The Hermann Municipal Band is one of just a handful of community bands in Missouri that is tax supported. The band contracts with the City of Hermann to perform three concerts annually. The City, in turn, collects a band tax, which provides the funds to purchase music and pay the band members' salaries: $1.50 per practice and $5.00 per concert. Weekly practices start in February or March, and concerts are held on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and the first Sunday in August annually.
B.A. Wagner formed the Hermann Municipal Band in 1946. It is an offshoot of the former Enterprise Military Band, a group B.A. started playing with in the 1930s. When he recruited some young musicians for the band many of the older members took exception, and all but two quit the band. "It was a young group, and I got some criticism from some of the older members. But I discovered a long time ago, you don't live forever and you have to bring in the youth to keep the band going," said B.A.
Hermann collected a band tax until 1973, when the band ceased to perform due to lack of interest, but it was reactivated in 1987. Currently, the band averages 40 members from Hermann and surrounding towns. In keeping with B.A.'s feelings about including young people, several middle- and high school-age students play in the band. It is said that the oldest member of the group played in the University of Illinois marching band in 1928.
Since 2004, the city band has been under the direction of Carl Bounds, band director at New Haven High School. The Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater is the new, 'official' home of the Hermann Municipal Band. Music includes patriotic numbers, show tunes, and all-time favorites.