The Burlington Municipal Band will perform in the Iowa Municipal Band Festival in Boone 1 p.m. Saturday in Boone’s Herman Park Pavilion. Eight municipal bands from around Iowa were invited for this, the 26th annual event.

The Boone concert is part of a busy two weeks for the Muni Band, who performed their regular weekly Crapo Park concert Sunday, and will do so again Sunday the 15th after a long day on the road for the 47 Muni members making the trip: They'll begin loading up the bus at 7 a.m. in the Westland Mall south parking lot and departure soon after, returning 14 hours later. Players also will be picked up and dropped off in New London and Mount Pleasant. The Boone-bound bus is provided by Burlington Trailways.

This week’s conductor is horn player Ron Coberley. Muni Band members take turns conducting the summer concerts.

"Performing at the Iowa Municipal Band Festival in Boone is a great opportunity for our band," Coberley said. "It is a chance to represent this fine band, and the entire Burlington area, in a first-class manner at a very prestigious event. We seem to be playing better than ever this year, and it will give us a challenge to be at our very best."

The Herman Park Pavilion is roof-covered for the bands and audience, thus performances will go on, rain or shine.

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Coberley said most of the Band's selections are new for the Muni musicians this year.

"Also adding a lot to our program will be a neat and difficult Spanish-flavor trumpet solo by Derrick Murphy," he said. "We would also like to extend a big thank-you to SEISO conductor Bob McConnell for being so gracious as to play oboe for us in our time of need."

Muni oboist Jason Edwards will be unable to attend the concerts.

"If you have friends in the Boone/Ames/Des Moines area, we would love to have them in the audience," Coberley said.

And if you're in Des Moines and want to chow down with the players after the show, they'll stop for dinner on the way home at Smokey D’s, 5055 NE 2nd Ave. That's at the Second Ave. exit off I-80.

Each band member receives $10 from the Municipal Band Foundation to help with the meal expense.

The Muni Band was a true municipal band until 2011, when the city of Burlington decided they could no longer afford a public band, so the Foundation was formed to provide operating expenses, instruments and so on with the help of various donors and underwriters.

"There are an awful lot of people in Burlington and the surrounding area who do support the Band, both with attendance and from a financial standpoint," Coberley said. "Special thanks should go out to the Moore family and Burlington Trailways for providing us with transportation to the event."

Coberley said the Muni Band's Boone fete program will be repeated at their Crapo Park concert July 15.

"For that one, we will also be adding three selections we will play with the Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band," he said. It will be the fifth consecutive year the Muni Band has presented the Nauvoo pipers. 

The Bagpipe Band will perform alone at the bandshell from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.  before the Muni Band joins them for three selections at 7:30.

Bagpipe aficionados will have their hearts a-flutter with the two national anthems of the bagpipe world: "Scotland the Brave" and, of course, "Amazing Grace."

No bagpipe concert would be complete without those songs.