Concert TONIGHT at Noelridge Park!

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band plays tonight (11 June) at 7:30 PM at Noelridge Park on the northeast side, near the lagoon. The program for this week includes:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, sung by guest vocalist Lincoln Ginsberg
  • Overture from “La Forza del Destino”
  • Solid Men to the Front
  • Big Band Spectacular
  • What Cheer Rumble, written by CRMB’s very own David Haupt
  • Variations on Barnacle Bill the Sailor, with guest artist Christian Behrens on bass trombone
  • National Emblem
  • Selections from Les Miserables
  • Whip and Spur Galop
  • The Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, with Lincoln Ginsberg

The weather is gorgeous today, so come on out! But if you can’t make it, you can catch us LIVE on KMRY Radio.


Hear us TONIGHT at Bever Park

We’ll be at the Blake Boulevard entrance to Bever Park tonight, downbeat at 7:30. I don’t think we could ask for better weather tonight, either. See you there!

Concert TONIGHT at Greene Square Park!

You are invited to bring your lawn chairs and join us for our first 2014 band concert this evening at Greene Square Park, starting at 7:30 p.m. The program will include:

  • Star Spangled Banner, sung by Xavier high school student Meredith Diebold
  • The Iowa Band Law by Karl King (special guest conductor!)
  • Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold, arr. John Paynter
  • Sophisticated Ladies by Duke Ellington, arr. John Edmondson
  • Daughters of Texas by John Philip Sousa
  • Reflective Mood by Sammy Nestico, with special guest Anthony Williams on trombone
  • Shepherd’s Hey by Percy Grainger
  • Selections from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, arr. Warren Barker
  • Pie in the Face Polka by Henry Mancini, arr. Johnnie Vinson, featuring Christine Bellomy on clarinet
  • The Screamer by Fred Jewell
  • Song of Dedication by Larry Barrett, with Meredith Diebold

Come join us as we begin the 2014 season at Greene Square Park!

Band Commission Meeting 25 June 2014

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session to review fiscal year 14 on 25 June 2014 at Taft Middle School (outdoors, at the concert venue for that evening). The meeting will start at 6:15 PM. The agenda include review of FY14 financial data, discussion of FY15 budget (specifically, the line items under which expenditures are tracked), and any items left from the last meeting.

This is an outdoor meeting. In the event that the concert is cancelled due to inclement weather, the Commission will postpone the meeting to Sunday, 29 June 2014, at Ellis Park.

City Band Commission Meeting 21 March 2014

The City Band Commission will have both a formal meeting and a working session on Friday, 21 March 2014. Sessions will start at 5 PM at the Washington High School band room at 2205 Forest Drive SE.

The working session relates to auditions for new personnel. The formal session includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Budget adjustments for 2014 (if required by city policy)
  • Budget adjustments for 2015
  • Publicity Manager
  • Financial Report
  • Band Logo
  • Approvals of minutes and other items.
  • Auditions and review of absence policies with regard to IAM activities

The formal session is a public meeting, but the auditions are not.


2014 Auditions!

Cedar Rapids Municipal Band Auditions 2014 

Auditions will be held on Friday, March 21st and Sunday, March 23rd in the Cedar Rapids Washington High School Band Room.

Openings for: Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trombone, and Percussion. Other instrument openings are possible and substitutes are needed on all instruments, particularly Oboe this year.

We encourage all qualified musicians to apply. To sign up for an audition, please e-mail, call, or text Scott Haney and leave a message indicating the following:

1. The name of the person auditioning
2. The musician’s e-mail address and/or phone number
3. The instrument(s) the musician will play

Audition Dates and Times:  

Friday, March 21st 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Sunday, March 23rd 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Contact Scott Haney as needed regarding schedule conflicts.

Musicians will be evaluated primarily on sight-reading ability, but all are welcome to play an excerpt of one’s own choice (not to exceed 60 seconds) to warm up and get comfortable.  The passage may be from a solo, etude, or piece of band music.  Please bring along a brief resume.

Scott Haney
Business Manager

Fourth Annual Young Artist Competition on 22 April!

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When: Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-9:30 PM

(If you are interested in auditioning, but unable to attend on this date, please contact Mr. Shanley.)

Where: Cedar Rapids Washington High School band room

Who: Woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists in grades 9 through 12 who live in Linn County or attend a high school in Linn County and who participate in their school band program.

Audtion Material: Applicants should prepare a solo or solo excerpt for the audition; use of an accompanist is recommended, but not required. Audition pieces do not need to have a published band accompaniment.

For more information or to register, contact CRMB Conductor Steve Shanley at [email][/email].

2014 Auditions

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band will hold auditions on 21 March 2014 (Friday evening) and 23 March 2014 (Sunday afternoon). The auditions will be held at the Washington High School band room, 2205 Forest Drive SE in Cedar Rapids.

You may audition for available full positions, or audition to be a substitute player. We do not have a complete list of available full positions yet, but we will soon and will share that information as soon as we have it. If you are already on the substitute list but haven’t played with the band for a while, or feel you’ve improved and wish to be ranked higher, you may re-audition this year.

The audition will take no more than seven minutes for wind players and 14 for percussionists. It consists of sight reading several selections chosen by the conductor.

If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Scott, our Business Manager, at 431-9649 or email him at this address: business AT crmuniband DOT org [make the appropriate substitutions there, of course. We want musicians, not spammers!].

2014 Concert Schedule now available

The CRMB 2014 concert schedule is now up. Sure, it’s a long time from now, but thinking about a warm summer full of great music is getting me through this winter!

We have TWO Saturday concerts at the Downtown Farmers Market. We’re also performing in conjunction with the Freedom Festival and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. We’re also playing at Hooverfest.

All concerts (except Hooverfest) are free to the public. C’mon down and check things out. Click here for the schedule.

Commission Meeting 26 January 2014, 5 PM to 7 PM (time change)

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session on 26 January 2014 from 5 to 7 PM at Marquis Hall on the Coe College Campus. Agenda shall include a financial report, setting the 2014 performance schedule, and setting audition dates for open positions. This meeting is open to the public.