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.

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.

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