May 22, 2017

Memorial Day concert details

The Greater Des Moines Community Band will open its 2017 concert season at the World War II Remembrance at 1 p.m. Monday, May 29.

The event will be held at the World War II Memorial on the east side of the Capitol at East 13th Street and Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

Band members should arrive and set up at 12:15 p.m. A picture of the band will be taken at 12:50 p.m.

Introductions and the playing of  "The National Anthem" will occur at 1 p.m.

At 1:10 p.m., the band will play "Armed Forces Salute," "American Legion March," "National Guard March" and "Vietnam Veterans' March."

The Young Patriots Club then will perform the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," the "Not Too Young" poem, "America the Beautiful" and "America's Creed."

Afterwards, the band will play "God Bless America," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "The Liberty Bell" and "Midway March."

A speaker is scheduled at 1:55.

The band is scheduled to play "Semper Fidelis" and "America the Beautiful" at 2:10 p.m.

A prayer, rifle salute and "Taps" is scheduled at 2:25 p.m.

Finally, the band will play "Stars and Stripes Forever" at 2:40 p.m.

The program will end at 2:45 p.m.

Band members should bring a chair, stand, clothespins or plexiglass, water and sunscreen in addition to their instruments.


Summer schedule announced

The 2017 summer schedule for the Greater Des Moines Community Band has been announced.
Times, dates and locations are as follows:
1 p.m. Monday, May 29, at World War II Memorial, East 13th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines.
7 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Kennybrook Village, 100 SW Brookside Drive, Grimes
7 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Wesley the Village, Indianola
7 p.m. Monday, June 19, 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
TBA, Tuesday, July 4, Fourth of July parade, Windsor Heights
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 Ave., Des Moines
7 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Edgewater, 9225 Cascade Ave., West Des Moines
TBA, Saturday, July 29, at Indianola National Balloon Classic parade
7 p.m. Monday, July 31, at The Shores of 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
TBA, Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Iowa State Fair parade
4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Iowa State Fair on Bill Riley Stage
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at Adel Acres, 1919 Green St., Adel
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, make-up date

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."