Week 6: The Bringer of WAR!

As in MARS, from Holst’s famous “The Planets,” of course, conducted by no less a personage than Jason Weinberger, conductor of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.

We’ll be at Taft Middle School on the NW side on Wednesday, and it looks like the weather will be much more clement than it was the last time we played Taft. It’s a bit sunny there, but it will be quite cool for July, so don’t be shy! Come out at 7:30, or listen on KMRY radio.

Sunday, we’re at Bever Park, one of the band’s favorite venues. And we have a special treat for you, a prelude concert at 6:30 by Die Tiefen Keller Kinder! My German is rusty (nay, non-existent), but that translates roughly as The Deep Cellar Children. If you’re as intrigued by that as I am, you’ll be there right at the downbeat.

This week, we’re featuring Keith Hammer on xylophone, playing the ridiculously challenging (and fun) “Helter-Skelter” by W. G. Lemon. Keith is the winner of this year’s Young Artist Competition, and when you hear him on this piece, you’ll know why.

The lineup for the week:

  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Overture for Winds (Carter)
  • The Free Lance March (Sousa)
  • Mars (1st Movement of The Planets, Holst)
  • March Slurrioso (Rosenkrans)
  • James Bond Suite (arr. Erickson)
  • Helter-Skelter (Lemon)
  • The March From “1941” (Williams)
  • The Girl in Satin (Anderson)
  • Circus Days (King)
  • Song of Dedication

Week Five: A Hat Trick of Concerts!

Greetings, music lovers! This week, the Municipal Band is playing THREE events, all free. This Wednesday, we’ll be at Noelridge Park near the lagoon at 7:30. We have a bonus concert on Saturday, 6 July, downtown at the Farmers Market in Greene Square Park — downbeat is at 10:00 AM sharp. (Well, not sharp…we’ll play in tune. Rimshot!) And we’ll end the week at 7:30 Sunday at Ellis Park.

In honor of our nation’s birth, our theme this week is America, and in keeping with this, some of our nation’s veterans will post the colors prior to our concert on Wednesday.

The program is:

  • Fanfare/Star Spangled Banner, vocals by Nathaniel Smale
  • American Overture for Band
  • American Patrol
  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me, with guest artist Kelsey Madsen
  • Armed Forces Salute
  • American Faces
  • America The Beautiful, with guest artist Kelsey Madsen
  • Americans We
  • Hoagy Carmichael
  • Mack the Knife, with guest artist Kelsey Madsen
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, vocals by Nathaniel Smale

Please join us in saluting our great nation!

Publicity Manager

UPDATE: WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! The application process on the city website has closed, but the Commission is still taking applications. Please look at the job description on the city’s site, then mail your application to maestrolaw@gmail.com. Please note that this is NOT a volunteer position, but a contract position.

The City Band Commission is accepting applications for a Publicity Manager for the Municipal Band. Duties may include (but are not limited to) working with sponsors, advertising, website management, social media, etc. The official description of the position can be found on the Cedar Rapids official site — just click here. (Pops to new window.) All who are interested are encouraged to apply.

Week 4: Sokol Park and Bever Park

We have a great program for you this week. Wednesday, we’re at Sokol Park in the Czech Village at 7:30. Our theme this week is quite international, with music from Spain, Latin America, Russia, Scotland, the USA…and of course we’ll have Czech music as well! Walk, ride, or bike on down.

On Sunday, we’ll be once again at Bever Park, and there will be a prelude concert at 6:30 by the Cedar Brass, a group of young brass players. They’re quite good.

The lineup:

  • Star Spangled Banner featuring Molly Brandt, Voice
  • Procession of the Nobles (Rimsky-Korsakov, trans. Leidzen)
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Polka (Loesser & DeLugg, arr. Paul Yoder)
  • Madrid Inspiration (arr. by Masanori Kato), featuring Kenneth Tse on Alto Saxophone
  • Entry of the Gladiators (Fucik, arr. Balent)
  • Ye Banks and Braes O Bonnie Doon (Percy Grainger)
  • Lerner and Loewe in Concert (arr. Warren Barker)
  • Lassus Trombone (Henry Fillmore)
  • Oliver’s Birthday (Bruce Broughton), featuring Lee Stickney, Trumpet
  • Golden Jubilee March (Sousa)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, again featuring Molly Brandt’s vocals

This concert will be broadcast LIVE on KMRY radio, 1450 AM and 93.1 FM.

Commission Meeting 26 June 2013

The City Band Commission will meet on Wednesday, 26 June, at Sokol Park. Time is 6:45 PM, just prior to the concert.

Proposed agenda:

Call to Order – Chair Robert Sadilek

Minutes of previous meeting – Law

Financial Report – Law

New Business:

    • Approve proposed budget for 2013-2014
    • Rewrite Business manager job description.

Additional items for Discussion

Week 3: Ushers Ferry and Ellis

Concerts this week at Ushers Ferry Historic Village on Wednesday and Ellis Park on Sunday. Featured artists are Slayton Thompson on harmonica, euphonium players David Neff and Blaine Cunningham, and vocalist Rosa Lemos.

You can hear Wednesday’s concert LIVE at 7:30 PM CDT (12:30 AM GMT) on KRMY 93.1 FM, 1450 AM, and http://www.kmryradio.com/listen-live/

On Sunday, be sure to show up early! Prelude concert by the New Horizons Band, under the direction of Alan Lawrence, on Sunday at 6:30 PM.

