August 5, 2012. The Capitol City Band played a free neighborhood concert co-sponsored by DaneArts and the Waunona Association. What a magnificent setting. What a "best-kept" secret in Madison WI. A city-owned neighborhood beach.


  Concert-goers enjoyed live music on the shores of beautiful Lake  Monona at Esther Beach (a beautiful small Madison Park),  2802 Waunona Way, along the southeastern shore of Turville Bay. During the 1870's, Charles Askew and his brother ran a passenger boat business and built a dance hall and picnic grounds at Esther Beach in 1901. The park was named after Charles' daughter who died in 1883. Join us to reminisce about the
Esther Beach Dance Hall, renamed in 1934 Hollywood at the Beach. It is no longer there but, oh, for the memories.  (A project of DaneArts and the Waunona Association, J. Tiedemann,  president)

PictureArmed Forces Salute Colorguard, VFW Post 7591, Black Knights Service Flag Bearers, VFW Post 7591, Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1318 and the Madison Veterans Council A celebration of DANE 175

Hope you didn't miss this one! On July 2, 2011, 10:30 AM at the South Hamilton Street Walkway on Madison's (WI) Capitol Square, the Capitol City Band played the annual Tribute to the Troops--then and now in cooperation with the Madison Veterans Council and the Black  Knights Colorguard Post 7591 and the Women's Aux. of Post 7591.

In addition, the CCB and the Wisconsin Dells Singers and dancers of the Ho-Chunk Nation performed a commissioned piece called
 Dane 175 -- a stunning tribute to the earliest settlers of Dane County
2011 marks the 175th anniversary of Dane County, Wisconsin affectionately referred to as Dane 175. The Capitol City Band is proud to salute Dane 175 at all concerts this 2011 season.

CCB plays free community concerts on Thursday evenings Juen through August at 7 pm at Rennebohm Park in Madison WI. Bring a chair and a friend for you listening comfort.

See and hear from City Officials at the different concerts (the County Executive, the Mayor, the Chiefs of Police and Fire, and the Sheriff). See and hear a different instrumental soloist from within the Band at each concert. A professional singer from the community or a sing along are featured at each concert.
Known for his passion for music, retired professor of music, Jim Latimer was head of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music Percussion Area from 1968 to 1999. Upon his arrival in Madison, he assumed the role as timpanist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (1968-1999). Durinig this time, he was also director of the UW Percussion Ensemble (UWPE), a group that toured Wisconsin schools to introduce young children to what was then a relatively new art form.

Born in Oklahoma, Jim first studied piano and marimba with his mother at the Latimer School of Music in Tulsa. He remembers standing on a coke box to be tall enough to stand at the marimba. Marimba has since become his performance passion. In 1982, he founded the Madison Marimba Quartet. MMQ regrouped in 1987 and has performed professionally since that time. A firm believer that teachers must also perform, Latimer offered the remaining three positions in the quartet to former students who continue to teach and serve as music role models in the community.

Jim has an extensive background in teaching and in performance from Florida to Boston. While completing an advanced degree at Boston University, Jim played concerts up and down the coast with more than 30 orchestras. He was also a member of the New Boston Percussion Ensemble and percussionist with the Boston Opera Company under Sarah Caldwell and with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler.

Jim has conducted both the Capitol City Band and the VFW Volunteer Band since 1981.  He celebrated his 30th concert season in 2010. Of music, Jim says, it's powerful and it's in everything we do; it's healing and refreshing. People and things "come to life" when there's music. It brings out the good, the true and the beautiful in all of us. Music is for everyone!
The Capitol City Band was founded in 1969 by the late Dr. Elmer Ziegler. Ziegler had previously founded community bands in Rock Island, IL and Mustatine, IA. It was his dream that a community concert band should exist in every city and town in America. Ziegler, himself, was secretary to John Philip soUSA, thus new the tricks of the trade. Ziegler composed some 2000 works most of which were donated to the Shrine to Music in Vermillion SD upon his death. Ziegler became ill in 1980 and asked Jim Latimer to assist and direct the band during this time. Elmer Ziegler died in February 1981. Never did he dream that Jim Latimer would carry out his dream to have both a volunteer community band and a professional band in Madison, WI. Latimer has kept both bands performing since 1981.