February 17, 2017

2017 schedule announced

The Greater Des Moines Community Band has announced its schedule for 2017.

Times, dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, May 29, at the World War II Memorial, East 13th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines. Time to be announced.

7 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Kennybrook Village, 100 SW Brookside Drive, Grimes.

Sunday, June 11, at Johnston Walker Park (small representation needed). Time to be announced.

7 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Wesley the Villiage, Indianola.

7 p.m. Monday, June 19, at Wesley Acres, 3520 Grand Ave., Des Moines.

6:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, at The Gardens at Luther Park, 2901 E. 16th St., Des Moines.

7 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Woodlands Creek, 12675 Woodlands Parkway, Clive.

Tuesday, July 4, at Windsor Heights Fourth of July Parade. Time to be announced.

Saturday, July 8, at Boone Band Festival. Time to be announced.

7 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Prairie Hills, 5815 SE 27th St., Des Moines.

7 p.m. Monday, July 17, at Grand Suites Retirement Campus, 3801 Grand, Des Moines.

7 p.m. Monday, July24, at Edgewater, 9225 Cascade Ave., West Des Moines.

Saturday, July 29, at Indianola National Balloon Classic Parade. Time to be announced.

7 p.m. Monday, July 31, at The Shores at Pleasant Hill, 1500 Edgewater Drive, Pleasant Hill.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at National Neighbors Night Out, Colby Park, Windsor Heights.

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at Reserve on Walnut Creek, 2727 82nd Place, Des Moines.

 Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Iowa State Fair Parade. Time to be announced.

Saturday, Aug. 12, 19, 20, at Iowa State Fair. Time to be announced.

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at Adel Acres, 1919 Green St., Adel.

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, Make-up date.

Autumn at Walnut Ridge, 1701 Campus, Clive.

Christmas at The Lodge of Ashworth, 909 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines.

February 13, 2017

Spring concerts looming

Only five more practices remain until the Greater Des Moines Community Band's spring concerts.

The first concert will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the food court at Merle Hay Mall, 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines.

The second concert will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave., Des Moines.

The third concert will occur at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Deerfield Retirement Community, 13731 Hickman, Urbandale.


November 7, 2016

Christmas Concert Series announced

The Greater Des Moines Community Band has announced the times, dates and locations for its Christmas Concert Series.


The band will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Merle Hay Mall Food Court, 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines.


Another concert is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave., Des Moines.


The final concert will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at The Reserve On Walnut Creek, 2727 82nd Place, Urbandale.


Selections will include "Angels We Have Heard On High," "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day," "Jingle Bells," "Up On a Housetop," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Sleigh Ride."


David Liljedahl and Christa Miller are directors.


There is no admission charge for any of the concerts.

September 20, 2016

Fall concerts announced

The Greater Des Moines Community Band will present two Autumn Festival Concerts in October.

The first concert will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Merle Hay Mall Food Court, 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines.

The second concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave., Des Moines.

The program will feature such numbers as "Amazing Grace," "The Strategic Air Command," "All the Pretty Little Horses," "El Camino Real," "All Things Considered" and "America the Beautiful."

The all-volunteer band is directed by David Liljedahl and Christa Miller.

June 13, 2016

Indianola concert cancelled

Tonight's concert at The Village in Indianola has been cancelled due to the heat.

No indoor venue was available.

The Greater Des Moines Community Band's next concert is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Walnut Ridge, 1701 Campus, Clive,

June 12, 2016

Indianola performance set Monday

The Greater Des Moines Community Band will play at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, at The Village, 1203 North East St., Indianola.

Band members should report at the outdoor venue at 6:30 p.m.

Band members should wear their summer band attire and bring their music stands. Chairs will be provided.

The playlist is as follows: "Midway March," "Armed Forces Salute," "First Suite in Eb," "Ballad For Clarinet," "An American In Paris," "A Night In the Tropics," "J. Williams Movie Adventures," "Jersey Boys," "Mary Poppins Selections," "Summertime," "Mambo #5," "The Liberty Bell," "America the Beautiful" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

June 9, 2016

Band playing for Flag Day program

The Greater Des Moines Community Band is playing in a Flag Day program Sunday evening at Giovanetti Community Shelter, Walker Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Ave., Urbandale.

The park is just west of the 86th Street Hy-Vee store. Enter the park from the Douglas Avenue entrance at 92nd Street and follow the signs back to the shelter area.

The band will line up in front of the fireplace inside the building. By row, the order is  five clarinets and three flutes, first row; one tenor sax, two bass clarinets and five trumpets, second row; two alto saxes, five French horns, third row; three euphoniums and four trombones, fourth row; and two tubas and four percussion, back.

Band members should report at 5 p.m. and practice the National Anthem with the singer at 5:20 p.m. The concert will begin at 5:40 p.m.

The band will have to play on the softer side because the room has polished concrete floors and a low industrial ceiling with exposed heating and cooling.

The audience will be located on the band's right. They will go through the serving line as well as go to  tables while the band plays.

Band members will be fed after the performance. Band members should put their instruments away immediately after the "Star Spangled Banner" and use their chairs to sit around tables supplied by the hosts.

Sunday's playlist is as follows:

"Midway March"

"America the Beautiful"

"Semper Fi"

"You're a Grand Old Flag"

"God Bless America"

"Stars and Stripes"

"Star Spangled Banner"

A short history of the "Star Spangled Banner" will be presented between "Stars and Stripes" and the "Star Spangled Banner."

The event also will include short speeches, an auction and the playing of "Taps."