Rob Cline

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A Message from Steve Shanley

Catch the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at IBA! Iowa Band Director Friends: Going to IBA this year? Please join us for this year’s headline concert, presented at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, evening, May 9, by the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band. Enjoy complimentary beer, soda, and snacks while you …

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FINAL WEEK! Bagpipes and teddy bears at Noelridge and Bever

This is the final week of the 2023 Municipal Band season–and we’re going out with bagpipes! Glenn Chatfield will perform the first bagpipes solos in Muni Band history. Plus, everyone should bring their favorite stuffed animals for a parade during “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.” Music starts at 7:30 on August 2 in Noelridge Park and August …

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This week: Christmas in July! INSIDE at LINN-MAR High School

Dan Terrell takes to the podium this week to lead the band in a “Christmas in July” program! Join us Wednesday, July 26, at LINN-MAR HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM and Sunday, July 30, at McGrath Amphitheatre. Music starts at 7:30 pm and the performances will be livestreamed on the band’s Facebook page. The forecast says it …

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July 19 at Cleveland Elementary; July 23 at Bever Park

This week, we’ll feature two members of the band–Chris Hass on trumpet and Sara Danielson on piccolo–as well as Young Artist Contest runnerup Christian Maakestad on xylophone. The program also includes favorites from the musicial Wicked and the instantly recognizable music from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Wednesday performance at Cleveland Elementary School will …

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In memoriam: Jared Hills

A message from Dr. Shanley on the passing of Jared Hills, a beloved member of our band family: We are all mourning the loss of our friend, Jared Hills, who played in the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band for 54 years and also served as chair of the band commission. The first thing that came to …

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This week: July 12 at McGrath & July 16 at Ellis

This week, Ryan Smith–perhaps best known as a jazz musician–will be featured on a classical saxophone solo and the band will present “Roma,” a challenging piece by Valerie Coleman that mixes styles from Latin jazz to Turkish music. Other selections this week include an arrangement from Disney’s “Obi Wan Kenobi” series, a Duke Ellington medley, and …

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Guthridge and Kirkwood and Bever! Oh my!

You have three chances to hear the Municipal Band this week: Tuesday, July 4: Guthridge Park in Hiawatha — It’s our patriotic program featuring a wonderful performance by Young Artist Competition winner Jenna Scherrman, John Williams’ marches for the Star Wars series, the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, and of course plenty of music celebrating America! …

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Patriotic performances! Wed, 6/28 NOW AT KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL & Tue, 7/4 at Guthridge

It is time for one of the Municipal Band’s most anticipated concerts of the summer! Celebrate America with us on Wednesday, June 28, at Kennedy High School Auditorium (venue changed due to wildfire air quality issues) in Cedar Rapids and TUESDAY, July 4, at Guthridge Park in Hiawatha. Both performances will stream live on the …

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Week 3: Dr. Shanley returns for concerts at Johnson and Ellis

Join the Muncipal Band for concerts at Johnson STEAM Academy and Ellis Park this week. Dr. Steve Shanley takes to the podium for the first time this season! The Wednesday night concert starts at 6:30 p.m. with a prelude concert featuring the young students from the Harmony School of Music. The Muni Band takes the …

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Week 2: Cleveland Elementary School (not park!) & McGrath Amphitheatre

Join the Muni Band at Cleveland Elementary School and the McGrath Amphitheatre for performances featuring Blake Shaw!