The Sequim City Band is a community concert band located in Sequim, Washington on the beautiful North Olympic Peninsula. When the group was established in 1992 by Chuck Swisher, a former music educator, there was no option for community members to play in a concert band setting on the Olympic Peninsula. 

Evolving from its roots in 1992 with 20 members, the band today comprises of 70+ members from all over the peninsula. The band has had three musical directors: Chuck Swisher (1992-2008), Sanford Feibus (2008-2012), and Tyler Benedict (2013-present). The band’s repertoire includes standard concert band literature, marches (its library includes every Sousa march ever written), Broadway and movie music, big band swing/jazz arrangements, and patriotic music – a bit of something for everyone.

The band’s home base is the James Center for the Performing Arts on the north side of Carrie Blake Park. Through fundraising and community support, the James Center was built in 2005 by Sequim City Band and was then donated to the City of Sequim for the enjoyment and use of a variety of community organizations throughout the City. Rehearsals are typically held at the adjoining Swisher Hall band room on Wednesdays from 7-9pm.

The band is recognized as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is governed by a Board of Directors composed of band and community members. 

During the warmer months, the Sequim City Band performs 4 to 5 outdoor concerts in the James Center bandshell. Including the annual 4th of July concert. As well as indoor concerts in local venues during the fall and winter. Residents and visitors are able to enjoy the benefits and convenience of attending local, live musical performances free of charge throughout the year. The ensemble also performs for community events and organizations and has a variety of small ensemble performing groups.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the Sequim City Band presents scholarships to college-bound high school students and college freshman and sophomore North Olympic Peninsula music students.

The scholarship program provides funding for deserving college-bound high school students participating in musical performing groups, including the Sequim City Band

Students should be enrolled in a band program and be interested in furthering their musical knowledge.

Applicants must have played at least one concert (and accompanying rehearsals) with the Sequim City Band to be eligible for this scholarship.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement for having performed with the Sequim City Band is waived at this time.

Application Deadline: April 15th

Please include the following with this application:

  1. Essay: (one or two pages) What is the most rewarding thing you do with your musical instrument, and what difference has this made in your life?
  2. Letter of Recommendation: Include a letter of recommendation from your band director

Mail to: Sequim City Band, P.O. 1745, Sequim, WA. 98382

If you would like to contribute to the Sequim City Band, please click on the link below. We thank you for your support.

Sequim City Band is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization