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About the Lincoln Municipal Band  

The Lincoln Municipal Band is Nebraska’s only professional wind ensemble.  The organization was formed over ninety years ago, making it Nebraska’s oldest professional music organization.

Beginning in 1911, the Lincoln Municipal Band (LMB) has presented an annual series of free Sunday evening summer concerts during July and August in Antelope Park.  These free concerts are the most popular events of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation summer performance series and boast regular crowds of over 1500 citizens from Lincoln and its surrounding communities. The typical LMB audience includes couples, families, and senior citizens from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The LMB presents its concerts in a traditional turn of the 20th Century concert format that includes overtures, marches, pops music, instrumental soloists, and guest vocalists.  Thematic titles and corresponding music create added variety throughout the summer including themes such as tributes to veterans, law enforcement, and teachers, as well as collaborative efforts with the Lincoln Children’s Museum, local car clubs and senior citizens’ groups.

Since 1993, the LMB has presented free indoor concerts annually at O’Donnell Auditorium on the campus of Nebraska Wesleyan University.  One of these concerts features the John Shildneck Young Artist Competition Winner.  John Shildneck, a past conductor of the band, began a tradition of inviting high school students to solo with the band, in order to gain experience playing in front of large audiences and performing with professional musicians from the community.  Keeping with this spirit, talented young musicians from Nebraska are chosen by audition to perform as the instrumental soloist for this concert. The ensemble maintains its traditional concert format for this concert, with the exception of a few artistically challenging pieces that are enabled by the concert hall acoustics and access to and space for added percussion equipment.  In conjunction with these indoor concerts, the LMB presents educational outreach concerts in the Lincoln area schools with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council, Lincoln Musicians Association, Music Performance Trust Funds, businesses and charitable foundations.

The Lincoln Municipal Band has traditionally performed new band music in addition to standards of the repertoire.  Over the past decade, the LMB has premiered new compositions and arrangements from Nebraska composers Randall Snyder, Boyd Bacon and Jay Pralle, and has recorded a new work by nationally renowned composer Robert Jager.  The LMB has performed for a number of popular events in Lincoln, including the Cornhusker State Games, Fourth of July Celebration at Holmes Lake and the Nebraska Bandmasters Convention.  In 1994, the LMB toured central Japan and represented the City of Lincoln at the World Festival Exposition in Mie, Japan.

In 1992 the City of Lincoln named the bandshell in Antelope Park after the late John Shildneck, in honor of over 50 years of service as conductor of the ensemble.  The LMB hosted a variety of guest conductors following John Shildneck’s tenure until the appointment of Dr. Herbert Dregalla, who was Music Director for nearly a decade.  Beginning in 2000, the Lincoln Municipal Band was pleased to appoint highly noted Nebraska music educator Bob Krueger as Music Director and long time Lincoln Public Schools instrumental music director Terry Rush as Assistant Director.