Band auditions! 31 March-1 April

Folks, our annual auditions happen soon! They will be on Friday evening (31 March) and Saturday daytime (1 April). The auditions consist almost entirely of sight reading. As such, the process is about 7 minutes for winds, and 14 for percussion. We have known openings for Flute and Clarinet, but we are always in need of substitute players, so auditions on all instruments are open.

Slots are on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee any particular time or day for an audition.

Please click here for the PDF with all relevant information!

See you there!

New CR City Budget Information Available

CRMB 2023 Young Artist Competition

Registration for the 2023 Young Artist Competition is now OPEN! This competition is open to woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 9-12 who live or attend school in Linn County and participate in their school band program. Applicants should prepare a solo or solo excerpt 5-6 minutes long. We recommend the use of an accompanist, but this is not required.

The winner will be a featured guest soloist during one week of the CRMB 2023 season. Winner will also receive the Margaret Kegel Memorial Scholarship, worth $650. Runners-up may also be named, winning a cash prize of $250.

Eligible students may register for an audition time at or by contacting CRMB Conductor Steve Shanley at

The complete flyer can be found by clicking here. Please share it with interested parties! Registration closes on 8 April, so don’t delay.

Band Commission Meeting 29 January 2023

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on Sunday, 29 Jan 2023, at 7 PM on the first floor of Marquis Hall at Coe College. Agenda:

  • Minutes of previous meeting
  • Financial Report
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Engagement
    • Compensation
    • Audition
  • Old Business
    • Equipment Upgrades
    • Inventory
    • Stage Manager
    • Band booster organization
  • New Business
  • Public Comment

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 as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event.

Commission Meeting 13 November 2022

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on 13 November 2022 at 7 PM in Marquis Hall at Coe College. Proposed agenda:

  1. Minutes of previous meeting
  2. Financial reports
    • FY23 Revenue
    • FY23 Expenditures
    • Account Report
  3. Old Business
    • Equipment upgrades
    • Venues
    • Inventory
  4. New Business
    • Proposal for restructuring staff and Commissioners for better engagement
    • Clarification of job descriptions for on-site work at concerts.
    • Contract for management of rehearsal space at Washington HS.
    • Contract for use of Wash PPA truck to pull trailer.
    • Discussion of options regarding future use of truck.
  5. Public Comments

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 as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event.

It’s the final week of the season!

Hard to believe, but we have arrived at the end of the 2022 season. This week, join us at Noelridge Park on Wednesday, August 3 and at Bever Park on Sunday, August 7. The Muni Band takes the stage at 7:30 pm. On Sunday night, arrive early for a 6:30 pm concert by the Eastside Brass Quintet.

Both Municipal Band performances can be viewed live on the band’s Facebook page. The Sunday performance can be heard on KMRY.

The performances will feature Isabella Anderson, Young Artist Competition Runner-Up, on flute as well as Luke Sanders on guitar. We will also celebrate the amazing legacy of longtime CR music educator Luman Colton.

Luke Sander is this week’s guitar hero.

The Program:

  • Overture to “Candide” (Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Clare Grundman)
  • Fantasie (Gabriel Faure, arranged by Robert Webb)
    Isabella Anderson, Flute (Young Artist Competition Runner-Up)
  • Milestone March (Frank Piersol)
    Kristi Schamberger, Conductor
  • Music from “Jurassic Park” (John Williams, arr. Jay Bocook)
  • Fairest of the Fair (John Philip Sousa)
  • “After ‘Fairest of the Fair’” from Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa (Ira Hearshen)
    Myron Peterson, Conductor
  • Fingerpick meets Blasmusick (Mario Parizek, arranged by Hermann Delago)
    Luke Sanders, Guitar
  • Whip and Spur Galop (Thomas Allen, arr. Ray Cramer)

Brass vs. Woodwinds!

This week, the band divides for an epic battle…wait…er…epic concert!

Join us Wednesday, July 27 at Bowman Woods Elementary and Sunday, July 31 at Ellis Park. Concert time is 7:30 pm and you can watch the concerts live on our Facebook page or listen to the Sunday evening concert on KMRY radio.

Steve Shanley conducts the brass choir (top) and Lesley Fleer leads the woodwind choir.

