In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thousands of bands formed in the United States. A number of bands formed in Sioux Falls, but they were short-lived. Some small communities around Sioux Falls had their own town and city bands, and Sioux Falls voted to make their own in 1919.
The Sioux Falls Municipal Band’s first concert was in McKennan Park on July 11, 1920. Thousands attended and watched the band play over 40 musical arrangements. From there, the band performed about four concerts a week at four Sioux Falls parks. The band continues to entertain 17,000 people annually at parks and other venues.
Through its 100-year history, the Sioux Falls Municipal Band has gone through many changes. Along with uniforms, the band plays a number of classic and contemporary songs. These uniforms show how the band has changed with time since 1950.
The band saw major growth through Leland Lillehaug. Some changes he brought to the Municipal Band were allowing women to join the band, purchased the “Showmobile” to allow the band to travel to outside communities, and digitized the band’s library. The museum is happy to show off his uniform while he was with the band.
The Sioux Falls Municipal Band is a concert band comprised of about 40 talented musicians. Many of them hold degrees in music. The band is comprised of a woodwinds, brass, and percussion sections.