The 2023 season starts this week!

The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band kicks off a new season with a concert on Wendesday, June 7 at The History Center and a performance on Sunday, June 11 at Bever Park. The Muni Band plays at 7:30 pm on both evenings; the Sunday night performance will feature a 6:30 pm prelude concert by the Cedar Rapids Metro Youth Ensemble. The Metro Youth Ensemble is sponsored by Coe College.

Aaron Nuss, co-director of bands at Linn-Mar High School, will be on the podium for week one. Hashim Taylor, director of the CR Parks and Recreation Department, will lead the band in a performance of Karl King’s “Iowa Band Law.” Emily Brennom, a graduate of Linn-Mar High School, will sing the National Anthem and the Cedar Rapids Song of Dedication. Ann Bradfield, an associate professor of saxophone at the University of Northern Iowa, will be the featured soloist.

Ann Bradfield will join the band for Serenade for Alto Saxophone

Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed
Serenade for Alto Saxophone by Frank Bencriscutto — featuring Ann Bradford
Harry’s Wondrous World by John Williams/trans. by Paul Lavender
Gladiolus by Christian Maakestad
Danzon from “Fancy Free” by Leonard Bernstein/arr. Jay Bocook
L’ Inglesina by Davide Delle Cese
Pixar Movie Magic arr. Michael Brown

Christian Maakestad, composer of Gladiolus, is a 2023 Linn-Mar High School graduate who will study composition and percussion performance at TCU.

Pixar Movie Magic features music from Toy Story, Up, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Cars.

All Municipal Band performances are free and open to the public. They are also livestreamed on the band’s Facebook page.