About the Band

The South Sound Symphonic Band, formerly known as the Federal Way Symphonic Band and Federal Way Community Band, was founded in 1982 by Deanna Avery as an opportunity for community musicians to play in a group when there were no other community music groups in the area. Under the long-time direction of Tom Anderson, the group continues to provide quality concerts, festival performances, and special appearances in the community, oftentimes featuring guest soloists. The South Sound Symphonic Band is dedicated to providing high quality performances of concert band music as well as promoting band music awareness and music education activities in the South Puget Sound region.

As a non-profit organization, the South Sound Symphonic Band consists of talented amateur and semiprofessional musicians who enjoy the challenge of rehearsing and performing to high musical standards, as well as each other’s company.

The band is a non-profit organization and presents free concerts throughout the year. We subsist through membership dues, community donations, and grants that pay for venue and rehearsal space, printed materials, new music, and student scholarships.