The Band and Its History

The Highline Community Symphonic Band was founded in 1971 by Wally Rantz, at that time the Band Director at Tyee High School in Seatac, Washington. The band was originally founded as a teaching tool for parents who wanted to experience the same thrill and excitement their children did through the learning and performance of music. During that first year the adults began to learn their instruments and eventually gave a recital at the high school. The thrill was born and so was Highline Band.

Over the years the ensemble has come to be considered one of the premier community wind bands in this part of the country. Members of the ensemble now come from throughout the greater Seattle area to rehearse and perform quality wind band literature.

Mission and Goals

The Highline Community Symphonic Band (HCSB) is dedicated to providing classical band music for the enjoyment and cultural enrichment of communities in and around the Highline area of South King County.

Pursuant to this the HCSB performs quality concerts in a traditional venue without cost to the general public, while nurturing individual talents and continuously improving the skills of all HCSB members.

HCSB provides a venue for local amateur musicians, post high school to senior citizens, to continue or return to the enjoyment and challenge of playing a wide range of concert band music. The band also provides an opportunity for selected high school instrumental students to expand their musical education by participating in a quality community symphonic band.

Resources and audiences

HCSB has become an active member in the City of Burien Arts Commission which promotes attendance at various cultural functions in the Highline community. We have allocated funds to publicize our band through posters, flyers, and this web site. The concerts performed at the Highline Performing Arts Center are published via the monthy events calendar in their newsletter. Listings of our activities are also published in the local newspaper The Highline Times.

The group developed and is expanding a mailing list to send flyers to area libraries, music stores, music groups, retirement homes, senior centers, HCSB friends, and other prospective concert attendees. The flyers have the season concert schedule, and information about the ensemble, the director, and the organization.

In recent years the organization has encouraged HCSB members playing in small ensembles to perform after our concerts during our refreshment and socializing time. Our audiences have expressed their enjoyment and this has allowed us to demonstrate a range of opportunities in small ensemble work (saxaphone trio, flute quartet, brass quintet, etc.).

Challenges

Our primary ongoing challenge is to effectively publicize our performances to increase attendance at our concerts. We are working to establish a publicity committee that will coordinate with the various media so that our concert schedules are publicized regularly and easily accessable to the South King County Community.

Another challenge is to help in the musical education of our Highline students by providing select ensembles to perform at particular school functions. This activity would not only improve our concert attendance, but might also encourage young musicians to continue with their musical education.

The HCSB organization will strive to participate in more local community arts functions such as the Burien Strawberry Festival, and will explore the possibility of joint performances with other performing groups in the Highline area such as Choral Sounds Northwest

And the biggest challenge of all, to continue providing concerts of enjoyable high-quality concert band music at absolutely no cost to the South King County Community.

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