Walla Walla Valley Bands is a non-auditioned adult “community” band, the largest program of its kind in eastern Washington and one of the largest in the state. With a current roster of more than 80 members, the Bands comprise a full concert band and two jazz ensembles, rehearsing weekly from September through June and performing regularly throughout the season. A typical year includes concerts in October, December, March, April, May and July. The bands and smaller ensembles also play at other community and outreach events.
The Bands are also an enthusiastic community partner with Walla Walla Community College, providing students the opportunity to participate in the program for college credit. Rehearsals and most performances are held in the WWCC Performing Arts Auditorium.
Currently searching for a new Conductor/Executive Conductor, WWVB was led from 2001-2014 by Ron McHenry, who initiated and oversaw tremendous growth in the organization, both in number and musicianship of members.
WWVB is run by an active Board and Executive Committee, and relies on volunteer efforts of members for every aspect of its operation, from fundraising and marketing to setting up rehearsal and concert spaces, maintaining a large music library, moving and securing equipment, recording performances, recruiting new members and paying the bills.
25th Anniversary Celebration Year
This year the Walla Walla Valley Bands turns 25. We celebrate the many musicians who have played with us in the last quarter-century and those who have served as Conductors and dedicated board members. We are a thriving group because of the commitment and enthusiasm of our members and Cs to bring performances of high-quality band literature to the greater community. As musicians, we also celebrate the added richness brought to our lives by participating in an organization that allows us to play music with others and stretch our skills and understanding. Everybody benefits by the existence of the bands!
Walla Walla Valley Bands is the largest community band in eastern Washington and one of the largest in the state. We got this way because of the universal joy in music we are able to share, because of the vision of our Conductors, and – not least – because of the generosity of the community in supporting our programs. Thank you for the first twenty-five years. We fully intend to make it another twenty-five. With a strong core of musicians and a capable and energized board we look forward to a celebratory year of great music.