At Bever tonight: Cedar Rapids Metro Area Youth Wind Ensemble

We have a special treat for you tonight: The Cedar Rapids Metro Area Youth Wind Ensemble! This group of talented high school musicians will perform tonight at 6:30 PM at our usual place at the Blake Boulevard SE entrance to Bever Park. They are led by area high school band directors Jim Miller and Steve Stickney. We hope you’ll come early tonight to enjoy the music of this very capable group of local students.

The Gazette today has a nice article on them, which you can read by clicking HERE.


Concert tonight at Bever with special preview concert!

Don’t miss our concert tonight at Bever Park!  A special preview concert will be held at 6:30 featuring the Cedar Rapids Area Youth Wind Ensemble.  Our regularly scheduled concert will begin at 7:30 with special guests this week Randy Gabrowski and Amy Schnedel on trumpet and Linn Mar High School vocalist Brooke Almasi.  Pack up those lawn chairs, picnic fare and the family for a beautiful night out in the park!

Tonight’s program:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, featuring Brooke Almasi, voice
  • The Rifle Regiment
  • Danse Bacchanale
  • Song and Dance, featuring Randy Grabowski, trumpet.
  • Alan Silvestri: A Night at the Movies
  • Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, featuring Amy Schendel, trumpet.
  • Salute to Bob Hope
  • The Friendly Rivals (Charles Godrey), featuring Randy Grabowski & Amy Schendel, trumpets
  • Selections from “The Mikado”
  • March-Olympia Hippodrome
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, featuring Brooke Almasi, voice

Farmer’s Market performance this Saturday CANCELLED

Due to standing water in Greene Square Park, which would make it impossible to set up our stage, we have been forced to cancel our Saturday, June 21 performance at the Cedar Rapids downtown Farmer’s Market.  Please join us for our next performance on Sunday, June 22 at Bever Park. The Cedar Rapids Youth Wind Ensemble will perform a 6:30 prelude concert you will not want to miss!

Concert Wednesday at Bowman Woods (Chatham Park)!

Pack up those lawn chairs and bring the family out to Bowman Woods this Wednesday, June 18 for another fantastic Cedar Rapids Municipal Band concert! Our concerts are always free and offer a little something for everyone. This week features two outstanding trumpeters, Randy Grabowski and Amy Schendel and the great voice of Linn-Mar student Brooke Almasi.  Hope to see you there!

This week’s program:

  • The Star Spangled Banner, featuring Brooke Almasi, voice
  • The Rifle Regiment (John Philip Sousa)
  • Danse Bacchanale (Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Leigh D. Steiger)
  • Song and Dance (Philip Sparke).  Featuring Randy Grabowski, trumpet.
  • Alan Silvestri: A Night at the Movies (arr. Michael Brown)
  • Nessun Dorma (Giacomo Puccini, arr. Les Taylor).  Featuring Amy Schendel, trumpet.
  • Salute to Bob Hope (arr. Warren Barker)
  • The Friendly Rivals (Charles Godrey).  Featuring Randy Grabowski & Amy Schendel, trumpets.
  • Selections from “The Mikado” (Gilbert & Sullivan, arr. E. Boettger)
  • March-Olympia Hippodrome (Russell Alexander)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, featuring Brooke Almasi, voice

Concert tonight at Ellis Park!

It’s going to be a beautiful summer evening for our concert tonight at Ellis Park!  Concert begins at 7:30PM.  This week’s guest artists include Lincoln Ginsberg from Washington High School on vocals and Christian Behrens on trombone.  Pack a snack and your lawn chair or blanket and we’ll see you out at the park!

This week’s program:
Star Spangled Banner, sung by Washington High School student Lincoln Ginsberg
Overture from “La Forza del Destino” (Giuseppe Verdi, arr. Mark Rogers)
Solid Men to the Front (John Philip Sousa)
Big Band Spectacular (arr. John Higgins)
What Cheer Rumble (composed by band member David Haupt!)
Variations on Barnacle Bill the Sailor (Robinson & Luther, arr. Frank)
        Featuring Christian Behrens, Bass Trombone (
National Emblem (E.E. Bagley)
Selections from Les Miserables (Claude-Michel Schonberg, arr. Warren Barker)
Whip and Spur Galop (Thomas S. Allen, arr. Ray Cramer)
Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, sung by Washington High School student Lincoln Ginsberg

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.