April 4, 2018

Summer schedule announced

The Greater Des Moines Community Band has announced its summer schedule for 2018.
The new season will kick off with an appearance during a Memorial Day observance at the World War II Memorial near the state Capitol in Des Moines at 1 p.m. Monday, May 28. The memorial is located at East 13th Street and Grand Avenue.
Other concerts are set for:
7 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Kennybrook Village, 100 SW Brookside Drive, Grimes.
7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at The Lodge of Ashworth, 909 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines.
7 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Walnut Ridge, 1701 Campus, Clive.
6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, at The Gardens at Luther Park, 2901 E. 16th St., Des Moines.
7 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Wesley Acres, 3520 Grand Ave., Des Moines.
7 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Prairie Hills, 5815 SE 27th St., Des Moines.
To be announced, Saturday, July 14, at Boone Band Festival, Boone.
7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Wesley the Village, 1203 North E St., Indianola.
7 p.m. Monday, July 23, at Woodlands Creek, 12675 Woodlands Pkwy., Clive.
To be announced, Saturday, July 28, at Indianola National Balloon Classic Parade.
7 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Grand Suites Retirement Campus, 3801 Grand Ave., Des Moines.
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, at National Neighbors Night Out, Colby Park, Windsor Heights.
7 p.m. Monday, August 13, at Reserve on Walnut Creek, 2727 82nd Place, Des Moines.
To be announced, Saturday/Sunday, August 12, 18, 19, at Iowa State Fair, Des Moines.
7 p.m. Monday, August 20, at Deerfield, 13731 Hickman Road, Urbandale.

November 12, 2017

Christmas Concert Series dates set

The Greater Des Moines Community Band has announced the schedule for its Christmas Concert Series next month.


The all-volunteer band will play at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Merle Hay Mall Food Court, 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines.


The next concert is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave., Des Moines.


The final Christmas concert in the series will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Beaverdale Estates, 4610 Douglas Ave., Des Moines.
The band will play "A Christmas Flourish," "Holly Jolly Christmas," "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer," "Joy to the World," "Carols from the British Isles," "Christmas Vacation," "Silver Bells" from "A Calypso Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "Holiday Piece," "A Holst Christmas," "Grown Up Christmas List," "Sleigh Ride" and "White Christmas."


There is no admission charge for the concerts.


The band is directed by Christa Miller. Bob Bees will be guest director.


The band practices at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Rieman Music Store on Douglas Avenue near the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines.

October 17, 2017

Band receives Prairie Meadows grant

The Greater Des Moines Community Band has received a Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant for a band equipment enhancement project.


The grants range from $100 to $99,999. A full list of this year's grant recipients is available on the Prairie Meadows website at www.prairiemeadows.com.
According to Prairie Meadows, the Community Betterment Grants "support qualified organizations seeking to improve the lives of people in their communities. In the past, grants have funded meals for hungry children, an essential free medical clinic, school renovations and city park improvements.


The all-volunteer band has scheduled three fall concerts, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 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. 29, at the First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave., Des Moines. The final concert will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Walnut Ridge, 1701 Campus, Clive.

October 3, 2017

Fall concert schedule announced

The Greater Des Moines Community Band has announced its fall concert schedule.




The first Autumn Festival Concert will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Merle Hay Mall Food Court, 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines.




The second Autumn Festival Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave., Des Moines.




The final fall concert will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Walnut Ridge, 1701 Campus, Clive.


There is no admission charge for any of the concerts.




The Greater Des Moines Community Band is an all-volunteer organization comprised of musicians from throughout the Des Moines metropolitan area. The director is Christa Miller.

August 11, 2017

Band losing director Liljedahl

Greater Des Moines Community Band director David Liljedahl is leaving the post he has held for six years.


Liljedahl and his wife Deb, who plays in the band, are moving to Cedar Rapids at the end of August to be closer to family.


Assistant director Christa Miller will replace him as director.


