Municipal Band

South Milwaukee Municipal Band

Our History

The Municipal Band was established in 1935 by 13 musicians, many of them recent graduates of South Milwaukee High School. By the time the band celebrated its 50th anniversary, its membership had grown to nearly 100. Over the years, the band has traveled extensively, participating in VFW and American Legion conventions around the country, playing at the New York World’s Fair, and performing on original 1860s instruments at the Civil War Centennial celebration in Galena, Illinois. Closer to home, the band has marched in countless parades, including the famous Schlitz Circus Parade, and South Milwaukee’s own Spectacle of Music.

Present Day

Today, although we are no longer a marching band, the “Muni” Band continues to be quite active.  Our year-round performances include supporting the city of South Milwaukee at patriotic events, and delighting audiences at area retirement and care facilities, summer outdoor concerts, and other venues.  Our repertoire includes marches, patriotic music, Broadway and movie tunes, classical concert band arrangements, and more. The band is comprised of volunteer musicians from South Milwaukee and surrounding communities. Our members represent a wide range of professions, ages, and talents.  We are life-long musicians who enjoy sharing our talents with the community. Come join in the fun with the
South Milwaukee Municipal Band!

Meet Our Director

Sarah Atkinson, a South Milwaukee graduate, has been the director of the “Muni” Band since 2012.  Sarah earned her Music Degree at U.W. Green Bay, and is currently a Milwaukee Public School music teacher. 

muni band director

Concert Schedule

Join the Band

The South Milwaukee Municipal Band always welcomes new members. If you play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument, please join us.  Miss playing your instrument? Dust off the cobwebs and come rehearse with us.  All levels of proficiency are welcome; no auditions required. . Enjoy the fellowship with other musicians while enriching your musical skills.  Membership is open to high school students and adults. We’d love to have YOU be a part of our group! 

The “Muni” Band (sponsored by the South Milwaukee Recreation Department) rehearses

Tuesdays (7:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.) in the South Milwaukee Middle School band room.

 (1001 15th Ave.,
South Milwaukee)

Contact Us
For more information, contact:  Jody Daharsh 414-764-6279