Practicing in West Seattle this season, All-City Band in Hawaii today, Band Jam at SWAC later this month

A few times these past few weeks, Westwood residents asked about music/drums they’ve heard coming from Southwest Athletic Complex. We eventually learned SWAC is the rehearsal HQ this year for the All-City Band, the green-shirted student musicians who are fixtures in summer parades around this region. And beyond – as evidenced by the photos and update shared by Steve White:

The Seattle All City Band, under the direction of Chief Sealth/Denny music director Marcus Pimpleton, is performing this week on the island of Oahu.

Today, they participated in the Kailua, Oahu, 4th of July Parade (photo above; below is a group shot with the King Kamehameha statue in Honolulu).

Later in the week, the band will be performing at the Polynesian Cultural Center and in a parade along Waikiki Beach in downtown Honolulu.

The band is rehearsing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at SWAC to prepare for the upcoming Seafair parade season.

The band will also be hosting the Seattle All City “Band Jam” at SWAC on Friday, July 26th at 7 pm. This event features many of the music groups that will be performing in the following night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade, but in a concert setting on the football field. The event is free for all; donations to the program gladly accepted.

Before that, you’ll see them here in the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 20th.

12 Replies to "Practicing in West Seattle this season, All-City Band in Hawaii today, Band Jam at SWAC later this month"

  • band geek July 4, 2013 (8:55 pm)

    I was in All City Band back in the 80’s, and we did the same rotation of events both summers I was in band. We never traveled to any place this good.

  • Marcus Pimpleton July 4, 2013 (9:27 pm)

    Rehearsals will be most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights through August 8th from 6-9 pm. Our complete schedule of events is listed at

  • Paula Tortorice July 4, 2013 (10:12 pm)

    Loved the summers of 73-74-75 that I spent in All City Band! Wish we went to Hawaii in our day :)

  • me on 28th Ave SW July 4, 2013 (11:06 pm)

    I thought they were practicing at SWAC. i love all city band, but 3 hours of drumline gets pretty old 3 nights a week with the windows open. It is not as fun as seeing them at a parade.

  • WSB July 4, 2013 (11:08 pm)

    Yes, that’s what our story says – they are practicing at SWAC.

  • me on 28th Ave SW July 4, 2013 (11:14 pm)

    Yes. If you could hear my voice through my typing, the inflection was on “thought” LOL. After the fourth night of constant drums, I suspected as much.

  • Been there July 5, 2013 (12:05 am)

    I was in the band in 1970 and 1971. Our biggest trip was to PNE in Vancouver, Canada. Those were great summers. Hawaii would have been good, too.

  • Marcus Pimpleton July 5, 2013 (12:18 am)

    Yea, sorry in advance (or not so advance) to the neighbors. It should hopefully just be a one summer location change while Memorial Stadium is being renovated.

  • me on 28th Ave SW July 5, 2013 (7:53 am)

    Maybe the wind section could move up to the upper part of the stadium every other day or so? LOL. Thank you Marcus. : )

  • Fuzzy July 5, 2013 (1:27 pm)

    Mahalo for making the trip to our small town. You were easily the best music in the Kailua parade. Hope to see you again next year!

  • S on 30th July 5, 2013 (1:59 pm)

    @ me on 28th Ave SW – I agree.

  • steve July 5, 2013 (11:11 pm)

    My dad who lives in Kailua said he really enjoyed them.

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