"It has been my honor to serve as your director these past six years. It has been a great and wonderful musical adventure. No other ensemble in my experience has had the receptiveness and the ability to play at such a high musical level all the various styles we have presented to our audiences," Liljedahl said in a letter to the "famous and fierce musicians" of the GDMCB. "From Gabrieli to Spike Jones, with some Holst, Bartok, Gershwin and "Chicken Dances" thrown in just to make it interesting, you have enriched the lives of many Iowans."


The band will play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. It's last concert of the summer season is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Grand Suites Retirement Campus, 3801 Grand Ave., Des Moines. The concert originally scheduled at Adel Acres in Adel on Monday night has been cancelled.

August 9, 2017

Band ends summer season at State Fair, Grand Suites Retirement Campus

The Greater Des Moines Community Band will play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Musical selections will include "Midway March," "Armed Forces Salute," "National Guard March," "American Legion March," "Vietnam Veterans March," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Night and Day," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "Come Thou Fount," "America the Beautiful" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."


Band members should report to the stage by 4 p.m. Parking around the fairgrounds is limited, so the best way to get there is by bus from the Iowa Capitol. The Bill Riley Stage is in the middle of the fairgrounds behind the Administration Building.  The State Fair website has a map of the grounds.


The concert scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, at Adel Acres in Adel has been cancelled.


Instead, the band will play at the Grand Suites Retirement Campus, 3801 Grand Ave., Des Moines, starting at 7 p.m. The band's concert at the latter site on July 17 was cancelled due to the heat and humidity that day. Band members should report to the Grand Suites Retirement Campus on Monday by 6:30 p.m.


Monday's program will include "Liberty Bell," "Midway March," "Armed Forces Salute," "National Guard March," "Vietnam Veterans March," "Akali Ike Rag," "Lawrence of Arabia," "At the Movies, the Classics," "Night and Day," "God Bless America," "Come Thou Fount," "America the Beautiful" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."


May 31, 2017

Allen lands Prairie Meadows grant for band


GET TO KNOW: Organizations like the Greater Des Moines Community Band don't function without great people behind the scenes. We would like to feature those unsung heroes. This is the first of what we hope becomes many opportunities to showcase those individuals.

Kari Allen - Tuba. Kari recently secured a grant for the group from Prairie Meadows. Thank you Kari for your work behind the scenes. You rock!






Thank you for the kind words and allowing me to be featured; this goes against my true character. I prefer to be heard and not seen. I do what I do for the band’s benefit, not mine. The band maybe is lucky to have me, but I guarantee I’m luckier to have the band.

I grew up on a farm southwest of Perry where I still live today. Music wasn’t much a part of my younger years. My grandfather played saxophone and because he was my hero, I wanted to play saxophone, too. My saxophone days were short lived when I heard the sound of the French horn for the first time. After a brief conversation with my amazing high school band director, my life went to the brass section.


As my interest for music increased, so did my desire to learn new instruments, hence, that’s why I play tuba today. I just knew I wanted to be a band director someday. As my career path turned directions away from music education, I turned toward the conservation, park and recreation life. I have worked for the City of Johnston the past 12 years. When I’m not mowing grass, I enjoy bike riding, photography, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and working on my family farm. 


My hometown community band only plays during June. I began to miss playing the rest of the year. I remember looking through the Iowa State Fair schedule. I came across the Greater Des Moines Community Band as entertainment on one of the stages. I remember saying, “I really need to circle this and make sure I go see them.” I circled it and for the next three years I faithfully sat in the audience and wished I had enough courage to ask how I could be part of such a wonderful band. Finally with the encouragement of my family, I mustered up enough courage to ask. I am so happy I did.


To pick a favorite part of the Greater Des Moines Community Band would be nearly impossible. Playing in a community band is a unique experience. We all share a common passion and that is the love of music and playing. I walked in to the first rehearsal not knowing a single person and left feeling like a part of a family. Band not only provides me with stress relief, but also it has helped create and nurture some really great friendships.
 
Working for government agencies for almost 20 years, grant writing is a major funding source for us. The Prairie Meadows grant is one that we have used before, and I couldn’t see why it would apply to the band.  As I began researching the grant, it became apparent we were a perfect fit.