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 were no community concert bands on the Olympic Peninsula.
Evolving from its roots in 1992 with 14 members, the Band today is comprised 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, Broadway and movie music, big band swing/jazz arrangements, and patriotic music – a bit of something for everyone.
James Center for the Performing Arts
The Band’s home base is the James Center for the Performing Arts located in the north section of Carrie Blake Park. Through fundraising and community support, the first phase of the James Center was built in 2005 by Sequim City Band. The facility was donated to the City of Sequim for the enjoyment and use by a variety of community musical organizations.
Construction of Phase II, an expanded rehearsal hall, began on October 3rd, 2022. This acoustically designed rehearsal hall will comfortably accommodate instrumental music groups with up to 75 musicians. Completion is anticipated by the end of February 2023.
During this Phase II (Rehearsal Hall) construction, band rehearsals are held at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church (925 N Sequim Ave, Sequim WA) each Wednesday evening from 7-9pm.
Sequim City Band Performance Schedule
Residents and visitors are able to enjoy the benefits and convenience of attending local, live musical performances free of charge throughout the year. During the warmer months, the Sequim City Band performs 5 outdoor concerts in the James Center bandshell, including its traditional 4th of July concert. During late fall, winter, and early spring, the band presents 3 indoor concerts at local venues.
The concert band also performs for community events and organizations and it has a variety of small ensemble performing groups that perform at festivals which occur in Sequim and surrounding areas.
The Band is recognized as a recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of Band and community members.