Sequim City Band announces 2020 concert schedule

Time to break out those 2020 calendars, concert-goers.

Representatives with the Sequim City Band announced last week the dates for the group’s 29th concert season, one that kicks off with an indoor concert in March and hits the outdoor stage in May the start of monthly outdoor events through September.

These are free afternoon concerts dubbed the “Concerts at The James” series, held at 3 p.m. at The James Center for the Performing Arts, 350 N. Blake Ave., just north of Carrie Blake Community Park.

Dates include:

• Sunday, May 3

• Sunday, June 7

• Saturday, July 4

• Sunday, Aug. 9

• Sunday, Sept. 13

For the opening concert of 2020, the Sequim City Band hosts Navy Band Northwest for a free public concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave.

The bands will feature symphonic concert band pieces that fit the theme “Celebration.” A 90-member mass band, with musicians from both groups under the direction of Tyler Benedict, opens the concert.

As a special treat, the second half of the concert will feature a program by Navy Band Northwest under the direction of Lt. Christopher Cornette. Navy Band Northwest is the official Navy band serving several states in the western United States, performing for official military ceremonies and receptions as well as public concerts and patriotic events.

Join the band

Musicians who played an instrument previously, such as in high school, are invited to consider joining the band. If interested, contact the group via www.sequimcityband.org or call and leave a message at 360-207-4722.

Several members of the Sequim City Band had not played for 30 or more years before picking up their instrument and joining band.

There is no charge to the musician for participation.

There is no formal audition process either; rather, the decision to participate is made between Benedict, the music director, and the potential band member.

The Sequim City Band is an all-volunteer community concert band that formed in 1992 with 14 instrumental musicians. The 70-plus member band normally has about 55 to 65 musicians on stage for any given concert. Members hail from Sequim, Carlsborg, Port Angeles, Forks, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock and Poulsbo.

Besides concerts and events, the group — a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit — provides scholarships for high school students who perform with the Band and are pursing a post-high school degree.

For more information about the Sequim City Band, “like” the band on Facebook or visit www.sequimcityband.org and learn how to support the band by becoming a “Band Aide.”

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