoy some great music before heading to a fireworks show.  Hope to see you there!

4th of July program:

  • The Star-Spangled Banner, Calvin Chadima, Prairie High School
  • Superman March (John Williams, arranged by Paul Lavender)
  • America the Beautiful (Ward/Bates, arranged by Carmen Dragon)
  • The Lion King (arranged by John Higgins)
  • Travelin’ Music (arranged by Robert Sheldon)
  • Tambourin Chinois (Fritz Kreisler, arranged by Bill Holcombe) Gus Brown, Xylophone (Young Artist Competition Winner from Xavier High School)
  • Armed Forces Salute (arranged by Bob Lowden)
  • Big Band Bash (arranged by Bob Lowden)
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Calvin Chadima, Prairie High School

Join us Sunday at Noelridge!

We begin our 4th of July celebration a little early this week at Noelridge Park, Sunday at 7:30!  Featured guest artist this week is Anthony Williams, trombone professor at UNI who will play a piece by local composer Mike Conrad.  Kids of all ages will love the medley from Moana and everyone will love the catchy trombone and clarinet features.  Join us for a beautiful Sunday evening at Noelridge from 7:30-8:30!

This week’s program:

  • The Star-Spangled Banner and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Lauren Flory on vocals, Washington High School
  • Overture from “William Tell” (Gioachino Rossini, arranged by Erik Leidzen) Lone Ranger, American hero
  • Selections from “Moana” (arranged by Jay Bocook)
  • Variations on “America” (Charles Ives, arranged by William Schuman/William E. Rhoads)
  • Sweet Trombone Rag (Al Sweet) featuring the CRMB trombone section
  • Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble, Mvt. 3 (Michael Conrad) featuring Anthony Williams, trombone
  • Clarinet Polka (arranged by Bruce R. Smith) featuring the CRMB clarinet section
  • Emblem of Unity (J.J. Richards)
  • Selections from “The Greatest Showman” (arranged by Paul Murtha)
  • Rough Riders (Karl King, arranged by James Swearingen)

 

Bring kids to Johnson School at 7:00 Wednesday to make their own instrument before the concert!

We begin our two-week patriotic celebration and feature the kids on a piece this Wednesday at the Johnson STEAM Academy playground!  We will begin making instruments at 7:00 before the concert and the kids will get to play with the band on a medley of music from Moana.  Featured guest artist this week is Anthony Williams, trombone professor at UNI who will play a piece by local composer Mike Conrad.  Bring your kids and lawn chairs to Johnson this Wednesday!  Instrument-making begins at 7:00, concert begins at 7:30!

This week’s program:

  • The Star-Spangled Banner and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Lauren Flory on vocals, Washington High School
  • Overture from “William Tell” (Gioachino Rossini, arranged by Erik Leidzen) Lone Ranger, American hero
  • Selections from “Moana” (arranged by Jay Bocook) featuring the kids of the audience on their percussion instruments!
  • Variations on “America” (Charles Ives, arranged by William Schuman/William E. Rhoads)
  • Sweet Trombone Rag (Al Sweet) featuring the CRMB trombone section
  • Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble, Mvt. 3 (Michael Conrad) featuring Anthony Williams, trombone
  • Clarinet Polka (arranged by Bruce R. Smith) featuring the CRMB clarinet section
  • Emblem of Unity (J.J. Richards)
  • Selections from “The Greatest Showman” (arranged by Paul Murtha)
  • Rough Riders (Karl King, arranged by James Swearingen)

 

See us Sunday at Bever Park!

If you love movie music, this week is a must attend!  Xavier High School Band Director Kelli Swehla takes over on the podium for the week with a great program that includes many audience favorites.  Enjoy the fast and flashy Festive Overture along with two John Williams movie favorites, and Neil Hefti’s “Cute” featuring Fabio Augustinis on drumset.  Something for everyone!  Gather your family and friends, a picnic and a blanket and join us at Bever Park, 7:30, for a beautiful summer evening of music!

  • Fanfare and Star-Spangled Banner (Moffitt)
  • Festive Overture (Shostokovich, arr. Hunsberger)
  • Make Our Garden Grow (Bernstein, arr. Kreines)
  • Mount Everest (Galante)
  • Purple Pageant (King)
  • Cute (Hefti, arr. Phillippe) featuring Fabio Augustinis on drumset
  • Shenandoah (arr. Ticheli)
  • March from 1941 (Williams, arr. Lavender)
  • Music from Jurassic Park (Williams, arr. Bocook)
  • Wedding Dance (Press, arr. Fennell/Johnston)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication