The Woodinville Community Band (a 501c or charity organization) is based in a suburb of Seattle. It's biggest sponsor is Microsoft who pays $17 an hour to to Microsofties who participate excluding practice time. The band consists of:
- Woodinville Concert Band with over 60 players
Woodinville Jazz Ensemble with 18 players
Woodinville Big Band with 20 players
There are also some adjunct combos. All bands have waiting lists for people waiting to get in. None of the bands have auditions... yet. All bands have professional directors, ringers (pro/semi-pro musicians) in lead or principle parts, and the new music budget is between $1000 - $2000 yearly. Uniform is usually white over black, black over black, Hawaiian (multi-colored, think loud) over black or tan pants/skirts.
There is a board of directors for the following positions:
Director of Membership
Director of Publicity
Director of Events
This frees up the directors to select new music purchases, select music and concerts, and work with the bands.
Sample music played include:
- Poet and the Peasant
Variations of a Korean Folk Song
Example video before the band was split to start the Big Band
Residual Fire Dance
Nasty Bit of the Blues
Starts Practicing May 2008
- In the Mood
String of Pearls
There are many community bands and orchestras in the Seattle and surrounding suburbs. But as more baby boomers (born '46 to '64) get closer to retirement, there is more competition to find a band to play with. And most of the community bands play old music and marches because they do not have the budget that the WCB is so fortunate to have at this time.