Each year, the band has openings for a few musicians. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Burlington Municipal Band, contact Mark Eveleth by telephone at (319) 753-6900 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 for eighty-seven years. The band's first concert was presented in Crapo Park in May of 1927 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 never levied the tax but chose instead to fund the band from the city's general fund. The city discontinued that funding in 2011. 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.
Supported by private donations through the Burlington Municipal Band Foundation, 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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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.
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 summer concert season has ended and we’d like to thank the many people who have had a part in making this a successful year. Our thanks to those wonderful individuals and businesses who’ve made donations to the Burlington Municipal Band Foundation, to the Foundation board members who’ve worked (and will continue to work) behind the scenes), to the band members whose talent and hard work made the music so enjoyable, to our new-found friends of the Roseville, Minnesota Community Band and the Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band and, of course, to all who faithfully attended our concerts.
If you intended to make a donation in support of the band during the summer but didn’t get it accomplished, it’s not too late. Donations made after the summer season will be listed in next summer’s concert programs and will be gratefully accepted. Just click on the “How to Support the Band” button below.
We hope that you will continue to support live music performances in our area. Our band members perform in many area groups including the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Band, and the Bullis-Rutter Big Band and they would welcome your attendance at their events. Perhaps most important of all, we know that our area’s school music groups represent the future of our band. They deserve your support and we encourage you to attend their concerts and events.
Though there will not be updates each week as there are during the summer months, we hope that you will check this website occasionally in the off season as we hope to post new material from time to time. Have a great fall, winter and spring – we’ll see you next summer!