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

The CR Municipal Band Will Kick Off BBQ Roundup Thursday Night at 8:15!

Join us for a special event and time this Thursday!  Our concert will begin at the McGrath Amphitheatre at 8:15 to kick off the 30th Annual BBQ Roundup.  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!  *Please note that as a Freedom Festival event, the BBQ Roundup and this concert do require a Freedom Festival button which can be purchased for $5.  Bring your lawn chair or sit on the wall and enjoy some great BBQ and 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

 

 

Commission Meeting 28 June 2018

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on Thursday, 28 June 2018, at 6:30 PM in the Children’s Room at the CR Public Library. This is the end-of-fiscal-year meeting, which will include an informal review of the year’s spending.

The perfect way to spend father’s day: Cedar Rapids Municipal Band concert!

The dads and grand-dads in your life will love finishing their day with the Cedar Rapids Municipal band on Sunday at Ellis!  This week’s program features our own: Joe Perea on steel pans, Christine Bellomy on klezmer clarinet, and Caleb Lambert on trombone.  The kids will enjoy hearing a medley from “Frozen,” the slightly older kids (and fun-loving adults) will enjoy music from “The Avengers,” we have a medley of marches from the biggest Broadway hits, and we close it out with one of the most popular calypsos of all time.  Find us near the river at Ellis and get there early to hear CR Jazz at 6:15!

This week’s program includes:

  • National Anthem, Sophie Lindwall, Washington High School
  • Fanfare Prelude on “God of Our Fathers” (James Curnow)
  • Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman! (Béla Kovács, arranged by Steve Shanley) Christine Bellomy, Clarinet
  • Symphonic Highlights from “Frozen” (arranged by Stephen Bulla)
  • Annie Laurie (Arthur Pryor, arranged by Albert Davis) Caleb Lambert, Trombone
  • The Avengers (Alan Silvestri, arranged by Michael Brown)
  • Florentiner March (Julius Fucik, arranged by Frederick Fennell)
  • Czardas (Vittorio Monti, arranged by Andrew Glover) Joe Perea, Steel Pans
  • Best Broadway Marches (arranged by James Christensen)
  • Jump in the Line (Harry Belafonte, arranged by Micahel Brown) Joe Perea, Steel Pans
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Sophie Lindwall, Washington High School

Cedar Rapids Municipal Band Concert Wednesday with the Marion Community Band!

Wednesday is a special joint concert with the Marion Community Band in Lowe Park!  This week’s program features our own: Joe Perea on steel pans, Christine Bellomy on klezmer clarinet, and Caleb Lambert on trombone.  The kids will enjoy hearing a medley from “Frozen,” the slightly older kids (and fun-loving adults) will enjoy music from “The Avengers,” we have a medley of marches from the biggest Broadway hits, and we close it out with one of the most popular calypsos of all time.  The Marion Community Band plays at 7:00 and we follow at 8:00!

This week’s program includes:

  • National Anthem, Sophie Lindwall, Washington High School
  • Fanfare Prelude on “God of Our Fathers” (James Curnow)
  • Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman! (Béla Kovács, arranged by Steve Shanley) Christine Bellomy, Clarinet
  • Symphonic Highlights from “Frozen” (arranged by Stephen Bulla)
  • Annie Laurie (Arthur Pryor, arranged by Albert Davis) Caleb Lambert, Trombone
  • The Avengers (Alan Silvestri, arranged by Michael Brown)
  • Florentiner March (Julius Fucik, arranged by Frederick Fennell)
  • Czardas (Vittorio Monti, arranged by Andrew Glover) Joe Perea, Steel Pans
  • Best Broadway Marches (arranged by James Christensen)
  • Jump in the Line (Harry Belafonte, arranged by Micahel Brown) Joe Perea, Steel Pans
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Sophie Lindwall, Washington High School

CR Municipal Band Concert Sunday at Bever!

We dodged the rain on Wednesday night and hoping for a beautiful night on Sunday so we can perform this fantastic program one more time!   Lynn Rothrock sings with the band this week on two children’s movie favorites, a D-Day tribute, and a favorite by Iowa’s own Karl King!  Gather your friends and family and join us for a beautiful evening of music in the park.  The Municipal Band starts at 7:30, but you’ll want to come early to hear the New Horizons Band at 6:15!

