The audience enjoying one of our Sunday evening concerts in Crapo Park
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 bmbfoundation@muniband.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.
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This web site is also available in a LARGE PRINT version.
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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All concerts will be at the Crapo Park band shell at 7:30 P.M.  The concerts are 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.
If inclement weather is threatening on concert evenings, you can check radar by clicking on the weather radar button below.  If a concert must be canceled we will post that information prominently on this page as soon as that decision has been made.
To all the wonderful people who put out yard signs for us this season we send you a big thank you - we appreciate your help tremendously!  If you would, please bring in your sign and save it so it can be used again next year.
Of course there are many others who deserve our thanks for making our season a success.  Undoubtedly, we will forget some who should be thanked and we ask their forgiveness for being left out.  But here is a partial list of the many people who have gone above and beyond:
Ryan Gourley and the staff of the Burlington Parks Department for maintaining the bandshell and (of course) for keeping the park beautiful!
The Hawk Eye newspaper and Julie Nickell for helping us publicize our concerts.
Tri States Public Radio - WIUM, WIUW for listing and announcing our concerts on their Community Calendar.
The Burlington Community School District, Superintendent Pat Coen and the Board of Education for allowing us to use the James Madison building and Building and Grounds Superintendent Brent Krieger and his staff for facilitating the use of our band room.
Gerry Runyon who, besides playing trombone and bass, is our copy machine guru and masterfully manages our equipment and thanks to all of our band members who faithfully pitch in to help!
Thanks to Tom Bell (sometimes referred to as "the finest swordsman in all France") for handling the traffic barracades before and after each concert and for serving as our webmaster.
Thanks to Jim Priebe for writing for the band's website and for contacting the media as the band's contact and publicity person.
Thanks to Derrick Murphy for serving as the band's sound person.
Thanks to our hauling crew, Dalton Howell, Lindsey Nieto, Shelby Ryan, Pete Korb, and Scott Teater for getting our equipment where it needs to be each week and to Philip Reusch for helping them.
Thanks to Marcia Korb for providing and driving the big white van that hauls equipment each week and for putting our programs together along with Dawn Cazin who also takes and posts wonderful photos and videos on Facebook each week.
Thanks to Pat Cazin for printing our programs each week and SG Construction for underwriting that cost.
Thanks to Steve Hexom and radio station KBUR for introducing our concerts each week and sharing information about the band with the radio audience.
Thanks to Standard of Beaverdale and Beckman TV & Appliance for their sponsorship of the broadcast of our concerts on KBUR - we greatly appreciate that service to the community.
Thanks to Jennifer Hexom for hard work as the band's manager.  There are a great number of tasks that must be completed each week and Jennifer is right on top of it!  Thanks also to Jennifer and Steve's grandson Lucas Carr for serving as the band's music librarian.  A band can't play without music!
Thanks to Summer Snow for her wonderful contribution to the summer band concert experience.  Her tasty treats of shave ice keep everyone cool!
Thanks to the members of the Burlington Municipal Band Foundation Board of Directors who meet each month year round, working to promote, manage and publicize the band.  They are Jennifer Arnold, Bob Cameron, Dawn and Pat Cazin, Ron Coberley, Mark Eveleth, Ryan Freitag, Marcia Korb, Becky McCullough, Brian Mitchell, Joe Morris, Derrick Murphy, Emily Otte, Lauren Otte, Jim Priebe, Shelby Ryan, Libby Snipes, and Mark Taylor.
Thanks to the members of the Burlington Municipal Band Foundation Board of Directors who meet each month year round, working to promote, manage and publicize the band.  They are Jennifer Arnold, Bob Cameron, Dawn and Pat Cazin, Ron Coberley, Mark Eveleth, Ryan Freitag, Marcia Korb, Becky McCullough, Brian Mitchell, Joe Morris, Derrick Murphy, Emily Otte, Lauren Otte, Jim Priebe, Shelby Ryan, Libby Snipes, and Mark Taylor.
Thanks to the Underwriters for their financial support.  This season's underwriters were The Harry and Virginia Murray Foundation, Fred and Martha Wetzel, The Darwin Lyons Memorial, The Dave Scott Memorial, and an Anonymous donor.  Thanks to the many other generous donors who are listed in our programs each week and also on the "Friends of the Burlington Municipal Band Foundation" page here at www.muniband.org.
Most of all, a huge thank you to you, the members of our audience, without whom all of our efforts would be pointless!