The Waterloo Municipal Band has a rich heritage of service to the City of Waterloo and surrounding communities of the Cedar Valley since 1926. The band performs traditional outdoor concerts each year during June and July.
The Band was first conceived by Waterloo musicians serving on ship in the Navy during WWI. This group eventually became the Waterloo American Legion Band under the sponsorship of the Waterloo American Legion and the Music Performance Trust Fund out of New York. At that time, the band was renamed the Waterloo Municipal Band. The affairs of the band were handled primarily by a Band Manager and the Conductor.
In the spring of 1994, the Band was reorganized and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name of the Waterloo Community Concert Band. The business of the Band is now handled by a Board of Directors.
The Band has entertained many guest conductors and soloists over the years and performs a wide range of musical styles. The musical quality of the organization was recognized by musicians throughout the state of Iowa when it was selected to be the Honor Band at the 1994 convention of the Iowa Bandmasters.
The Band recently returned to the moniker of The Waterloo Municipal Band. Some of the people who have served as conductor for the band are names well known in Iowa band and music circles: Clayton Chennette, Cressy Whalen, Charles Ball, George Kristufek, Jim Coffin, Bob Shafer, Jim Selland, Joe Giunta, Bill Shepherd and current conductors Danny Galyen and Scott Muntefering.
Danny Galyen is Director of Bands and
Associate Professor of Music at UNI.
He conducts the Wind Ensemble, provides administrative and artistic direction for the eight ensembles in the band area, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting,
wind literature, and music education.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Bands he served as the director of the Panther Marching Band and
conductor of the Symphonic Band.
Scott Muntefering is the Eugene and Ruth Weidler Drape Distinguished Professor in Music Education at Wartburg College. There he teaches instrumental music education classes, supervises student teachers and is the director of the Wartburg Symphonic Band and trumpet Choir.
Prior to coming to Wartburg, Dr. Muntefering taught in the public and private schools in Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota, as well as serving as Director of Bands at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Muntefering is an active trumpet performer in the Cedar Valley with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, the Waterloo Municipal Band, the Sugar Daddies Big Band and the Metropolitan Brass Quintet. This is his eleventh season with the Waterloo Municipal Band.
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