We have a great lineup of tunes this week, including:

  • Star Spangled Banner, sung by Rosa Lemos
  • The Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed
  • Galaxy March by Frank Piersol
  • Duke Ellington! by Duke Ellington, arr. by Calvin Custer
  • Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael, arr. by Warren Barker, featuring Slayton Thompson on harmonica
  • The Fairest of the Fair by John Philip Sousa, edited by Frederick Fennell
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance
  • The Wrong Note Rag from “Wonderful Town” by Leonard Bernstein, arr. by Ted Ricketts
  • The Days of Wine and Roses by Henry Mancini, arr. by Steve Shanley, featuring Slayton Thompson on harmonica
  • The Melody Shop by Karl King, arr. by Andrew Glover, featuring David Neff and Blaine Cunningham on euphonium
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication by Larry Barrett, sung by Rosa Lemos

Be assured that the band worked very hard to make sure every “wrong note” in The Wrong Note Rag is exactly the CORRECT wrong note! And you absolutely need to hear Slayton…the man is amazing.


Week 2: Taft Middle School and Bever Park

We have another great week of music for you! Wednesday (12 June), we will be at Taft Middle School on E Avenue NW. We’ve not been able to play there for a while due to the geothermal system installation, so we’re looking forward to being in that part of town again.

Sunday, 16 June, we’ll be at Bever Park. If you’re not regularly in that area, please be aware that parts of Blake Boulevard and Bever Avenue are closed due to construction. Bever has a relatively well-marked detour, but Blake does not. (Blake is closed between Forest Drive and Grande Avenue, but otherwise open.) Please check a map as necessary.

This week, our program is dedicated to the fathers in the crowd and in the band. Our selections are:

  • Star Spangled Banner, sung by Erin Coker, Kennedy High School
  • Eternal Father, Strong to Save (Claude T. Smith)
  • U.S. Field Artillery March (John Philip Sousa)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Symphonic Portrait (arr. Jerry Nowak)
  • Your Father’s Mustache (Wes Tompkins)
  • The Sea Shells Waltz (Frederick Neil Innes, edited by Chris Buckholz) Featuring Chris Buckholz, trombone (http://chrisbuckholz.com/)
  • Louis Armstrong Revival Selection (arr. Willy Hautvast)
  • Alligator Alley (Michael Daugherty)
  • His Honor (Henry Fillmore)
  • Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, sung by Erin Coker, Kennedy High School

See you there! And remember…if in doubt concerning the weather, call the hotline at 261-2762 (261-CRMB).

Trivia Time!

Francis Scott Key wrote what we now know as our national anthem during the Battle of Baltimore, which began on 13 September 1814 and ended the following morning. Key was a lawyer by vocation. He had boarded the British ship Tonnant with an American colonel to negotiate the release of prisoners, including a prominent citizen named Beale.

Unfortunately, dinner on the Tonnant had left Key and his companion with knowledge of the British fleet, as well as the fact that they planned to attack Baltimore. So Key and a few other Americans had to watch the assault on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry from the deck of an enemy vessel! In the early morning hours of 14 September, he saw that the American flag still flew, and as Key was a poet by avocation, he wrote four stanzas describing the attack.

“Defence of Fort McHenry” was published on 20 September 1814, but later became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Baltimore Patriot listed the tune as “Anacreon in Heaven,” which was written by John Stafford Smith of the Anacreontic Society, which was a gentlemen’s club in London for amateur musicians of good social status. The name comes from the Greek court poet Anacreon, who was quite the entertainer in his day. The Anacreontic Society itself regularly presented concerts of music for the public.

Woodrow Wilson declared by executive order in 1916 that it should be played at government occasions, but it wasn’t until 1931 that Iowa’s own Herbert Hoover signed legislation declaring it our national anthem.

In short…it was an Iowan who gave our nation its first (and thus far only) official anthem, and the tune was written by a group dedicated to free public concerts! And we are very happy to play the anthem at every one of our concerts for you.

Week 1: Greene Square Park and Ellis Park

The 63rd Municipal Band season is underway! We had a great rehearsal on Monday, and we’re looking forward to playing for you. This week, we are at Greene Square Park on Wednesday, 5 June, and at Ellis Park on Sunday, 9 June. Both concerts start at 7:30 PM.

Here is the program:

  • Fanfare and Star Spangled Banner (Key), sung by student vocalist Madelyn Carlson of Washington HS
  • Iowa Band Law (by Karl King, dedicated to the very legislation that helps make this band possible!)
  • Declaration Overture (Smith)
  • I’ve Made My Plans for the Summer (Sousa), with guest vocalist Angela Billman
  • Shenandoah (Ticheli)
  • Horse and Buggy (Anderson)
  • Second Suite in F (Holst)
  • Best Broadway Marches(arr. Christensen)
  • I Dreamed a Dream (yep, from Les Miserables), with Angela
  • Circus Bee (Fillmore)
  • The Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication, with Madelyn

See you there!

PS For those of you who aren’t sure you want to attend…”I’ve Made My Plans for the Summer” is a WALTZ by Sousa — he even wrote the lyrics. You really ought to hear it.

Strike up the band!

Our first concert is only a week away! We’ll open our season next Wednesday, 5 June, at Greene Square Park. Our guest artist will be Angela Billman, favorite of local theater productions. She will will sing John Philip Sousa’s “I’ve Made My Plans for the Summer” and “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. And then we’ll do it AGAIN on Sunday, 9 June, at Ellis Park!

We can’t predict Iowa weather a week in advance, so check here for updates or call the hotline at 261-CRMB (2762) that day.