Week 7 is all about flutes. Well, and trombones. And other instruments, too. Like trumpets.

This week, the band returns to Cleveland Elementary School on Wednesday, July 17 and to Bever Park on Sunday, July 21.

At this concert:

• Iowa native Virginia Broffitt Kunzer, an Auburn University flute
professor, performs Faure’s “Fantasie”

• Young Artist Competition runner-up Megan Bennett performs the Artunian trumpet concerto

• Kennedy High School band director Jared Wacker guest conducts Dello Joio’s “Satiric Dances”

• The band performs music from “Star Wars, Episode IV” as well as well as a trombone feature
• Prairie High School student Mari Dawley sings the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

• Sunday night, The Coe College Youth Flute Ensemble will perform at 6:30

This week: Johnson STEAM Academy and Noelridge Park

On Wednesday night (7/10), we invite kids to become members of the band!

Bring the kids to Johnson STEAM Academy at 6:15 to make their own instruments. The kids will get to play a song with the band during the performance!

Also on Wednesday, students from Johnson STEAM Academy will perform at 6:30.

Dr. Michelle Blair rehearses the band for this week’s performance of “Blackbird.”

Both the Wednesday concert and the Sunday (7/14) performance at Noelridge Park will feature:

• Steve Shanley switching to the piano for a jazzy rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” joined by guest conductor Coe College orchestra conductor Dr. Michelle Blair, bassist Jonah Prall, and drummer Jeremiah de la Pena
• Music from “Aladdin”
• Linn-Mar High School student Aleah Dupree singing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

Celebrating the Fourth of July and more!

Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 pm: Guthridge Park in Hiawatha
Sunday, July 7, 7:30 pm: McGrath Amphitheater

At this concert:
• Hear all of your patriotic favorites as the band celebrates the Fourth of July
• Guest vocalist Amy Friedl Stoner sings from the Great American Songbook

Amy Friedl Stoner will perform three numbers with the band.

• Linn-Mar HS flutist Octavia Barbulescu, runner-up in the 2019 Young Artist Competition, performs a flute concerto
• Jefferson HS student Emily Hanisch will sing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication

Jefferson High School student Emily Hanisch in rehearsal with the band.

This week: Young Artist Competition winner Jaeden Hansen performs!

Wed, June 26, McGrath Amphitheater and Sun, June 30, Bever Park

The winner of the 2019 Young Artists Competition, hornist Jaeden Hansen, is a recent graduate from Linn-Mar High School. He has been involved in many aspects of the music program throughout his high school career including Wind Ensemble, Jazz 1 (in which he plays bass), Marching Lions, and Symphony Orchestra. Jaeden is a three year All-Stater, spending two years in the All-State Band and one year in the All-State Orchestra, sitting principal chair in both ensembles. As a junior, he earned “Best in Center” honors at the IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival. Jaeden is the 2019 recipient of the Steven J Colton Band Scholarship and the John Philip Sousa Band Award and plans to study music education next fall at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After one year of college he plans to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and then complete his degree at BYU.

Also on the program this week:

• Hear music from “West Side Story”
• Shivhan Dohse Morton and Drew Morton on a flute/bass version of “Ain’t No Sunshine”

• Kennedy HS band director Lesley Fleer will guest conduct a Spanish march

• Kennedy HS student Madelyn O’Brien will sing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication.

We’re ready to go at The History Center!

Still time to join us…or to listen on KMRY over the air or online!

Week three is historic!

The Municipal Band makes its historic first appearance at The History Center on June 19.

This week, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band makes its first-ever appearance at The History Center, which is now located in the stunning Douglas Mansion (800 2nd Ave. SE). We’re excited to collaborate with this important community organization that preserves and tells the stories of Linn County!

The concert at The History Center begins at 7:30, but you’ll want to arrive early to hear Steve Shanley discuss the music of John Williams. His talk begins at 6:30 inside The Douglas Mansion (cash bar available).

The Sunday night concert will be the band’s first appearance in Ellis Park this season. CR Jazz will perform a prelude concert at 6:30, and the Municipal Band will take the stage at 7:30.

This week’s highlights include:
• Music from Star Wars.
• Xavier High School flutist Callie Fay (runner up in the Young Artist Competition) and Iowa State bassoon professor Kevin Judge will be featured.
• Washington High School student Aryn Marner will sing the National Anthem and Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication.

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


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.