The Iowa City Community Band is a volunteer organization, approved and sanctioned by the city of Iowa City. Our concerts in Iowa City and Coralville parks during June and July include a mixture of marches, music from Broadway musicals, and old favorites and sometimes feature a guest soloist. Concerts are either in the afternoon on Sunday or early evening during the week - select the "Concerts" tab above for current dates, times, and locations.

The band also plays concerts at various venues in the Iowa City area, such as Arts Fest in downtown Iowa City, an Ice Cream Social in Upper City Park in Iowa City, Coralville Thursday Night Concert Series, and Coralville's Fourth of July Celebration. We have also performed at events in area towns such as North Liberty Fun Days and West Branch Friday Night Concert Series. The ICCB also presents a winter holiday concert, usually with the New Horizons Band.

Members of the ICCB come from all walks of life in the Iowa City area, ranging from high school students through retirees. Our conductor is Rob Medd, Director of Music, Iowa City West High. The ICCB has performed continuously since 1982. Our concerts are free to the public.

Please e-mail any questions or requests to IowaCityCommBand@gmail.com or call Meagan Gugliano at 319-351-2000 ext 1221.

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Additional History

1992 concert in N. Dodge Park:
Albert J. Soucek, Bill Meardon,
Himie Voxman, Bill Gower Jr,
Pearl West, Paul Anderson, Steve West
1970s: James Dixon conducting;
downtown Iowa City
1950s: Fred Ebbs conducting;
City Park

The ICCB was founded in 1958. That year the band presented five concerts; the next year it presented six concerts; and in 1960, there were seven concerts. These concerts were held in College Green Park and were sponsored by the city, musicians union, and the Chamber of Commerce. At that time band members were paid, but also had to be union members. Early band managers were Bill Bunch, Roland Raim, Paul Anderson, and Bob Brady.

Funding in early years was an issue. The City Council of Iowa City denied additional funds and a band tax proposal failed. Partially due to these financial issues, the band no longer performed after the 1972 season.

In 1982 a University of Iowa PhD candidate, Lee Copenhaver, decided to reorganize the Iowa City Community Band as one of his projects. He had done this earlier in his life and could see an opportunity existing in this community. This time, however, the band would not be paid, but the soloists and conductors would still be given a small stipend for their services. It was not easy for Lee to get a band together after it had been abandoned for so many years. After many calls to the university and high schools in the area and by word of mouth, the first concert of the new community band was performed in June 1982. The band continued to perform at College Green Park, but later expanded to other locations.