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 the surrounding areas of western Washington State. The Hometown Band strives to provide a friendly and supportive environment in which band members 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 thirty concerts per year at local civic events, festivals and public gatherings.
Our concert programs encompass a variety of musical genres. Spring and 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 polka music and Oktoberfest beer hall standards. In December our concerts feature holiday favorites.