This week’s program:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, Kaden Schilling, Voice, Prairie High School
  • Iowa Band Law (Karl King)
  • First Suite in E-flat (Gustav Holst)
  • When She Loved Me (Randy Newman, arr. Steve Shanley) Lynne Rothrock, Voice
  • American Salute (Morton Gould, arr. Philip J. Lang)
  • Big Band Tribute (arr. John Wasson)
  • Arabesque (Samuel Hazo)
  • Almost There (Randy Newman, arr. Steve Shanley) Lynne Rothrock, Voice
  • Hit Me With a Hot Note, Lynne Rothrock, Voice
  • The Southerner (Russell Alexander)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Kaden Schilling, Voice, Prairie High School

Our season begins Wednesday at Greene Square Park!

Our summer season has arrived and we start the first week with a packed program!  Lynn Rothrock sings with the band this week on two children’s movie favorites, we honor the anniversary of D-Day with a special tribute, and our very own Mayor Ron Corbett conducts a piece for the band!  Gather your friends and family and celebrate the start of summer with us this Wednesday at Greene Square Park.  The Municipal Band starts at 7:30, but you’ll want to come early to hear the Cedar Rapids Metro Youth Wind Ensemble at 6:30!

This week’s program:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, Kaden Schilling, Voice, Prairie High School
  • Iowa Band Law (Karl King)
  • First Suite in E-flat (Gustav Holst)
  • When She Loved Me (Randy Newman, arr. Steve Shanley) Lynne Rothrock, Voice
  • American Salute (Morton Gould, arr. Philip J. Lang)
  • Big Band Tribute (arr. John Wasson)
  • Arabesque (Samuel Hazo)
  • Almost There (Randy Newman, arr. Steve Shanley) Lynne Rothrock, Voice
  • Hit Me With a Hot Note, Lynne Rothrock, Voice
  • The Southerner, Lynne Rothrock, Voice
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, Kaden Schilling, Voice, Prairie High School

Young Artist Competition 2018 Winner: Gus Brown!

CRMB is proud to announce that Gus Brown has won the 2018 Young Artist Competition.

A junior at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he began drum set lessons at age 4 with Gabe Brown of American Idol and Helforstout fame. Shortly after, snare and drum set instructor Ryan Hoagland took him on as a student. Gus’ first performances were with the St. Joseph Catholic School middle school jazz band in third grade, the middle school concert band in fourth grade and as the LaSalle Catholic School show choir drummer the same year.

Tom Mackey, with Orchestra Iowa, the Des Moines Symphony and the CR Municipal Band, began private concert band percussion instruction with Gus in 2011. Later that year jazz drummer Matt Bernamann started private lessons with him. Gus continues weekly private lessons with Tom, Ryan, and Matt. Under the guidance of Xavier High School Band Director Kelli Swehla he began marching with the Xavier High School marching band in 7th grade. He also joined Xavier High School’s Jazz Band Two in 8th grade. Currently, Gus performs with Xavier High School’s marching band, concert band, jazz band, Xhilaration show choir band, liturgical music group and the drama pit orchestras.

He attended the Luther College summer music camps from 2011 through 2014 under the instruction of Juan Tony Gúzman. Gus attended the Monterey Jazz Festival High School summer camp the last three summers studying with instructors Terri Lynn Carrington, Jeff Hamilton, Paul Cantos, and Vince Lateano. Gus also attended the Music For All Concert Percussion camp during the summer of 2017 at Ball State University. He was selected to the Iowa High School All State Orchestra in 2017 as a percussionist. Gus earned an alternate selection with the 2018 3A High School All State Jazz Band on the drum set. He has been a member of Coe College High School Honor concert band for two years, the NEIBA Honor Concert Band for one years, the NEIBA Honor Jazz Band for two years, the Cedar Rapids Youth Wind Ensemble for two years, and the 2018 North Corridor All Star Jazz Band. Gus earned many Division 1 ratings for State and City solo contests and earned best of center in 2017 (marimba) and 2018 (timpani).

During the summer of 2017 Gus organized the inaugural Percussion Camp at Xavier High School for musicians from kindergarten through 8th grade. That fall Gus performed with The Gabe Medd Duo as one of the Corridor’s top high school jazz musicians for Gabe’s Homecoming concert. Gus is a member of the National Honor Society.

Gus would like to thank his drum teachers Ryan, Matt, and Tom for their instruction and friendship through his years of lessons. He would like to extend a special thank you to Tom Mackey and Kelli Swehla for the many opportunities to perform and extend his musical growth. Gus would like to thank his family, parents Jerry and Dr. Holly Brown, and his sisters Michaela, Kesson and Cathryn.