Founded in 1982 by Ed Swanzey and a dozen musicians for the Kingston 4th of July parade, the Hometown Band is a community band that serves Kitsap County and surrounding areas in western Washington State. The Hometown Band strives to provide a friendly and supportive environment in which band members of varying skill levels can learn and enhance their musicianship while offering challenging performances that enrich the local community.
Comprised solely of volunteer musicians, our members include retirees, students, and people with a wide range of occupations who all share an interest in playing together and bringing music to the community. We perform an average of 30 concerts per year at local civic events, festivals and public gatherings.
Our concert program encompasses a variety of musical genres. Summer audiences enjoy our traditional concert music, military marches, patriotic songs, and an occasional jazz or swing number thrown in for good measure. In the fall, we roll out the barrels with lively polkas and Oktoberfest beer hall standards. We also provide our local semi-pro football team, the Kitsap Bears, with a pep band for home games. Our winter performance season wraps up with Christmas carols and other holiday favorites.
We hope to see you at our next concert!
The Hometown Band is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
All donations are tax deductible, and the donor will be provided with a receipt. Checks should be made
payable to The Hometown Band, and donations are also accepted through the band's PayPal account.
Our organization appreciates donations of cash, securities and in-kind donations such as printing, sheet music, musical instruments, or any other usable item or service.