Video: Torchlight Parade eve ‘Band Jam’ in West Seattle

(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
7:17 PM: The first of more than half a dozen marching bands is on the field right now at Southwest Athletic Complex across from Chief Sealth International High School, for this year’s Band Jam – something the Seattle All-City Band and its director Marcus Pimpleton (photo below; he’s also music leader at Sealth and adjacent Denny International Middle School) came up as a way for ACB and visiting bands to have fun and tune up the night before the big Seafair Torchlight Parade.

Good crowd already in the stadium stands, but still lots of room for you to drop in – no admission charge, but if you buy concessions/merchandise from ACB volunteers, that’ll benefit their ongoing operations. The Junior All-City Band, which Pimpleton explained as a “two-week camp” – including its performance in last Saturday’s Rotary Kiddie Parade before the West Seattle Grand Parade – is up first. Others to come include not only the ACB but also the Calgary Round-Up Band (seen in the WS Grand Parade as was the ACB), Pacific Northwest Drumline (video below), Sumner High School Marching Band (top photo), and more.

9:07 PM: Over after two high-energy hours.

Surprise of the night, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps (photo above), a self-described ‘renegade marching band’ – wow! (Video added:)

11:05 PM: We’re adding photos and video now, some inline, some in this last section. Here’s our video of how the night ended – with members of all the bands getting back out on the field for what was indeed a band jam:

Aside from that, Calgary put on what was literally the biggest show:

It was a field-wide, theatrical presentation with a circus theme, including acrobatics, and even, as shown in our photo above, a few costumes. Video:

Shadows fell on the field as dusk approached, but spirits and sound blazed brightly:

Some of the hosts’ choreography:

All-City Band has been practicing at SWAC this year instead of their traditional site, Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center.

ADDED SATURDAY: Thanks to Steve White for the view above of the stands from the field’s south end!

15 Replies to "Video: Torchlight Parade eve 'Band Jam' in West Seattle"

  • Ferryboat July 26, 2013 (9:25 pm)

    Band Jam was super fun! There was a great crowd. All the groups were exceptional. Is the Jam normally at SW Athletic or is it at Memorial Stadium since that’s where ACB practices (not this year). Can’t wait until next year’s performance!

  • Steve f July 26, 2013 (9:25 pm)

    Wow! Absolutely fun and entertaining! Many thanks and congrats to all the bands and especially the ACB Director for pulling it all together. So much fun!

  • justadumbguy July 26, 2013 (10:22 pm)

    This was a fun, fun night. We’re definitely going to put it on the calendar for next year. I Second the raves for Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, were they ever FUN!

  • TypoWS July 26, 2013 (10:33 pm)

    Oh, I would have loved to see and hear that. I’m hoping ACB will tell us ahead of time next year! Former marching band member. ;-)

  • TypoWS July 26, 2013 (11:08 pm)

    Thanks, T.R. – I knew you’d cover it if you knew!! I’m realizing I’ve missed some things lately due to illness. I’ll try to remember to use your search box a little more. ;-)

  • ACB Fan... July 26, 2013 (11:23 pm)

    Wow! Tonight’s Band Jam was a dynamic event filled with a colorful array of genuine creativity, passionate energy and excellent music as a unified community. There were many surprises that embodied a rich level of cultural depth and variety unmatched as young and old joined together to celebrate our shared talents, hard work, and leadership. What we experienced tonight, culminating in a true “Jam” session with all the performers joining together to play together on the same field, was a most amazing event. I am so proud to be connected with All City Band. A powerful light of hope ignited many souls tonight and for just a few hours, we were truly a beacon of goodwill and generosity common to all that is good in the world. Best wishes to everyone tonight and tomorrow as they endeavor to bring a taste of tonight to Torchlight tomorrow night. It was truly inspirational.

  • Jim P. July 26, 2013 (11:58 pm)

    I’d have loved to have gone. Was this mentioned anywhere other than after the fact? (Not meaning to be snarky.)

    I read the wsb pretty regularly and would really love to see more “heads up” on this kind of thing.

  • sam-c July 27, 2013 (8:10 am)

    that looks sooo cool- I hope I find out about it ahead of time next year!
    I only missed it cause I haven’t been online as much lately.

    • WSB July 27, 2013 (8:28 am)

      For anyone with a planner – just make a note of the night before the Torchlight Parade (and I’m **sure** that Seafair already has the Torchlight Parade date for next year – usually the last Saturday in July) … the question will be whether Band Jam happens here or elsewhere, since ACB will not be practicing at SWAC next year. One unofficial rumbling is that last night was such a success, it might speak well for a West Seattle encore, but we’ll leave it to ACB to announce that whenever they decide (and even if it’s somewhere else, probably well worth the trip!) – TR

  • The Farm July 27, 2013 (9:31 am)


  • Add July 27, 2013 (10:25 am)

    Bummed to miss it, had other plans. Just a note that there were also posters announcing the event hung up around town in addition to WSB coverage. Thanks for providing a vicarious experience for those of us who missed out! Next year for sure!

  • patricia adams July 27, 2013 (6:48 pm)
    the spirit of west seattle is alive and well. loved it!!

  • MC July 27, 2013 (10:10 pm)

    I just want to say the WSB is incredible! I always pop it open to find out what’s happening. Last night our family was sitting around with not much to do and we opened up WSB and found out band jam was happening just down the street. We went and had a great time. Keep up the amazing work WSB!

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