Rehearsal Hall Expansion

Rehearsal Hall Expansion

Swisher Hall, the current rehearsal facility for Sequim City Band, the Sequim Community Orchestra, the Strings Kids Program, and several other ensembles was built as part of the James Center for the Performing Arts in 2005. When the Band completed the building project, the facility was donated to the City of Sequim for use by many diverse musical organizations.

Swisher Hall was intended to be an “all-purpose room” for use by up to 35 people at a time. The growth of the Band to about 70 members is one of the driving factors in the need for an expanded facility. The Sequim Community Orchestra has experienced growth exceeding the current space as well. The tight quarters packed with music stands, chairs, instruments, and cases, in addition to personnel, have created a hazardous environment for our musicians. Poor acoustics, dated dim lighting, and stagnant air within the room also have negative impacts on the musicians.

Another concern has been the growth of the Band’s music library and instrument collection. The library alone has grown from five file cabinets of sheet music in 2002 to over two dozen cabinets full of the sheet music that the public enjoys at each of the Band’s free concerts. Musical instruments, particularly large percussion instruments, have been acquired by the Band over the years and fail to fit into the 25 square foot storage closet within Swisher Hall. Having a dedicated space in which to rehearse will help preserve and secure these personal properties of the Band.

The large, open, nearly 2500 square foot hall will easily accommodate up to 75 musicians, including a full percussion section. The proportions of the room will make sound acoustics more easily achieved. New lighting and HVAC systems improve the overall comfort, safety, and usability of the hall. Lastly, the addition of a second bathroom is a necessity for the greater number of musicians. The current Swisher Hall footprint will accommodate the music library and instrument storage.

The Band supports other musical organizations by providing the use of Swisher Hall for rehearsals. These include:

  • Sequim Community Orchestra
  • Strings Kids Music Education Program
  • The Saxologists (Saxophone Ensemble)
  • Olympic Winds (Clarinet Ensemble)
  • Sequim City Band Brass Quintet
  • Adventures in Music String Quartet
  • Adventures in Music Woodwind Quintet

Donations can also be mailed directly to the band, please note on your donation that it is for the Rehearsal Hall. Thank you!

Sequim City Band, PO Box 1745, Sequim, WA 98382

The Sequim City Band is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of Band and community members.

We thank all of our Capital Campaign Donors

Master Builders $5,000 +
Sequim City Band
Arts Fund
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Patricia Petit
Patsy & David Mattingley
Randy & Debbi Soderstrom
Steve Shepherd
David & Janet Proebstel
The Sunderland Foundation
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

Ben B. Cheney Foundation

Apprentices $1,000-$4,999
Linda Makela
Susan Thrune
Jim Witt
Mary Lowry
Wendy & Michael Starkey
The Boeing Company
Cindy & John Mackay
John Adams
Marie Meyers
Mark & Lisa Condran
Martin & Audreen Williams
Mary Allen Clark
Mike & Diane Flynn
Seth Saxton
Sunni Becker
William & Susanne Herrick
William and Kathy Benedict
Sharyn Fuller
Pat Gachowski
Vernon & Sandra Frykholm
Martin Greene & Kathleen Wright
Ruth Messing
Kris Ecklund

Carpenters $10-$999
David & Valerie Hinchliff, Bryan and Janet Bock, Dale & Linda Hackney, David and Jane Olson, Philip Morgan-Ellis, Robert Knapp, Mary Massey, David and Cindy Rodgers, Thomas & Nancy Reis, Daniel Servos, Lona & Joe D’Entrone, Lisa Bright, Masami Dave & Brenda Nishinaka, Eberhard Klix, Elizabeth Garifalos, Janet Norman, John & Nancy Jost, Lesa Barnes, Marge Rosen, Michael McAleer, Patricia Stewart M.D., Paul Larned, Roberta & Neil Usselman, Samantha Ewing, Bob Becker, Branette Richards, Cheryl Montgomery, Rebecca Jones, Richard & Christine Snow, Marilyn & Martin Siebens, John David Crow, Josie Carroll, Alex Wilson, Jim & Susan Stanley, Charity Van Ausdle, Susan Van Ausdle, Alan & Patricia Tochie, Sue Nelson, Bill Serra & Susan Lee, Nelson Wainwright, Doug Brundage, Kendell & Eleanor Olin, Cathy & James Hinz, Anonymous

We express our sincere appreciation for the following charitable organizations for their generous support