Video/photos: Band Jam 2014 fills Southwest Athletic Complex with music, marching, more

July 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 6 Comments

(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):

And Chaotic Noise Marching Corps – a punk-ish hit last year – is still to come, as is the host All-City Band, directed by Marcus Pimpleton, who launched Band Jam here five years ago:

(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).


  1. This was such fun! Thank you, WSB for getting the word out. We’ll be sure to plan for it next year!

    Comment by H Pk mom — 7:46 am July 26, 2014 #

  2. That was so fun. Thanks for the heads up. Kids didn’t make it past the Ten Man brass band (too many late summer nights caught up with them I guess), but the bands we saw were awesome!

    Comment by sam-c — 7:53 am July 26, 2014 #

  3. Yes — THANK YOU!!! I would never have known about this event without reading the blog and it was AWESOME!!! My favorite was the Chaotic Noise group — makes me want to learn an instrument just to hang out with them. They were actually having FUN and you could see it and feel it.

    Thanks WSB, where would I be without you!?!?!?!

    Comment by jissy — 2:38 pm July 26, 2014 #

  4. Every kid will remember being on that field and energizing the crowd. And seeing an example of other bandies still loving their instrumental expression into adulthood. I even think the stands might have been more full than past performances at memorial stadium. Band Jam is always a treat.

    Comment by Markos — 6:03 pm July 26, 2014 #

  5. Thank you to the awesome and honest people who found my sister’s lost wallet and turned it in to lost and found.


    Comment by PG — 7:26 pm July 26, 2014 #

  6. This was an amazing, fun, free, local event! Perfect evening entertainment for a warm summer evening. Heard about it from a neighbor and look forward to attending again next year!

    Comment by Kylie — 9:16 pm July 27, 2014 #

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