Concert Band makes up the core of the Walla Walla Valley Bands’ program and is its flagship ensemble. This is a full symphonic band numbering upwards of 80 instrumentalists and playing a variety of genres and grade levels. Repertoire includes the traditional, contemporary and popular. Concert Band has performed in Hermiston, Pasco, Milton-Freewater, Waitsburg, Dayton, Yakima, Prosser and Lewiston. Performances throughout the year occur in October/November, December, March and April, as well as in May for Whitman College Commencement, and on the 4th of July in Pioneer Park. The band also participates in invitational performances with other regional ensembles.
Currently, the Concert Band is especially interested in recruiting community members who play oboe, French horn, and trombone, though all are welcome to join. There is no audition necessary but you must be 18 years or older, have previous instrumental experience and be able to read music.
If you are interested in joining please contact our board at 509-540-1166.
The WWVB Jazz program continues to grow. Members and students are placed into ensembles based on the needs of the organization and desire of the individual to grow as a jazz musician. Each spring the jazz groups perform a jazz-only concert.
Mill Creek Jazz Ensemble
The Mill Creek Jazz Ensemble consists of a traditional jazz band instrument setting of four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes and a full rhythm section, playing charts that are staples of many big bands across the country. Genres include swing, funk, Latin, blues and rock.
Members are placed into the group based on instrumental sound characteristics, as the band works to achieve a balanced, blended sound. The advanced nature of the literature performed requires an additional dedication to practice and personal excellence. Occasional extra rehearsals are required for participation and the ensemble may travel a time or two during the season.
Main Street Jazz Band
The Main Street Jazz Band is open to all musicians with an interest in playing jazz, rock, Latin and popular music outside the traditional Concert Band setting. You only need to have a love of all things fun to participate. The instrumentation is based on a traditional jazz ensemble, but includes space for flutes, clarinets, horns, tubas and euphoniums.
Members are free to organize their own self-directed smaller groups, rehearsing on their own, with the possibility of performing from time to time. Such groups have included flute trio, clarinet choir, sax quartet and Dixieland combo.