Sterling Municipal Band

When the citizens of Sterling voted for a municipal band tax in 1928, our musical ensemble officially became the Sterling Municipal Band. This year we are celebrating our 90th Anniversary. The first band board composed of the late John Wagner, Harold Ward and Lester Hendricks engaged Jake   Hitzelberger as their first conductor. Down the line, J.J. Richards gave D.W. Grandon the   suggestion that a band could  never be made outstanding in Sterling until there was a fit place in which it might play. As a result, Mr. Grandon erected the Grandon Civic Center which has served as an inspiration to all local musicians. Mr. Richards started hundreds of younger musicians on the right path, and the splendid foundation given these boys and girls by past Sterling band conductors and instructors like Gunnar Benson, C.C. Myers and Kenneth Baily served as  a wonderful incentive to the musical growth of our community.

2019 Summer Band Dates

Wednesday Municipal band concert dates 
  • June 5th - Summer Season Opener
  • June 12th - Military Appreciation Night.  Celebrating area veterans and honoring Flag Day 
  • June 19th - Dr. Thomas Bough from Northern Illinois University 
  • June 26th - Dr. Gregory Cunningham from Oakland University
  • July 3rd - Independence Day Celebration featuring The Chicago Mercantile Battery during the 1812 overture
  • July 10th - Mike McCoy retired from Sterling High School
  • July 17th - Featuring the music of John Williams 
  • July 24th - Dr. Alicia Neal from Eastern Illinois University
  • July 31st - Kids Koncert
  • August 7th - Summer Season Final

 Saturday Municipal Jazz Band concert dates  

  • June 22nd 
  • July 6th - The Josh Duffee Orchestra celebrating Louis Bellson's birthday!


All preformances begin at 7:30 p.m. Come early and enjoy concessions from the food court provided by area non-profits.  Feel free to bring a lawn chair or a blanket.  All ages are welcome for these FREE community performances. 

Contact Us

Sterling Municipal Band Commission

Allen Lee - Gonzalo Reyes (Chairperson) - Amy Boze - Kevin O'Keefe - Alex Segneri

Sterling Municipal Band Administrative Staff

Paul Ausman, Band Manager

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Municipal Band Mission Statement

The Sterling Municipal Band’s mission is deeply rooted in the concept of “community” and in encouraging involvement in music for people at all stages of life. The SMB’s mission is to be a leader in performance and music education, while reaffirming the heritage of bands in America.

This mission incorporates five objectives:

- to make a substantial contribution to musical life locally and nationally.

- to give our audiences memorable performance experiences with the highest quality wind music in a wide range of musical styles.

- to foster and promote wind music and the adult band concept through concerts, conferences, tours, recordings, publication and commissions.

- to assist in the music education of young people – the future generation of adult musicians – through the presentation of concerts and exposure to guest artists and guest conductors.

- to provide our members with an opportunity for musical expression, growth, and fellowship