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.  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 has 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.


2021 Band Dates

Municipal band concert dates 
  • January 8th - Winter Pops Concert at Abiding Word Church 
  • April 28th - Spring Concert Featuring Dr. Mark Ponzo, Retired Northern Illinois University 
  • June 2nd - Summer Music Under the Stars Season Opener  
  • June 9th - Brian Dollinger; Clinton Symphony Orchestra & Muscatine Symphony Orchestra
  • June 16th - Bryan Miller; Leyden, IL High School, 566th Air Force Band, & Air National Guard Band of the Midwest
  • June 23rd - Robert Sheldon Composer 
  • June 30th - 
  • July 7th - 
  • July 14th - Dr. Jonathan Poquette, Elon University
  • July 21st - 
  • July 28th -  

All performances 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 - Tony Crisp


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