(UPDATED overnight with more photos, video added inline)
6:52 PM: We’re at Southwest Athletic Complex in Westwood, where the Junior All-City Marching Band – seen in our quick video clip above – has just opened this year’s Band Jam, an event that’s continued to grow in the past few years as a tune-up event (and showcase) for some of the marching bands participating in the Seafair Torchlight Parade, which is happening tomorrow night.
Following the Junior All-City Band, the Pacific Northwest Drumline (above & below) has just taken the field.
This is going on for at least another hour and a half, and it’s free (with concessions available, to support music programs) – we’ll have more sounds and sights later, but for now, c’mon down.
7:14 PM: The Sumner High School Marching Band – explained by their announcer as including middle-school musicians too – is on the field now:
These musicians came almost all the way from Mount Rainier, which you can see in a peek view here in the SWAC stands.
P.S. Non-conventional “marching” bands play Band Jam too; the Ten-Man Brass Band followed Sumner (bound for the Capitol Hill Block Party later tonight):
(added post-show) Chaotic Noise was wild as ever:
(See video on Facebook.) We noticed some membership overlap between CNMB and Sounders FC’s Sound Wave, which rocked the stadium too:
8:41 PM: And last up, ACB:
(added) Followed by the night-ending jam, with just about everyone joining ACB on the field:
Meantime, it’s less than 24 hours until the Torchlight Parade downtown tomorrow night – we’ll have info in our Saturday morning preview (including the Torchlight Fan Fest starting at noon, where you can go check out floats long before the parade begins).