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
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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.
The 2015 season has ended. It was a great summer and a landmark season for the band. This year we moved our equipment storage and rehearsals from Memorial Auditorium to the James Madison Learning Center - a move that makes our rehearsals and concerts much more efficient than previously. We are grateful to the Burlington Community School District and Superintendent Pat Coen and to Building and Grounds Superintendent Tim Kesterke and his staff for making us feel welcome in our new headquarters!
There are many other individuals and businesses that have made it possible for our band to continue. Major donors this season included the City of Burlington which provided a grant from the Hotel/Motel tax fund, The John H Witte Foundation, Great River Medical Center, The Burlington Women's Club, The Burlington Fine Arts League, The Harry and Virginia Murray Foundation, Marc and Monica Wagenbach, the Jean Miller Memorial, Jack and Alice Naylor, Marna Scott, The Myatt Family, and Fred and Martha Wetzel.
Our business donors deserve particular mention - they care about our community and we hope that, when you have a choice, you will take your business to them. These businesses include: Standard of Beaverdale, Lunning Chapel, Cleveland Dermatology, The Smile Shoppe, F&M Bank and Trust, All-Star Diner, Buckingham Asset Management, Ron's Certified Automotive, Leyda, Burris & Metz (Amy Laue), Happy Joe's Pizza, Danville State Savings Bank, Zaiser's Landscaping & Florist, Casebine Credit Union, Sickels Launderers & Cleaners, Great Western Bank, Uncle Ronnie's Bar and Grill, The Medium/Weird Harold's, Bickel's Cycling and Fitness, and the Musician's Pro Shop.
Though, as previously stated, we urge you to shop locally, if you must shop online we suggest Amazon.com because Amazon, through a program called "Amazon Smile" will allow you to designate a small amount of each purchase to the non-profit entity of your choice and the Burlington Municipal Band Foundation, as a 501 c3 non-profit organization is one such entity. Directions for how to use Amazon Smile can be found on Amazon's website.
There are other individuals and organizations that are important to the band and we'd like to recognize them also. They include: Burlington Parks Superintendent Ryan Gourley and his staff, who maintain Crapo Park and the band shell, Thomann Automotive of Middletown which provides the truck and trailer for the Steamboat Days Parade, Steve Hexom of KBUR for announcing our concerts and hosting the broadcast of our concerts and Standard of Beaverdale for sponsoring these broadcasts, The Hawk Eye newspaper especially Dale Alison, Craig Neises, and Julie Nickell, Kati Kannaan, Spencer and Jackie Dunshee for helping pass out our concert programs.
A great many band members also contribute beyond their musical contribution and these include: Mark Eveleth who acts as our contact person, Tom Bell (occasionally referred to as "the finest swordsman in all France") who, with help from Jim Priebe (Jim also handles our publicity) is our webmaster, Jim Flaherty, Joseph Morris, Ryan Cazin, Martin Wozniak, and Coleman Ertzinger for their work on our equipment crew, Gerry Runyon who serves as our property master, Dave Scott who manages the percussion equipment and the PA system, and Marcia Korb who assembles our program along with Foundation member Dawn Cazin. Dawn also serves as our photographer and documents our concerts and activities for Facebook and this website.
Finally, we must thank the members of the Burlington Municipal Band Foundation Board of Directors who work on behalf of the band year round. They are Jim Priebe, President, Ron Coberley, Vice President, Libby Snipes, Secretary, Dave Scott, Treasurer, Bob Cameron, Dawn Cazin, Coleman Ertzinger, Mark Eveleth, Jim Kammerer, Marcia Korb, Becky McCullough, Joseph Morris IV, Derrick Murphy, Scott Teater, Kristyn Vedder, Doug Worden, and Lewis Worden.
Our Sincere thanks to all who are mentioned above and to all who attended our concerts this season. There would be no band without an audience! See you next summer!