VIDEO: Musicians on the march @ Band Jam 2015

7:13 PM: The Junior All-City Band (above) is on the field right now at Southwest Athletic Complex as an hour and a half of marching-band music gets under way @ Band Jam 2015.

All welcome – free! See the WSB Instagram feed for video clips as it continues.

9:13 PM: The jamboree is over – another high-energy show! – and the bands are off to get ready for their next gigs, including tomorrow night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade, the lineup for which features two of tonight’s featured bands, the All-City Band and Sumner Spartans Marching Band (below):

We’ve added a few of our Instagram clips, while downloading photos and video to publish/substitute in this story later.

11:44 PM: More photos! A drill team joined the lineup this year, the Washington Diamonds:

You might have seen their award-winning performance in the West Seattle Grand Parade a week ago. Tonight, they performed alone and with the All-City Band.

The ACB, of course, is the host of Band Jam, and the stars of the show, for their moves as well as their music:

The ACB program is directed by Marcus Pimpleton, who also has long led other programs including Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School across the street from tonight’s venue:

The other sizable band in the show, Sumner:

Bands don’t have to be big in size to have a big sound. The Rainbow City Marching Band strode onto the field and proved that:

As announced, and as described online, this Seattle-based band is part of a community-based program promoting LGBTA inclusivity.

Smaller still, but also spirited, the Ten Man Brass Band:

They’re also Seattle-based and describe their style as “riot jazz”:

And then, raucous as ever, comes the Chaotic Noise Marching Corps:

The self-described “renegade marching band” rocked the stadium again this year:

All the acts drew vigorous applause from spectators – cheers and whoops too. Band Jam dates back to 2009 as a Torchlight Parade-eve tuneup opportunity; it moved to Memorial Stadium downtown for a few years but came back here last year.

4 Replies to "VIDEO: Musicians on the march @ Band Jam 2015"

  • West Seattle Hipster July 24, 2015 (7:25 pm)

    I can hear the drums from my crib, and I dig it.


    Wish it happened more often.

  • The Smiths July 25, 2015 (7:58 am)

    I absolutely love the Ten Man Brass Band! They are fabulous every year! I’ll have to look for other gigs because my once a year fix at Band Jam isn’t enough!

  • AceMotel July 25, 2015 (11:59 am)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos. So much fun!

  • Alaska Junction Mom July 26, 2015 (11:56 am)

    Thanks for covering this WSB!

    This was my first time going, with a first time ACB kid, and I had a blast, goose bumps from all the bands. It was really fun seeing the smiles on the musicians’ faces, if they don’t often do field work or play for a sitting audience, and get to see how much we appreciate them.

    BTW, The Smiths, there is a festival organizer HONK Fest West, you can follow on FB, they are all about the brass bands, it seems the big event is in June.

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