Brass Choir Program

Fanfare from “La Peri” (Paul Dukas)
Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney, arranged by Seb Skelly)
Quidditch, from “Harry Potter” (John Williams)
Somebody to Love (Freddie Mercury, arranged by Seb Skelly)
Game of Thrones (Ramin Djawadi, arranged by Nick Fife)
Drinking Song (Brindisi) from “La Traviata” (Giuseppe Verdi, arranged by Marc Oliver)
Here Comes the Sun (George Harrison, arranged by Seb Skelly)

Woodwind Choir Program

Fanstasy on Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
Il Re Pastore
Folksongs from Somerset
Orinoco Cocoa
Irish Tune from County Derry
Prelude from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Heliotrope Bouquet

Week 7 — Kirkwood CC and McGrath Amphitheatre

Join the Muni Band this week at Kirkwood Community College on Wednesday, July 20, and at McGrath Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 24.

Concert time is 7:30 pm. You can watch the performances live on Facebook and hear the Sunday concert on KMRY radio.

Now, you may have heard a certain conductor (we shall not name him here, but his initials are Steve Shanley) suggest that the Kirkwood concert will be held indoors. It will not. We include a map here to show you where the concert will be held and where you will be able to park.

Be alert for construction on campus! And bring your lawn chair!

Festive Overture (Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Hunsberger)
Sabre and Spurs (John Philip Sousa, arr. Fennell)
Rhapsody for Euphonium (James Curnow) — Caleb Lambert, euphonium
The Little Mermaid (Alan Menken, arr. Bocook)
Concertpiece No. 2 (Felix Mendelssohn) — Christine Bellomy & Thiago Ancelmo, clarinet
Chicago Tribune March (W. Paris Chambers)
Theme from “The Magnificent Seven” (Elmer Bernstein, arr. Paul Yoder)
Rolling Thunder (Henry Fillmore, arr. Fennell)

Juggle Your Schedule for the Wed. Night Concert!

This week, the Wednesday night performance will include a juggling performance by Benjamin Domask-Ruh as Cedar Rapids welcomes the 75th Annual International Jugglers Convention to town! Join us on July 13 at The History Center to catch (see what we did there?) this special event.

If you can’t attend in person, you can tune in on our Facebook page.

While there won’t be juggling on Sunday night, July 17, in Ellis Park, there will still be plenty of wonderful music. Whether in-person, on Facebook, or on KMRY radio, we hope you will join us!


  • Slava! (Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Clare Grundman)
  • Bring Him Home (Schonberg, Boublil, & Kretzmer, arranged by Mark Armstrong)
    Luke Lovegood, Voice
  • Brighton Beach (William P. Latham)
  • Introduction, Theme and Variations (Gioacchino Rossini, transcribed by
    Marco Tamanini)
    Madeline Nuss, Clarinet (Young Artist Competition Runner-Up)
  • You Raise Me Up (Rolf Løvland & Brendan Graham, arranged by John Wasson)
    Luke Lovegood, Voice
  • Symphonic Beatles (arranged by John Cacavas)
  • Jump, Jive, an’ Swing (arr. Paul Murtha)
  • Sabre Dance (Khatchaturian, arr. Marc Oliver)
  • The Big Cage (Karl King, arranged by Andrew Glover)
At Ellis Park, you’ll get to see our new background banner. It really makes the band “pop!”

Week 5: Around the world…and to a galaxy far, far away

The band celebrated America in during week four. For week five, we travel around the globe and beyond.

Way beyond.

Join us this week at Cleveland School on Wednesday, July 6 and in Bever Park on Sunday, July 10.

Concerts can also be viewed live on the band’s Facebook page and the Sunday evening performance can be heard live on KMRY radio.

The Program:

Toccata Marziale (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
African Samba (Adam Gorb)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (John Williams, arranged by Jay Bocook)
Clarinet Polka (arranged by Bruce R. Smith)
Piccolo Espagnol (James Christensen) Rose Bishop, Piccolo; Bill Carson, Guest Conductor
Albanian Dance (Shelley Hanson)
Hoagy Carmichael: An American Classic (arr. James Kessler)
Hungarian Dance (Tchaikovsky, arr. Wil Van der Beek)
Leichtes Blut Galop (Johann Strauss, arranged by Glen Lienhart)