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
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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Enhancing the quality of life in Burlington and Southeast Iowa since 1927
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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.
Muni Band Thank Yous 2019

Ryan Gourley and the staff of the Burlington Parks Department – for maintaining the band shell and keeping the park beautiful.
Burlington Community School District, Supt. Pat Coen and the Board of Education for allowing our use of the James Madison band room.
The Burlington School District’s  Building and Grounds Superintendent Tim Kesterke and his staff for facilitating our use of the James Madison band room.
The Hawk Eye newspaper, and staff Julie Nickell and Bob Saar for helping us publicize our concerts.

Radio station KBUR for broadcasting our concerts each week and posting our concert recordings on their website and Standard of Beaverdale for sponsoring those broadcasts.

Steve Hexom of KBUR for announcing our concerts and helping us keep the community informed of the band’s activities

Jennifer Hexom who capably serves as our band’s manager.  The band just wouldn’t function without her work!

Steve and Jennifer’s daughter April Carr, who works with her mom, taking care of the band’s weekly music library duties.

Tri States Public Radio station WIUM - WIUW for listing and announcing our concerts on their Community Calendar.

The middle school students, their parents and band directors who participated in our educational outreach concert last June.
Marcia Korb for putting the programs together each week and Dawn Cazin for proofreading them.  Thanks also to Dawn for taking great photos and videos and posting them to our Facebook page.

Pat Cazin for printing the programs and SG Construction for underwriting that cost. 

Derrick Murphy for posting the concert preview on our Facebook page each week.

Ren Arnold, and Alyssa and Cayden Starbuck and others who've passed out the programs at our concerts.
Dalton Howell,  Zack Borchard and Jack Engle for loading, unloading and driving the equipment truck each week.
Dave Scott for managing the percussion section, using his van to haul our equipment, setting up our PA system and recording each concert!
Tom Bell (sometimes referred to as "the finest swordsman in all France") for handling the traffic barricades each week and acting as the band’s webmaster.
Jim Priebe for writing for the band’s website, acting as the band’s contact person, and contacting the media as the band’s publicity person.
Gerry Runyon for serving as the band’s property master, and all of our band members who’ve helped in setting up and tearing down our chairs and stands for each concert.
The Burlington Municipal Band  Foundation Board members who are listed elsewhere on this site for their many hours of behind-the-scenes work on behalf of the band.
The Underwriters – The John H. Witte Foundation,  The Harry and Virginia Murray Foundation, The Burlington Fine Arts League,  The City of Burlington, Two Rivers Bank and Trust, Marc and Monica Wagenbach,  One Hundred Plus Women Who Care, Blackhawk Chapter, an Anonymous Group, and to all other contributors named in the program.   It is their generosity that  enables us to continue presenting our concerts each year!
Most of all, to you, our audience members -  without you there would be no point!
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.
Our 2019 season has ended but there are many who deserve our recognition and thanks for their role in making our concerts a success.  Our sincere thanks to all those listed below: