The Burlington Municipal Band plays a one hour concert each week during the summer. Most of our concerts take place at the band shell in beautiful Crapo Park, overlooking the Mississippi River. While the band concerts begin at 7:30 PM, there is sometimes other entertainment preceding the concert, and families are encouraged to come early to enjoy the fine summer evening in the park.
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Occasionally inclement weather forces the cancellation of our concerts. News of concert cancellations is broadcast on a number of local radio stations. Concert cancellations will also be posted here on this web site. Is the concert likely to be rained out? Check weather radar here.
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 email@example.com.
About the Band
The Burlington (Iowa) Municipal Band is a community concert band which has served and enriched the life of this city for seventy-five years. The band's first concert was presented in Crapo Park in May of 1927 after the citizens of Burlington had expressed the desire that such a band be formed. The band's roots extend back to the nineteenth century since 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.
With continued support from the City of Burlington, the Municipal Band continues to perform 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.
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We hope that you will take the opportunity to support live music provided by many musical organizations in the Burlington Area during the fall, winter and spring months. 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.
Note from the webmaster: We update this web site at least once a week during our summer concert season. Since the program for each Sunday concert is finalized at our rehearsal on Monday evening, we generally post the week's update sometime on Tuesday. Unfortunately, if you are viewing this page on a summer Monday, what follows will undoubtedly be the information for YESTERDAY'S concert.
Regular visitors to this web site are aware that we are constantly looking for historical photographs and information relating to the early days of the Burlington Municipal Band and it's antecedents, the Orchard City Band and the Fischer Band. We sometimes wonder whether our efforts to chronicle the historical background of our band are reaching our intended audience. We were therefore gratified to receive a telephone call and follow up letter from Rosalie A. Hahn of Leavenworth, Kansas who had viewed this site's history page and who most graciously sent us the accompanying photograph and information about her husband's grandfather who had been a prominent member of the Fischer Band. (If you have viewed the photos elsewhere on this site you know that we previously had no information whatsoever concerning the names of the Fischer Band members.)
Mrs. Hahn tells us that Peter Hahn moved from Leavenworth, Kansas to Burlington to help start the Fischer Band. It seems likely that he may have been related to J. Henri Fischer, since Mrs. Hahn's husband's great grandmother's maiden name was Fischer. In our history page's photo of the Fischer Band, we believe that Peter Hahn is the cornet player third from the right side in the front row.
We thank Mrs. Hahn for her information and her interest in the Burlington Municipal Band and we hope that she can visit us at one of our summer concerts in the near future.
If others have similar information of interest and/or photographs which concern the band's past, we encourage them to contact us.
Mrs. Hahn included a copy of a newspaper account of Peter Hahn's death which occurred March 14, 1911. Because this article documents his membership in the Fischer Band and does so in a manner which vividly invokes the era, we will include the entire text:
Peter Hahn Dead
Well Known Musician Succumbed After Brief Illness
Death Follows That of One of His Children Who Passed Away Last Week
Peter Hahn of 516 South Fourth Street passed this morning at St. Francis Hospital. He was stricken with an attack of apoplexy last Sunday. Last evening the second stroke followed and from this visitation he did not rally. He had been in poor health for several years, but the end was not supposed to be so near. The death of Mr. Hahn is exceptionally sad, as only last week one of his children passed away, and it is supposed the shock of the little one's death may have hastened the passing of the father.
Mr. Hahn was born in Germany 49 years ago and came to his city about fourteen years ago, securing employment at the Northwestern Cabinet Co. as finisher. He was one of the most trusted employees of the concern and was well liked by his fellow employees and employers. He was perhaps better known as a member of Fischer's band and orchestra, joining these organizations when he arrived in the city. He was an excellent cornetist and was one of the factors in assisting Prof. Fischer build up his musical organizations to their present state of efficiency. He gained a large share of musical experience while a member of a regimental band in the United States regular army. Previous to coming to Burlington he visited many of the out of the way parts of the world, Australia, South Africa, etc., and had met with many queer experiences.
He is survived by his widow and six little children, who have the warm sympathy of scores of friends. He was a good husband and father and will be sadly missed by his family.
Mr. Hahn was a member of the N.P.L. and the arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.
See our special section on Peter Hahn of "Fischer's Band."
Our 2003 summer concert season is well under way. Our season began with a performance at the Memorial Day Service, and will continue through mid-August, with our next concert in Crapo Park on July 13.
Jim Priebe, regularly a trombonist in the band, is this week's conductor. Jim's program will feature a variety of music including marches, a big band medley, a Broadway show medley, and an arrangement of "Tin Pan Alley" tunes from the early 1900's. The concert will feature a "salute to band parents."
As mentioned earlier, the Burlington Municipal Band "season" actually begins wth the Memorial Day Service, this year once again held outside Memorial Auditorium. (see photo at right, with Mark Eveleth conducting the band)
We wish to acknowledge with gratitude a memorial gift in memory of Marian Kreckel, who was a loyal supporter of the band for many years. This gift will be used to purchase new music for our concerts. The memorial to Harold Burgus which was made last year was used to purchase music which will be performed on the upcoming July 13 concert to be conducted by Jim Priebe. Special thanks too, to the Hy-Vee on Agency for their donation to the band.
Should you wish to make a memorial gift or a donation to the band, be assured that it will be gratefully received. Contact Sue Kristensen at 319-752-5764, Jim Priebe at 319-752-7305, or Mark Eveleth at 319-753-6900.
The band has been told that, because of the economic difficulties faced by the city, our regular funding from the City of Burlington has been discontinued for the new fiscal year which begins July 1. The city continues to support us in many ways including housing our music library, providing rehearsal space at Memorial Auditorium and maintaining the band shell in Crapo Park.
We are grateful to The Henry and Elsie Starker Memorial Trust for sponsoring the remainder of this season, and to City Manager Bruce Slagle for his efforts in securing this support for us. We hope that readers of this web page will take a moment to contact city leaders to express their thanks as well.
The selections will include: Colossus of Columbia March by Russell Alexander, arranged by Glenn Cliffe Bainum; Toccata for Band by Frank Erickson; Old Comrades March by Carl Teike; Big Band Signatures, a medley of songs associated with famous big bands including Let's Dance (Benny Goodman), Leap Frog (Les Brown), The Woodchopper's Ball (Woody Herman), The Peanut Vendor (Stan Kenton), April In Paris (Count Basie), Caravan (Duke Ellington), and In the Mood (Glenn Miller), arranged by John Higgins; Ye Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon, by Percy Grainger; Espana Cani by Pascual Marquina, edited by Roy Weger; Themes Like Old Times III, including Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me) by Con Conrad, My Melancholy Baby by Ernie Burnett or Ben Light, Ain't We Got Fun by Richard Whiting, Moonlight Bay by Percy Wenrich and After You've Gone by Henry Creamer and John Turner Layton, all arranged by Warren Barker; Precious Lord, Take My Hand by Thomas A. Dorsey, arranged by Robert W. Smith; Them Basses March by G.H. Huffine, Selections from The Music Man including Seventy Six Trombones, Till there Was You, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Lida Rose, and Marian the Librarian by Meredith Willson, arranged by Philip Lang; and our traditional closing number, The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Phillip Sousa.