About

The Ankeny Community Band was founded in 2004 shortly after the opening of the Bandshell in Wagner Park. The band has now grown to approximately 50 musicians and performs six concerts per season beginning with Memorial Day and ending in late July. The band strives to provide an informal venue for adults who want to continue to play their instrument after high school or college, while providing high-quality free band concerts to the community. The material played by the band follows the time-honored tradition of many community bands throughout the state of Iowa playing marches, show tunes, and other popular band literature.

Under the baton of musical directors Joel Poppen and Jayson Gerth the Community Band begins its season with a short concert at Ankeny Memorial Gardens on Memorial Day and will conclude its season in late July in a joint concert with the Ankeny Community Chorus. The band is supported by the City of Ankeny and Ankeny Community Schools through the use of their facilities and equipment. In addition, the band is supported financially with grants from the Polk County Board of Supervisors Community Betterment Grant Program and Bravo of Greater Des Moines.

Throughout the summer the band practices on Tuesday evenings in the bandroom at Parkview Middle School. Concerts are generally held on Wednesday evenings. For additional information about the Ankeny Community Band, please contact mail@ankenycommunityband.com.