Each year, the band has openings for a few musicians. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Burlington Municipal Band, contact Jim Priebe by telephone at (319) 752-7305 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Band
The Burlington (Iowa) Municipal Band is a community concert band which has served and enriched the life of this city since 1927. The band's first concert was presented in Crapo Park in May of that year after the citizens of Burlington had voted for the implementation of the Iowa Band Law, a statute that allows cities to levy a tax “for the maintenance and employment of a band for musical purposes.” The city fathers of that time chose not to levy the tax as instructed by the vote, but to fund the band from the city's general fund instead. The city discontinued that funding in 2011 and the band is now supported by private donations through the Burlington Municipal Band Foundation. The band's roots extend back to the nineteenth century; it was formed through the combining of the existing Orchard City Band and the privately operated Fischer's Band under the leadership of J. Henri Fischer, a prominent musician of the era.
The band today enjoys a membership from a wide variety of backgrounds. The band contains homemakers, physicians, music teachers, business men and women, ministers, retired people, college students, and a few outstanding high school musicians. All share the common enjoyment of playing their instruments and providing the community with a wholesome family activity.
The Municipal Band performs free Sunday evening concerts in Crapo Park during the summer months. These concerts are presented from 7:30 until 8:30 P.M. at the Crapo Park Bandshell, located on Grandview Drive within the park. This site provides concert goers a magnificent view of the Mississippi River and the Illinois farmlands spread below, and a wide lawn where listeners can choose to sit on park benches provided near the bandshell, or bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, perhaps to sit near the illuminated Foehlinger Fountain. The concerts are well attended by people of all ages, and many visitors to Burlington make it a point to return each summer to hear at least one concert.
This website is now maintained by members of the Burlington Municipal Band.
We thank the staff at the Burlington Public Library for the original site design.
This web site is also available in a LARGE PRINTversion.
We hope that you will take the opportunity to support live music provided by many musical organizations in the Burlington Area. Members of the Municipal Band participate in or direct many of these groups, and we would love to see you. These groups include the school bands, orchestras and choirs in Burlington and surrounding communities as well as the Southeast Iowa Symphony, Southeast Iowa Band, Bel Canto Chorale, South Hill Brass, Southeast Iowa Brass Quintet, and the Southeast Iowa Woodwind Quintet. You may often find band members directing or participating in the pit bands of the Players Workshop and/or area school musical productions as well.
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Enhancing the quality of life in Burlington and Southeast Iowa since 1927
Welcome to muniband.org, the official web site of the Burlington Municipal Band of Burlington, Iowa!
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As in the past, our concerts will be broadcast on KBUR AM 1490 via "immediate delay," from 9:00 until 10:00 P.M. on Sunday nights.
We invite you to preview each week's concert for interesting information about the music and the conductor by clicking on the "This week's concert" button below. This information is normally available by the Wednesday preceding the concert. For even more updates and information, visit our Facebook page.
The Burlington Municipal Band performs a free, one-hour concert at 7:30 PM on summer Sunday evenings, from June to early August.
We are excited to report that, again this year, we have received a $1200.00 grant from the Des Moines County Community Foundation in support of our "educational outreach" concert - the concert that will feature outstanding area middle school band students who will join us at the bandshell. We are tremendously grateful to the grant awards committee of the Foundation for their continued support of our efforts! Indeed we are grateful to all the wonderful individuals and businesses who give us their support each year. Our annual fundraising plea is now in the mail. If you did not receive our mailing we would be happy to add you to our mailing list - just contact us at PO Box 141, Burlington, Iowa 52601 or email us at email@example.com. But you don't have to wait for a letter to arrive in your mailbox - just click on the "How to Support the Band" button below and you will find easy instructions on how to donate either by sending a check in the mail or electronically with your credit card. We look forward to seeing you at the bandshell for our concerts beginning on Sunday June 4 at 7:30 PM!
Once again, we will be attempting to "live-stream" all of our concerts. Our efforts to live-stream our 2022 concerts met with mixed results, but improved throughout the summer. To view the concert live stream, click on the button below, or do an internet search for "Burlington Municipal Band live stream." (This may need some tweaking as we continue to iron out any bugs.)
For 2022, we introduced two small but important changes. In the past, our concerts at the band shell in Crapo Park occasionally had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Now, in the event of bad or threatening weather, we will move our concert indoors to the James Madison School auditorium. Due to the time necessary to move and set up our equipment, the decision on concert location will be made by 5:30 PM Sunday evening, and posted on this web site, the band's facebook page, and also announced on radio station KBUR.