Clearing skies and Mini Muni Music

After a rainy week, it looks likely that the weather will clear for Sunday evening’s edition of Mini Muni Music featuring our saxophone quartet.

Join us on Facebook at 7 pm on September 13 to hear Bruce Western, Laura Drzycimski, Lisa Wissenberg, and Jim Arndt in the first appearance by the saxophones this year.

The concerts continue on Wednesday, September 16 and Sunday, September 20. On Wednesday evening, a woodwind trio featuring Shivhan Dohse, Christine Bellomy, and Matt Ransom. Then on Sunday, you can enjoy a clarinet quartet featuring Christine Bellomy, Pam Patrick, Beth Davies, and Nick Carlo.

Also, KRMY radio continues to rebroadcast Mini Muni Music performances on Sunday evenings at 6 pm. You can listen at 93.1 FM, 1450 AM, or online here.

Mini Muni Music — 9/2 & 9/6

The popular Mini Muni Music series rolls into September with a clarinet quartet on Wed., Sept. 2, and a brass quintet on Sun., Sept. 6.

The concerts will be live streamed on the Municipal Band’s Facebook page. Concerts start at 7 pm and are not archived–so you have to catch them live!


Clarinet Quartet — September 2
Theme: Spooky Groundhog Day 2020 featuring music from The Addams Family, Edgar Winter’s Frankenstein, the Ghostbusters Theme, In The Hall of the Mountain King, and more.
Christine Bellomy
Lisa Wissenberg
Kim Cassisa
Joe Dieker

Brass Quintet — September 6
Denny Hodge
Kelli Swehla
Doreen Anderson
Doug Anderson
Ben Anderson

Trombones, Woodwind Trio next up for Mini Muni Music performances

Join us on Sunday, August 30, at 7 pm for a livestream performance by our trombone quartet. Performers will include:

Joel Nagel
Caleb Lambert
Robert Parker
Doug Anderson

Music will include: James Bond, Simon & Garfunkel, Russian Sailors Dance, the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony, and more.

The performance will be dedicated to the memory of longtime Municipal Band Member Lee Dytrt.

Then on Wednesday, September 2, at 7 pm we will feature a woodwind trio.

Mini Muni Music concerts stream live on our Facebook page, but are not archived for future viewing.

However, KMRY is airing past performances on Sunday evenings at 6 pm. On August 30, they will feature our woodwind quintet, and on September 6, the will rebroadcast our euphonium and tuba quartet performance.

You can listen to KMRY at 93.1 FM, 1450 AM, or online at

Mini Muni Music returns with Woodwind Trio on Wed., August 26

We’re back!

Mini Muni Music performances return this Wednesday (8/26)!

Join us at 7 pm on our Facebook page to hear the woodwind trio featuring Christine Bellomy and Lisa Wissenberg on clarinet and Dana Ransom on bassoon.

Music will include:
Super Mario Bros Theme
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Music by Mozart, Brahms, and Shostakovich

Remembering Lee Dytrt

The entire Cedar Rapids Municipal Band community mourns the loss of Lee Dytrt, a true stalwart of the band and a wonderful musician and man.

Papich-Kuba Obituary and Additional Information Here

Lee J. Dytrt, 71, of Cedar Rapids, died at his home Saturday morning, August 15, 2020. 

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 25th at the Czech National Cemetery, with Pastor John Albertson officiating.  Due to COVID-19 considerations, social distancing and the use of face masks will be strictly observed at the graveside services.  Papich-Kuba Funeral Service, Cedar Rapids is serving the family.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Irene Dytrt; sister, Barbara Chadima and her husband Wayne; brother, Joe Dytrt; and niece and nephew, Kathryn and John Chadima.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Catherine Dytrt, nieces and nephews Joanie (Bryan) Bailey, Susan (Bob) Bradley, Mike (Grace) Dytrt, Stefan (Stephanie) Dytrt, as well as many grand nieces and nephews and many friends.

Lee Jacob Dytrt was born April 15, 1949 in Cedar Rapids.  He graduated as valedictorian from Jefferson High School in 1967 and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Iowa in 1971, and a Master’s degree in 1973, once again at the top of his class.

He was a member of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band for over 50 years where he played the euphonium.  He served as the band librarian for much of that time.

Lee began working for West Music Company in 1986.  Over the years he took great care in assisting students in their selection of a musical instrument.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lee Dytrt Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o West Music, 1212 Fifth Street, Coralville, Iowa  52241.

No live performance this week; rebroadcasts continue on KMRY

Due to the continuing impact of the August 10 derecho, we are pausing our Mini Muni Music concerts for a second consecutive week.

But you can still hear music from the Muni Band as KMRY continues to rebroadcast the series on Sunday evenings. This Sunday (8/23) at 6 pm, KMRY will feature the horn octet that performed earlier this month. You can hear all of the music played during that performance at 93.1 FM, 1450 AM, or online.

We hope everyone is safe and well and that power has been restored to your homes. All of us in the band are proud of the way our community has responded to the disaster–and we are eager to make music for you again soon!

Added performance! Woodwind Quintet on August 5 at 7:30 pm

The band is used to performing for you twice a week, and so it has felt weird to have online concerts on Sundays but not on Wednesdays.

We’re fixing that this week with a Wednesday night edition of Mini Muni Music featuring a woodwind quintet!

Same deal as the other performances to date. Watch on our Facebook page beginning at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5.

In addition to the music, Steve Shanley will be joined by Kelli Swehla, who is a new CRMB commissioner as well as Xavier band director.

Remember, these performances are not archived. Catch the concert live!

Announcing 4 more Mini Muni Music online concerts!

With two successful online events featuring online ensembles in the books, we are pleased to announce four more performances.

All of these Sunday evening performances will begin at 7:30 and be streamed live on the band’s Facebook page. They will not be archived for future viewing, so be sure to tune in each Sunday.

August 2 — French horn ensemble
August 9 — Tubas and euphoniums
August 16 — Brass quintet
August 23 — Clarinet quartet

Mini Muni Music — Online Small Ensemble Concerts

The second online concert in a series of small ensemble performances is set for Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 pm and will feature four of the band’s outstanding clarinetists as well as Steve Shanley and vocalist Lynn Rothrock in conversation.

The concert will be live streamed on the Municipal Band’s Facebook page, but will not be archived for future viewing.

The concert is the second in a series following a July 19 live stream featuring four members of the band’s percussion section as well as a conversation between Shanley and the trumpeter Denny Hodge, a mainstay of the band for decades.

Future concerts are in the works, including an August 9 performance featuring the band’s tuba and euphonium players.

Commission Meeting 13 July 2020

The City Band Commission will meet in formal session at 8:00 PM on Monday, 13 July 2020. Due to the pandemic, this meeting will be held online only. Meeting in person will be impossible or impractical due to concerns for the health and safety of Commission members, staff and the public presented by COVID-19 as well as limitations on size of gatherings.

This meeting, like all Commission meetings, is open to the public. If you wish to attend, please write to Scott Haney, Business Manager, at business AT and the meeting information will be sent to you.

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