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The Hometown Band

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 surrounding areas in western Washington State. Led by conductor Jas Linford and comprised solely of volunteer musicians the members include retirees, students, and people with a wide range of occupations all of whom share an interest in playing together and bringing music to the community. They perform an average of 20 concerts per year at local civic events, festivals and public gatherings.

Their concert program encompasses a variety of musical genres. Summer audiences enjoy their traditional concert music, military marches, patriotic songs, with an occasional jazz or swing number thrown in for good measure. In the fall they roll out the barrels with lively polkas and Oktoberfest beer hall standards. Their winter performance season wraps up the year with Christmas carols and other holiday favorites.