The Seattle Symphonic Band is affiliated with the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at North Seattle Community College. The musicians of the SSB are volunteers from throughout King County as well as students from NSCC. College credit for participation is available.
The Seattle Symphonic Band was founded in 1970 under the direction of Ben Halgrimson. Dr. Stafford Miller assumed the leadership in 1972, beginning a tenure of distinguished service which lasted 21 years. Raydell Bradley directed the ensemble from 1993 through 1997. Lauren Anderson was appointed Music Director and Conductor in 1998, with Chris Harshman taking over that role in 2012.
The Seattle Symphonic Band has given many distinguished performances in the past four decades, including a concert in Victoria, British Columbia for the Victoria Days Celebration; concerts at the Seattle Center Opera House; a performance for the Music Educators’ National Conference; and concerts in many parks and churches in the Seattle area. The band performs concerts quarterly at NSCC.
We have three formal concerts each year, a solo recital for any member interested in playing, and the ensemble concert by groups made up mostly of band members. We regularly play for the North Seattle Community College graduation in the spring. We have played for band festivals, fairs, and community events at venues from Tacoma to Bellingham.