The Walla Walla Valley Bands were incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006 after a re-branding effort designed to reflect the new mission and service of the band. Formerly known as the Walla Walla Community Band, the organization originated in 1989 and for the past 20 years has proudly represented the area at events celebrating the community.
The program is a hybrid Community Band - Community College organization, with a growing student population. These students have the opportunity to learn while playing alongside amateur and semi-professional adult musicians with decades of performance experience. Consisting of a full Concert Band, two Jazz Bands and several Chamber Ensembles including a Sax Quartet, the 80+ members represent a cross section of the Walla Walla Valley.
Director Ron McHenry has led the band since 2001, enjoying the renaissance of interest and development in the ensembles and is proud to lead excited musicians in building a program representative of the incredible Walla Walla commmunity. Jesus Vasquez joined the program as the Assistant Director in 2008 when growth necessitated additional leadership resources.
In addition to performing quarterly concerts in October, December, March and May, the various groups and ensembles perform throughout the Walla Walla Valley during the year. Regular annual performances include Downtown Caroling the first weekend in December, a tour in March, Whitman Commencement in May and 4th of July in Pioneer Park.
Rehearsals take place in room MUS304, and most performances occur in the recently completed Performing Arts Center adjacent to the new Health Sciences building.
Enjoy exploring our website! During your journey you can explore past concert programs including video footage, find out about how the band started and its' achievements in addition to learning how to become a member yourself.